Lake Park is one of the Mueller development's public spaces put into place following the 1999 closure of Austin's Mueller Airport. The large arched roof of the filming set along the trail is what remains of a private plane hanger.
The trails at the park are connected with trails in parks to the north and south. I could find nothing on Austin's website that gave a name to the trail(s) that was distinct from the parks themselves. The tight integration and close proximity of all of them tend to support treating them as one unit.
The trail is mostly paved in Lake Park itself. Some of the outlying trail surfaces consist of crushed granite. It's mostly flat and suitable for all ages. Currently the trails might total up to about 5 miles. There are indications that the system around Mueller development when complete will total 13 miles of trails.
There are plenty of ducks and geese in the lake that gives the park its name. Bring some bread on your visit and you're sure to have a crowd gather in no time. Some of the ducks seemed too comfortable with humans in close proximity. Sleeping ducks on the trail itself didn't seem disturbed by people passing right by them.
The main parking area in Lake Park is right across the street from the new Austin Children's Museum, Thinkery. So it's a convenient spot to exercise your mind and body.
I went out to the Mueller Trails to jog today (my last day of vacation before I have to return to work-- boo hoo). I began at Mueller Lake, looped around, and jogged down to the Southwest Greenway portion of the trails.
Most of the trails I jogged on today were crushed granite. They aren't very wide, which poses a problem when a lot of people are using them (there were many people out this morning), walking side-by-side. There were a couple of time I had to jog off the trail to pass around groups. Still, I enjoyed my jog. This is not somewhere to go if you want solitude.
The two ponds I jogged around (Mueller Lake and the pond in the Southwest Greenway) were nice to look at. The one in the Southwest Green way has some nice man-made waterfalls.
The Southwest Greenway area was especially interesting: There are gardens with signs telling about them (it looked to be native plans and educational information about them-- I'll have to come back in the Spring to see them in their glory) as well as three large metal sculptures: A sphere, a rocket ship, and a spider.
Finally, went the whole length of the trail. Started at Home Depot.Then, went down past the food courts, to the other end and back. The full trail is approximately 3 miles, each way -- counting the sidewalk from Home Depot to the begining of the trail. Most of the way is crushed granite. A few spots are sidewalk. There is a nice parking lot at the far end, on Tom Miller Street, and lots of access points along the way.
Went from Home Depot down past the food courts, to the split near the pond, and back. Most of the way is crushed granite. A few spots are sidewalk.
Went from Home Depot down past the food courts, almost to the end by the pond, and back. Most of the way is crushed granite. A few spots are sidewalk.
Walked the trails of Lake Park and then the connecting area north to the Best Buy. The weather was fairly pleasant today so I thought I get some walking in before lunch. Not sure if all of those areas should be treated as one trail or not.
In addition to the ubiquitous ducks around the pond I spotted a small flock of green parrots, who must be the descendants of escaped pets. Not native, but still more pleasant than the grackles!