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Exploring the 5 smallest parks in Austin

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Austin prides itself on its natural environment; in fact, the beauty and resources flowing from Barton Creek, the Colorado Palma Plaza, and the surrounding hills are one of the reasons the city was built here to begin with.

It's also one the reasons people continue to move here, in droves, usually bringing their personal transport vehicles with them. Not all that surprising, then, that several of the city's smallest public parks—pocket parks, in the parlance—are basically glorified traffic islands. One (the second smallest) is even named as such.

But that doesn't mean they don't offer welcome respite from the sun-baked asphalt all around them (and us). All are well-kept, with grass and shade trees, and most are the site of neighborhood gatherings, events, and even musical performances.

Here are the city of Austin's five wee-est parks, in descending order of size.

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1. Ryan Planting Strip

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6900 Ryan Dr
Austin, TX 78757

The largest of Austin's tiniest parks is basically a .42-acre vacant lot in Crestview. But it's a well-kept vacant lot, with grass and trees, both old and newly planted.

2. Harris Triangle

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2459 Windsor Rd
Austin, TX 78703

Not to be confused with the larger, and mostly privately held, Triangle development just west of Hyde Park in Central Austin, this Triangle Park is located in Old West Austin, and its .15 acre is formally planted, as befits its surroundings.

3. Stratford Overlook Greenbelt

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3086 Stratford Dr
Austin, TX 78746

4. South Congress Island

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2205 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

This is an aptly named traffic island on one of the busiest stretches of South Congress, and its adorable. Measuring .10 acre, it has mature, shade-providing trees, a bus stop, and a small, elevated performance pavilion.

5. Palma Plaza Triangle

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1524 Palma Plaza
Austin, TX 78703

Austin's smallest park is ... [drum roll], Palma Plaza Triangle, weighing in at .0023 acre. It's a simple but welcoming, back-to-basics spot in Clarksville, just off Enfield Road with just enough space and trees to provide a visual breather from the traffic on all sides.

1. Ryan Planting Strip

6900 Ryan Dr, Austin, TX 78757

The largest of Austin's tiniest parks is basically a .42-acre vacant lot in Crestview. But it's a well-kept vacant lot, with grass and trees, both old and newly planted.

6900 Ryan Dr
Austin, TX 78757

2. Harris Triangle

2459 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703

Not to be confused with the larger, and mostly privately held, Triangle development just west of Hyde Park in Central Austin, this Triangle Park is located in Old West Austin, and its .15 acre is formally planted, as befits its surroundings.

2459 Windsor Rd
Austin, TX 78703

3. Stratford Overlook Greenbelt

3086 Stratford Dr, Austin, TX 78746

3086 Stratford Dr
Austin, TX 78746

4. South Congress Island

2205 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

This is an aptly named traffic island on one of the busiest stretches of South Congress, and its adorable. Measuring .10 acre, it has mature, shade-providing trees, a bus stop, and a small, elevated performance pavilion.

2205 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

5. Palma Plaza Triangle

1524 Palma Plaza, Austin, TX 78703

Austin's smallest park is ... [drum roll], Palma Plaza Triangle, weighing in at .0023 acre. It's a simple but welcoming, back-to-basics spot in Clarksville, just off Enfield Road with just enough space and trees to provide a visual breather from the traffic on all sides.

1524 Palma Plaza
Austin, TX 78703