Best Austin Parks: Butler Metro Park

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Summer is here and we know you’re looking for ways to get your family out of the house. What better way to do just that then by spending time at one of the best Austin parks? We’re back this week with yet another great Austin park, Butler Metro Park.

Due to the newest city regulations in regards to COVID-19 many of the parks in Austin are experiencing closures and reduced occupancy. Please visit Austin Parks and Recreations for the latest updates before you make plans to visit a park.



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Butler Metro Park
1000 Barton Springs Road

Butler Park is one of Austin’s first “green” parks. The park is irrigated with non-potable water from Lady Bird Lake. In addition, all of the park’s maintenance equipment is either powered by electricity or propane.

The park has many unique features including an observation hill overlooking Lady Bird Lake, a children’s garden, and a meadow. It’s the perfect place to take a hike or ride a bike followed by a picnic set the backdrop of the breathtaking Austin skyline. Plus, it’s family friendly as well as dog friendly, not to mention a great photography spot!

Photo courtesy of @jkimagefusion
Photo courtesy of @aaron.bender1
photo courtesy of @esfeber_and_i

Coming soon: Alliance Children’s Garden

The park’s Alliance Children’s Garden is currently still under construction. Due to the pandemic, the project is on hold but here are a few pictures of how to garden currently looks.

The goal is to create a multigenerational play venue representing the unique culture of Austin through contextual forms, imaginative play, playful elements, and strong aesthetics. We can’t wait to see the finished product!

Don’t forget to bring along these items: water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and snacks!

Please keep in mind that we’re still practicing social distancing and parks can get crowded at various times. Be prepared and be respectful of those around you.

To get a real feel for the park, check out the free ‘Mindful Breathing’ tutorial our summer collaborator ATX Yoga Girl recently did at Butler Park!


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