Explore Mueller’s Branch Park on Aldrich Street
Have you visited Mueller’s best-kept secret – Branch Park? If not, you should!
In this article, I guide you through everything you need to know about this multi-functional park in Mueller’s Aldrich Street District.
What is Branch Park?
Mary Elizabeth Branch Park is a 3.5-acre park located in Mueller’s Aldrich Street District. The park has a playground, a dog run, waterscapes, volleyball courts and more.
According to The Aldrich Street website:
“The playscape is constructed from recycled materials and native or adaptive landscaping is incorporated throughout the park. Branch Park also features an interactive waterscape that emulates the way water flows in Central Texas. With a push of a button, park goers can operate bubblers and jets that represent rain. The water then channels through an area that resembles a Hill Country stream before it spills out of limestone cliff blocks onto a stone surface to offer an interactive experience for people of all ages.”
The park also has a 19,800-sf events pavilion. This pavilion houses the Texas Farmers’ Market on Sundays and Wednesdays and will host the majority of Mueller’s future events including concerts, art exhibits, seminars and more.
Branch Park is named after Mary Elizabeth Branch, who was a former president of Austin’s Tillotson College, which later became Huston-Tillotson University. According to the Mueller website, her leadership enabled Tillotson College to transition “from a women’s junior college into a four-year, co-educational undergraduate school with an ‘A’ rating.”
Read more about Mary Elizabeth Branch on the Mueller website.
Where is Branch Park?
Branch Park is located in Mueller’s Aldrich Street District, across from Kerbey Lane Cafe.
The park is within walking distance from many of the great spots in the Aldrich Street District including, Alamo Drafthouse, Colleen’s Kitchen, Thinkery, Rebel Cheese and more.
What makes Branch Park so special?
Not only does Branch Park bring the Mueller community together, but it also supports the community’s commitment to sustainability.
Branch Park has earned SITES® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Contributing factors to this certification include:
- Supporting sustainable water use through rain gardens
- Designing the park and landscape to fit the needs of everyone in the community across generations and having a designated area for dog owners
- Integrating waterscapes into the design with attention to safety concerns and design for winter use
Read more about the park’s sustainability efforts on the Mueller website.
From waterscapes to relaxing lounge chairs in the shade, Mueller’s Branch Park has something for everyone.
If you are looking for a place to spend a nice weekend afternoon, or a place to escape to on your lunch break at work this is the perfect spot.