School’s out for summer! To get our summer started off right, we went on a quick and easy outing to Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park at 2006 South 6th Street in South Austin’s eclectic and historic Bouldin Creek neighborhood. Yes, you read correctly…there is a South 6th Street running north/south in this neighborhood that is bordered by Barton Springs Road to the north and Oltorf Street to the south. (South 6th Street does not connect directly to either one of these more well-known streets.) Plan your route ahead of time if you are not familiar with the area since this location is a little off-the-beaten-path.
Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park is nestled along the banks of West Bouldin Creek. Even though the park has a playscape and a splash pad, the boys wanted to check out the creek bed first!
The water from recent rains had receded but there were still some small pools.
In one of the pools, we found dozens and dozens of tadpoles!
We went to the small playscape, which is geared toward younger children.
My 7 year old thought the fake cannon was pretty fun!
And the swings, too.
There was also a nice picnic area.
The splash pad was pretty crowded with very young children when we arrived. Once it was a little less busy, my boys were ready to cool off in the water.
As you can see, the splash pad is relatively small but all of the kids were having a blast. It’s very well-shaded and that is a huge plus in the hot summer months.
Austin Active Kids Opinion: This tiny 2-acre park is perfect for kids 7 and under.
Outing Time: Under 1 hour.
Reminders: Ricky Guerrero Pocket Park has restrooms and picnic tables. Bring drinks, snacks, and towels. A lot of the kids were having fun playing with empty cups in the water from the splash pad so maybe bring along some empty cups, too!
If you will have older kids with you, think about packing activities (like balls or games) that are more geared toward their age.
The Bouldin Creek neighborhood has a rich history, which you can read about here. The 54-acre West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt is located slightly north of the park, at 1200 South 6th Street. We did not visit this area but you can read about it in this Austin Explorer article.