April 9, 2019

25 Year Anniversary of the opening of Lakeway City Park!

Lakeway, TX, USA: Parks & Trails

Before Lakeway!

The era of the American Indians and prehistoric man in Central Texas is well documented in other sources. The history of the early Texas Settlers in the Lakeway area is also well documented elsewhere. However what is not sufficiently documented is the surviving structures from the early settlers still present in Lakeway's parks. These structures include:

  1. Historic Windmill & Cistern in Serene Hills Public Park,
  2. Stock Tanks or Ponds in the Canyonlands,
  3. Rock fence in City Park,
  4. Rock fence in Serene Hills Preserve.

For additional information concerning the above, please visit the web pages in this website for the parks relative to the above structures.

Lakeway's Early Years, the Country Club Era!

In the very early years 1965-1985, social life and recreational activities in Lakeway centered mostly around the Lakeway Inn, the Marina, the Golf Clubs, the World of Tennis and Lake Travis.

Prior to 1990 Lakeway had only two small parks; Porpoise Park was no more than an empty lot; Dragon Park had only sparse facilities. Dragon was minimally maintained by the Lakeway Civic Corporation, LCC! Two waterfront parks, Rebel & Sunfish, were never developed; sadly the LCC began issuing illegal private boat dock permits for the latter parks.

Initially swimming was available at the pools located at the Lakeway Inn, however access was limited to citizens who lived in areas developed by the Lakeway Company. These pools were not available to children living in Lohmans Estates or other areas not developed by the Lakeway Company. This pool privilege ended with the bankruptcy of the Lakeway Company circa 1990. Swimming was also available at the World of Tennis however this pool was small and only available to residents who were members of the World of Tennis.

Circa 1988, the Hamilton’s donated funds to purchase the Hamilton Greenbelts I & II, again these properties were maintained by the LCC and only sparsely developed; the 2 greenbelts remained unconnected.

Prior to 1990 the City had no parks department or interest in parks. Previous to this time, the citizens looked to developer to add recreational facilities. Indeed, the developer, the Lakeway Company had added the Lakeway Inn & Marina , the Live Oak, Yaupon, & Hills Golf Courses, and the World of Tennis. Sadly all these facilities were private and only available to those willing to pay the fees. There was talk of the developer building a new Country Club with expanded facilities, however nothing came of these discussions. Circa 1988, the Lakeway Company declared bankrupcy; over the following years all the developer owned facilities were sold off. Growth of recreational opportunities in the City of Lakeway stalled circa 1990 because the citizens had always looked to the developer for new ideas about expanded recreational opportunities.