Best Eastside Weekend Afternoon Hang Out

Fiesta Gardens "Chicano Park"

Head east on either Cesar Chavez or Holly and make a right on Chicon. This will quickly put you in the vicinity of Chicano Park, a park and picnic area on Town Lake just down river from the I-35 bridge, a lively strip where mini-trucks and lowriders mingle with early evening birthday parties. Barney piñatas are just as popular as Big Bird or Ninja Turtles, and the park features a pool with bathhouse murals by Ramon Maldonado. A shaded playground complements the baseball diamond where weekly tournaments have been known to bring out several generations at a time. Older folks can chill and set a good example for the younger set. The Hike and Bike Trail runs parallel to the park, and a walk by the river in an easterly direction will take you to a delightful little footbridge. Of course, you can get a completely undisturbed view of the Holly Power Plant if you want, but the view across Town Lake to the south bank is prettier. A boat loading dock is provided for canoes and small rowboats. All in all, Fiesta Gardens is an remarkably pristine place to plunk down your kit and kaboodle on a lazy afternoon any day of the week.

Fiesta Gardens
2101 Jesse E. Segovia, 512/480-8318

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