Elizabeth Milburn Park & Pool
Just down the road from Berry Cool Frozen Yogurt is Elizabeth Milburn Park and Pool that has a little bit of everything for the entire family. For South Austinites, this is Cedar Park’s version of Dick Nichols District Park. Milburn Park has tennis, volleyball, basketball courts, soccer fields, covered pavilion that can be rented for occasions, one mile path around the perimeter of the park, two playscapes, a small rock climbing feature, and large city pool. Anytime that we come here, I am always struck by how large this park is, and how well it is integrated into the surrounding neighborhoods.
The two playscapes are separated though close enough so that if my preschooler wanted to play on the bigger one, I could watch her while attending to the toddler. The smaller playscape is one of my favorite ones for toddlers in area parks. It is accessible like the smaller playscape at Central Market. The structure is low to the ground so that if a toddler were to tumble off accidently, he or she would be close to the ground, and the pea gravel is very forgiving. The gravel itself is an attraction for the kids. My kids especially like to dig up the tiny rocks and pour them onto the base of the slide so that they “crash” into the rocks as they slide down. I keep plastic pails and shovels in my car for impromptu drop-ins to parks like this so the kids can enjoy the full glory that is pea gravel. The larger playscape is large enough for an adult to climb up with a younger child who might like to give this one a go. There are only two sets of swings, two buckets for the smaller kids and two slings for the bigger kids. When the park gets crowded, there can sometimes be a wait for the swings (especially the bucket ones). I like that the majority of the playground area is covered with large oak trees, and surprisingly a recent stop here with my toddler early in the morning actually was comfortable without either of us drenched in sweat after playing for an hour.
Often early in the morning, swim teams are practicing at the Milburn Pool. We have seen them swim even in the middle of winter so presumably the pool is heated for that. We have been to this pool a few times, and though it does not quite have all the amenities at the newer Veterans Memorial Pool, this one still has quite a bit to offer the smallest kids. The pool has three zones: beach area with water playscape, lap pool, and large chute slide. This chute slide does not quite have the thrill edge that the Rock ‘n River pool in Round Rock, but it is still great fun. Milburn Pool offers parent and tot swim times (through August 21) during the weekdays from 10 am -12 pm which helps to keep down the crowds. Admission is free for children under 3, and adults pay $3 without a season pass and regardless of residence location. (For full pricing, here is City of Cedar Park’s PDF document explaining all pool fees.) There are large shade awnings which provide relief from the sun over the many lounge chairs around the perimeter of the pool.
Milburn Park also hosts “Movies in the Park” and events such as the recent July 4th fireworks spectacular. The events are free, and concessions are sold though guests may bring picnic baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, etc. The Fall 2009 movie schedule include:
- Sept. 11 – Journey to the Center of Earth in 3D at 8 pm
- Sept. 25 – Bolt at 8 pm
- Oct. 9 – Hotel for Dogs at 7 pm
There are ample park benches and picnic tables throughout the place. This is easily one of those parks that we could spend an entire morning here, and if the kids get hungry, there are quite a few fast food and sit down restaurants within 1 mile down Cypress Creek Rd towards Lakeline Blvd. There are restrooms on site as well. If you are coming here, I would recommend bringing water. The water fountains never seem to work.
Elizabeth Milburn Park and Pool
1901 Sun Chase Blvd
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Pool: (512) 401-5530