Over the last few months, the City has been floating a proposal that would achieve one of Austin’s most important urban planning goals: filling the 1.2 mile gap in the 10.1 mile hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake. While land owners along the 1.2 mile stretch of the lake have objected, the City has decided to proceed with a proposed over-water boardwalk to complete the loop.
The Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake would extend the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail more than one mile from the east side of the Austin American-Statesman building to Lakeshore Park. Currently, pedestrians, runners and bikers are forced to use the Riverside Drive sidewalk over Interstate 35. While there are some opportunities for extension of the trail on the shore, the trail will be primarily over the water.
The extremely popular trail is a great community asset for anyone who spends time downtown. The bold $15 million project will complete the trail, improving bike and pedestrian access throughout downtown Austin.
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