Northwest Austin’s Emma Long Metropolitan Park

December 29, 2011by Brian Talley

Emma Long ParkEstablished in 1939, Emma Long Metropolitan Park (ELMP) is one of the largest parks in Austin with over 1,140 acres and a mile of beautiful lakefront. Visitors enjoy relaxing on its 350-foot sandy beach, hiking, camping, and water sports like boating, skiing, and swimming.

Once known as City Park, ELMP was renamed to honor Austin’s first woman to serve on the council of a major Texas city. Emma Long was elected to City Council in 1948. She reactivated the Parks and Recreation Board and eventually served as Austin’s first woman Mayor Pro Tem.

Emma Long Park trees“My friends got together and wanted to name something after me,” said Emma Long. “Ben White was a member of the City Council with me and had a street named after him down south. Ed Bluestein was a colleague and had a street named after him…there was understandable opposition.” The Council passed an ordinance naming the park after Emma on June 18th, 1984.

ELMP is dense with oak, ash, and juniper trees and has two sand volleyball courts, a splash pad, 20 RV hookups, 46 tent camping sites, 68 barbeque pits, twelve miles of trails (including an off-leash dog trail), a boat dock, as well as several swimming areas on Lake Austin. Men’s and women’s rest rooms with hot showers and dressing areas are also available.

Emma Long Park waterThe park is open daily 7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. in Northwest Austin. It lies across the lake from Seven Oaks and Rob Roy neighborhoods. Trying to find Emma Long Metropolitan Park? The street address is 1600 City Park Rd. Austin, TX 78730 and the phone number is (512) 346-1831.

Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley supports Austin Parks and Recreation and enjoys learning about Austin’s history. He also helps home-buyers stay on top of the latest in Austin Luxury Home trends. If you’re on the lookout for a Lake Austin home for sale, check out Brian’s Austin Home Search!