Want a say in future of Shoal Creek Trail? Attend Wednesday meeting

A meeting to discuss the future of the Shoal Creek hike and bike trail is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday. Photo by Holly Henderson for American-Statesman

Want a say in what the Shoal Creek hike and bike trail looks like five years from now?

The Shoal Creek Conservancy is hosting a series of community meetings to help plan improvements to the trail, which now extends from Lady Bird Lake to 38th Street.

The first meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 in the conference center at Cirrus Logic, 700 West Avenue. Other meetings are planned for Sept. 13 at Congregation Beth Israel and Nov. 15 at another location farther north.

The Shoal Creek Trail runs along Lamar Boulevard from downtown Austin to 38th Street. Photo by Holly Henderson for the American-Statesman

 

The conservancy, a non-profit group formed in 2013, is partnering wtih the city of Austin to create a plan to improve and extend the trail. The group focuses on not just the trail, but a 13-square-mile watershed area around the creek.

The group hopes to improve signage along the 4-mile existing route, widen sidewalks from 15th to 29th streets and create cohesive design standards for the entire route, which eventually could cover 11 miles in a combination of on-street and separated pathways.

“Imagine biking or walking on a continuous pathway from downtown to the Domain. stopping along the way to learn about the history of Austin and see places like Seider Springs,” says Joanna Wolaver, executive director of the group. “It’s not just about infrastructure, it’s about access to nature and the stories of Austin.”

The group is taking input now and hopes to make recommendations to the Austin City Council in October. For more information go here or call 512-474-2412.


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