Mayfield Park and Preserve, a historic site left to the city for use as a park in 1971, is part of the Mayfield-Gutsch Estate. The grounds include historic cottage and two acres of gardens, while the preserve is the 21-acre natural area that surrounds the park and contains walking trails and wildlife.
Peafowl are a common sight here; two types and approximately two dozen total call the area home. Most of the peafowl seen today are descendants from the original pair given to the Gutschs as a Christmas gift in 1935. If you are hoping to catch a peafowl with its tail fanned, consider visiting in late winter or spring, beginning around February, when they start courting the females.
Don’t miss Mayfield Park’s ponds, especially the cast iron pond near the cottage. There are six large lily ponds that are arranged in the general shape of a flower -- the center circular pond is surrounded by four oval shaped ponds (the petals) and an hourglass pond with small waterfall that represents the stem.
Mayfield Park is located at 3801 W 35th Street in Austin and is open from 5am until 10pm. The Mayfield-Gutsch Estate was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Mayfield Park does host private events like weddings and business workshops. When a private event is reserved, the general public is not allowed in the garden area.