Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk Grand Opening Set For June

April 30, 2014 by Kate Harrington

The 1.25-mile Boardwalk Trail on Ladybird Lake is set to open June 7.

Construction on the new trail started in October 2012, closing a gap in the 10-mile loop around the lake between Longhorn Dam on the east and MoPac Boulevard on the west. About half of the new trail extends over the water of Lady Bird Lake, and other portions are elevated over sensitive wetland areas.

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Before construction of the boardwalk, that gap meant the approximately 3,000 to 15,000 daily trail users had to leave the trail where it dead-ended by the Austin American-Statesman building, and travel along busy Riverside Drive before rejoining the trail at International Shores Park. With the Boardwalk in place, pedestrian and cyclists will have continuous trail access to the trail, which is also ADA accessible.

The project, which came in at about $28 million, is a public/private partnership. The Trail Foundation committed $3 million in private contributions, Austin voters approved $17.4 million in a 2010 bond election, and more money came from donations and Great Streets funding.

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.