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sand beach park

austin, texas


dwg.’s design for Sand Beach Park is a representation of the values of the Austin community: health and wellness, access, responsible development and environmental sustainability. This community hub combines world class swimming facilities, multi-functional play fields, an off-site watershed stewardship system and a trail connection through urban environmental planning.

Located adjacent to Lady Bird Lake, the design treats water runoff to protect this precious asset through a series of native green roofs, bioswales, rain gardens, a bio-filtration pond and a strategic grading system. This advanced system allows the landscape to act as an innovative and inviting bioengineering solution.

Sand Beach Park was honored by the Texas Chapter of ASLA with a Merit Award in 2013.

Pool renderings by Runa Workshop


  • Client: YMCA of Austin
  • Architect: Runa Workshop
  • Civil Engineer: BIG RED DOG Engineering
  • Biomimicy and Sustainability: HOLOS Collaborative
  • Pool engineering: Water Design, Inc.