Heads up, users of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.
The Trail Foundation, the non-profit organization that works to maintain and enhance the 10-mile trail in downtown Austin, will host a special event this fall to close out its 15th anniversary celebration.
Twilight on the Trail is set for 5-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard. The fund-raiser, which will take place of the usual State of the Trail breakfast, will include cocktails, live music from guitar and harmonica-playing trail stalwart Woode Wood, and staging of some of the trail’s most iconic projects inside the ballroom.
A section of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail beneath the north end of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge will close Wednesday for 12 days while crews demolish the old wooden bridge and install a new 14-foot-wide pathway.
Trail users can follow a detour up to Congress Avenue and around the construction during the closure. The trail, part of the 10-mile loop around Lady Bird Lake, will reopen Monday, May 21, according to a press release from The Trail Foundation.
Construction began in March week to replace the narrow, more than 40-year-old existing structure with a sleek 172-foot “mini-boardwalk” that will take users out over the water. The privately funded project also includes a viewing platform where people can rest, watch the bats emerge during summer months or just take in the sights.
The new concrete and steel bridge is designed improve safety at a dangerous bottleneck on the trail, according to The Trail Foundation official.
Robert F. Smith, 55, founder of Austin-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, donated $1.25 million to kick-start the $2.5-million project. The rest of the project’s money, which has already been raised, comes from private donations, according to Trail Foundation officials.
The Trail Foundation is collaborating with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department on the project. Barring any construction delays, the new bridge under Congress Avenue should open by June, Anderson said.
Corrects to indicate Robert Smith is founder of Vista Equity Partners.