Top 10 ideas for Seaholm Intake Facility makeover

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by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 7:28 AM

AUSTIN -- It may not be a formal landmark, but for regulars on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, it’s a classic. Now the Seaholm Intake Facility is one step closer to total transformation.

Austin’s Parks Department has chosen the final 10 design proposals for the facility after opening it up to a contest in January.

Now those top 10 designs are on display at City Hall until Friday, Aug. 2.

Lyn Estabrook, a project manager in the Parks Department, tells KVUE they want as much public input as possible, so they hope people will stop by and look at the boards.

If you can’t make it to City Hall, click on this link to view the slideshow.

Some of the ideas for the space off Cesar Chavez include a bike rental area, a gallery space and a juice bar. All of the ideas are required to have at least one area designated for the public.

Many of the proposals feature a deck on top of the building for concerts or private events. Some ideas are more practical, like a water feature to cool off and restrooms with showers.

“There's a real need for a bathroom there, and the Trail Foundation said that they could fund a bathroom there if they found a really good idea,” said Estabrook.

Other proposals include features that would help pay for the project.

“There’s some pools, there's a restaurant, there's some pubs; so some of those things can generate money,” Estabrook said.

She says the next step is public input.

“We want more than just a yes or a no," she said. "We want to know specifically what do they love about this particular project or this particular design."

Click here to give your input on the Seaholm Intake Project.

City staff will choose the top three ideas based on public input on Aug. 9. From there they will look at private partners to fund the project.

The City of Austin Parks Department expects to be finished with the Seaholm Intake Facility makeover within the next two and a half years.

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