Review of Eastwoods Park from "Yelp":

 

Eastwoods Park is my favorite Austin neighborhood park. It's grown up a lot in the past fifteen years, and now has amenities in place that we take for granted, like children's playscapes. This is due in a large part to the Eastwoods Neighborhood Association, whose members remain ardent stewards and advocates for this precious urban green space. For many years, we lived only a block away from that beautiful park (so yeah, I'm a bit biased). My children crawled, toddled, walked, ran, swam and had many adventures in and around the trees, trails, playscapes, swings, wading pool, tennis and basketball courts. I think one of them even did a science fair project there. We have so many great memories of helping clean up the creek, attending the Eeyore statue inauguration, and always, always birthday parties. It was the venue of choice for both our kids' birthdays, as well as most of their crowd. So many tree branches! So many pinatas! If you've ever wondered why there always seems to be a brightly colored candy wrapper or two under certain trees... well, now you know.We stopped by the park recently to admire their new splash pad. If you haven't had a chance to visit this gem of a park, do it already. You might come to love it as much as we do. Felecia

 

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Eastwoods Park

3001 Harris Park Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

Neighborhood Association

Austin, Texas

History of Eeyore's Birthday Party at Eastwoods Park (from Wikipedia)

 

    Eeyore's Birthday Party began in 1963 at Eastwoods Park as a spring party and picnic for Department of English students at the University of Texas at Austin by Professor Lloyd W. Birdwell, Jr. and other UT students. It was named for Eeyore, a chronically depressed donkey in A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories who, in one story, believes his friends have forgotten his birthday only to discover they have planned a surprise party for him.

 

    Despite its name, the event does not fall on the official birthday of the fictional character. The original event featured a trashcan full of lemonade, beer, honey sandwiches, a live, flower-draped donkey, and a may pole (in keeping with the event's proximity to May Day). For many years the party was a UT tradition, but subsequently the annual Birthday Party became a tradition in Austin's hippie subculture.

 

    When the festival moved from Eastwoods Park to Pease Park in 1974, Austin-area non-profit Friends of the Forest, an organization which distributes funds to other area charities, began arranging for food and drink vendors at the festival. They continue this task today along with arranging public services (toilets, buses, security, medics) and scheduling live music and family-oriented games and contests. The event is still known to most as a festival oriented towards modern hippies. It now boasts an annual attendance in the thousands.

 

 In commemoration, Eastwoods Park features a charming donkey sculpture by local artist Bob Coffee.

Coordinates

Decimal: 30.291, -97.731

 

Latitude: N 30° 17' 27"

Longitude: W 97° 43' 56"

Click here to see a satellite photograph (Google Earth).

History of Eastwoods Park

 

Eastwoods Park has an interesting history that includes hosting one of the

earliest Juneteenth celebrations in Austin in the latter part of the 19th century as well as being the original location of Eeyore's Birthday Party.

 

Click here to read more and see historical photos.

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Park hours:

Closed from 10 pm to 5 am

 

Amenities

 

10 Acres with lots of shade

3 Playscapes/swing sets (all ages)

1 Basketball court (lighted)
1 Multipurpose/softball field

2 Tennis courts

4 Barbeque pits
8 Picnic tables
Restrooms (M & W)

Water fountains

Dog pooper scooper station

Hours: 5 am to 10 pm

 

Splash Pad

Open May through first week in September — 9 am to 8 pm

Click here to see exact dates.

Click here for

map and driving instructions.

Parking at Eastwoods Park

 

Because of the close proximity to the University of Texas, parking presents a unique circumstance in that there is only metered parking Mondays through Saturdays, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The cost is $1/hour and may be paid by coins or credit cards at adjacent kiosks. Parking is free after 5:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays and is free on Sundays. Adjacent streets have resident permit parking only during the week, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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