The Cypress and Shoal Creek Public Space Strategy is a partnership between Shoal Creek Conservancy and the Downtown Austin Alliance to improve safety, access, and connectivity for people on foot and bike in the area around Shoal Creek and 3rd Street.

This area is a gateway to important destinations for Austinites citywide, such as the Central Library and the Butler Trail. To ensure that all Austinites can visit these places, we must make it easier and safer to reach this area by foot, bike, or bus, and make it simpler to navigate once you have arrived. The name is a nod to the historical nomenclature for Austin’s east-west running streets, originally named after trees. What we now know as 3rd Street was originally known as Cypress Street.

​​Located on the cusp of Shoal Creek’s confluence with the Colorado River, the Cypress & Shoal Creek area is home to two major crosstown pathways: the Shoal Creek Trail, which runs north-south, and the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, which runs east-west. The Public Space Strategy proposes improvements to enhance and clarify these pathways. 

We’re thrilled to share the latest visions for Cypress & Shoal Creek as of September 2021: concept designs guided by a yearlong community and stakeholder input process. 

Cypress & Shoal Creek Executive Summary


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