Master Plans and Projects

Photo of multiple kids on play structure laughing with text and logo about the Parks Master Plan

Welcome to the website dedicated to Master Plans and special projects for the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department. Within this page, you will be able to view project information, learn more about the various projects within the department, and submit questions to City staff.

Our projects and initiatives are based on the 2019 Bond Program and with your input via surveys and public meetings, which assisted in developing our 2019 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Master Plan. 


Click on the tabs to view the project details.

  1. Playgrounds
  2. Recreation Centers
  3. Skatepark
  4. Trails
  5. Winters Park Sports Field Lighting
  6. Dog Park

Central Park Playground with slide and other platforms with spinner seat in the middle


One of the key findings in our 2019 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Master Plan was the need for more playgrounds and improvements to existing. Below you find playground projects underway. 

Central Park Playground - Opened in July 2020, Central Park playground was designed to support park patrons with a variety of physical, sensory and cognitive needs. The playground is approximately 6,500 square feet and contains poured-in-place rubberized surfacing, which allows full mobility throughout the whole playground. There is a playable lawn space contained within a 4-foot gated fence with perimeter lighting for security. The improvements also include long, integrated seat walls and picnic pads with ample shade provided by a combination of mature trees and shade structures. This playground was designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together. For more about the park, visit the Central Park page.

Eastern Hills Park - Opened in December 2020, Eastern Hills Park playground comes equipped with two sections, one for toddlers and other elementary-aged kids and up. There is even a fun spinner for those who like to challenge their friends to spin-off! Did we mention the zipline?! For more about the park, visit the Eastern Hills Park page.

One Eleven Ranch Park - Opened in December 2020, One Eleven Ranch Park playground is definitely a sight to behold. From two large playground structures to the swings for all ages, there is something for everyone!  For more about the park, visit the One Eleven Ranch Park page.


For more information about other playground projects, visit the Playgrounds Bond Project webpage.


Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Strategic Master Plan

This plan, along with $117 million from the 2019 Bond Program approved by the citizens of Garland, lays the groundwork and direction for the City of Garland to achieve this vision. Implementation of this plan will transform Garland’s parks and facilities from outdated and under-maintained facilities to modern spaces and places that allow residents and visitors to realize this vision. Our Garland identifies the vision, mission, core values, goals, objectives, and strategies to lead the City Council and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department (PRCAD) over the next ten years. This strategic direction is based upon extensive public and staff engagement at all levels. Over 2,400 stakeholders were engaged through the master planning process to identify the vision for the future and the priorities conveyed in this plan.

Download the 2019 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department Master Plan (PDF).

Download the Strategic Master Plan - Appendices (PDF)

Garland Aquatics Master Plan & Survey

This project was focused on identifying the needs of all of our pools and aquatic facilities throughout our park system. In 2019, you voted and awarded $20 million dollars to be allocated for Aquatics Facilities in the City of Garland’s 2019 Bond Program. For more updates, visit the Garland Aquatics Program Bond Project webpage.

Download the complete 2020 Garland Aquatics Master Plan (PDF).


This project plan will provide a vision to guide the future development, operations and programs of the City’s trails and bikeways system. This is not just for Parks, but for the whole City. For more information, visit our Trails Master Plan page or follow along on the construction and project scope by visiting the Trails Development Bond Project webpage.

2021 City of Garland Trails and Bikeways Master Plan (PDF)


The development phase of Rick Oden Park and the Skatepark is currently underway. 

For more updates, visit the Rick Oden Park Bond Project webpage.

A collage of pictures of playground amenities like playground, pavilion, trail bridge, and parking lot for Rick Oden Park


Everyone is creative! The City of Garland is working on an Arts and Culture Master Plan that finds ways that it can support the arts and creative expression for all residents. Please fill out this short survey to tell us about the kinds of arts and cultural activities you’re interested in. 

Fill out the survey by clicking here: City of Garland Arts and Culture Master Plan Survey.

Garland Cultural Arts Master Plan


Visit and review the complete allocation of funds on the City of Garland 2019 Bond Program page. For Parks & Recreation Projects, look for Proposition D and that will give you the entire list of Parks & Recreation projects.

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