As infill projects go, Mueller is unparalleled in Central Texas. Resulting from the redevelopment of the abandoned Robert Mueller Municipal Airport (RMMA), the community was envisioned as a mixed-use urban village that has since become home to nearly 10,000 people as well as major employers like Dell Children’s Hospital, The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Pediatric Research Institute, Seton Headquarters and Austin Energy. RVi has played a vital role at Mueller, serving as the local landscape architect for the last 20 years. Now in its final stages, Mueller has been perfectly positioned as a dynamic hub in Central Austin.
A public-private partnership between the City of Austin and Catellus Development Corporation, Mueller not only meets but exceeds community-crafted goals including sustainability, economic development and revitalization. Mueller’s parks, trails and open space weave seamlessly throughout the community and equate to over 140 acres of greenspace.
Adding to the perimeter parks in the Mueller greenway system, the Southeast Greenway is located in a dense urban environment less than two miles from downtown Austin. Completed in multiple phases, the park invites you to get things rolling.
The Southeast Greenway adds a brand-new plaza style skate park and multi-skill level pump track to its excellent lineup of public neighborhood amenities. Working with skate park designer New Line Skateparks of British Columbia, Canada, the new facility boasts the first concrete pump track in all of Texas! The park also includes a restroom building as well as unique canopy structures designed by Studio8 Architects. The canopy design features vibrant colors and builds off the movement of the nearby skate and pump track. They utilize voids and shadows, working to create an interesting display of light for park users to enjoy throughout the day.
Phase One of the greenway features an innovative green infrastructure solution, where the team designed a retention/detention wet pond and stormwater facility into a thriving urban wetland, now with over 200 species of native flora and fauna. It is considered an Audubon hotspot for birders across Central Texas and is a true testament that healthy wildlife habitat can coexist with our dense urban environments through sustainable development.