Robinson Playground Park (northwest Austin)
In the northwest Austin Milwood neighborhood are two wonderful parks Robinson and Rattan Creek, operated by the North Austin MUD #1. The parks are linked together by a series of walking trails. Robinson Playground Park is the smaller of the two, and as the name implies, this is truly a playground park.
Currently, the park looks like it is undergoing some landscaping reconstruction, but it does not affect the actual playscape area, just the surrounding lawn. We brought our children here to play, hoping to tire them out before bedtime. This is one of the best parks I think for young kids. Most of the playgrounds with the plastic Little Tikes commercial equipment do not have a little clubhouse (with hinged door) beneath the slide. This one has a small clubhouse, and my kids thought it was the greatest part of Robinson Park. I would have thought that they would like the three big dinosaur climbing statues (similar to the ones at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock). No, they spent a good half hour just going in and out of that little space. I would highly recommend this park for the 3 and under simply because the playscape is safe and small for the youngest playground go-ers.
Next to the little playscape is a larger playscape with “big kid” swings and a tire swing. My kids never even ran over that way, but they did think the long “see saw” was fun. We’ve never seen this playground piece elsewhere so the kids liked the novelty of it.
What I liked most is that the park is small, easy to keep an eye on the kids, easily accessible from Anderson Mill but not close enough that traffic is a concern. The volleyball court and soccer fields are tucked away from the playground. Robinson Park is wonderfully maintained, and there are clean restrooms.
Robinson Playground Park I think would make a good spot for play groups to meet. There is not a covered area, but there are picnic tables near the playground. There is not a parking lot, but street parking is easy to find. The two parks near by (Rattan Creek and Springwoods Park) are much more crowded so of the three, if you have young kids, I’d say pick Robinson Playground Park.
Thanks very much to Shannon for sending me pictures of her recent 3 hour visit to Robinson Playground Park with her kids.
Robinson Playground Park
13340 Humphrey Drive (at Amasia)
Austin, TX 78729