AUSTIN – The public is invited to chime in on what changes they would like to see on the remaining undeveloped 1.5 miles of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail on the southeast shores of Lady Bird Lake.
Members of the Trail Foundation were at Austin City Hall on Monday night in hopes of getting the Austin Parks and Recreation Board’s permission to move forward with the public input portion of the project.
Some residents living near the Holly Street Power Plant said they want to connect Holly Shores with the new Boardwalk Trail in the form of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
The Boardwalk Trail will connect the current end of the trail by the Austin American-Statesman building to Lakeshore Park. The new path will feature concrete decks, hand rails and new lights.
Other ideas for the undeveloped portion of the trail included an edible garden.
"The boardwalk itself is going to be a destination point, and people are going to come from all over town to use that. And once you get to the eastern end, you're going to want that area to be as beautiful as the other parts of the trail,” said Susan Rankin, executive director of the Trail Foundation.
City planners are still looking for funding, both public and private, for the project.
There are two opportunities on Saturday, Jan. 18 to show up in person to offer input. There is also an online survey.
Go here for more information about opportunities to provide input.