The Shoal Creek Trail currently extends 3.25 miles from Lady Bird Lake to 38th Street. Shoal Creek Conservancy is partnering with the City of Austin Public Works Department to create the Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan, which will lay the groundwork for making major improvements to the Trail and extending it northward past Highway 183. The planning processes officially kicked off in May 2017. Download the media release here. Keep reading to learn how you can get involved. And support the vision today with a donation to Shoal Creek Conservancy.
The demand for safe, alternative transportation options – and quiet places of respite – is rapidly increasing as Austin continues to grow. The Shoal Creek Trail will serve both as an alternative transportation corridor and a peaceful, revitalizing setting to experience the Creek’s wildlife, natural features, and historical landmarks. The expanded Trail will encourage green, human-powered transportation, provide a setting for outdoor family activities, and inspire Austinites to discover Shoal Creek’s hidden natural gems. View a map of the study area here.
Miss the workshops? What’s next? It’s not too late to share your thoughts! Please review the November Community Workshop materials below and share your ideas by December 15, 2017. Please email comments directly to email@example.com. The final draft report will be available in early 2018 on this website and will be distributed by email and through media outlets. Shoal Creek Conservancy will present the plan to relevant City of Austin boards and commissions and seek adoption of the plan by City Council as an amendment to the council-adopted 2014 Urban Trails Master Plan.
Imagine walking or riding your bike on a continuous path from downtown Austin to the Domain!
Plan of Action
Shoal Creek Conservancy is leading the creation of the Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan that will guide the following efforts to transform the Trail:
- Extend the Shoal Creek Trail from Lady Bird Lake to the Shoal Creek headwaters near Highway 183. When complete, the Trail will span over 10 miles and link destinations such as the Domain, Pickle Research Center, the University of Texas, and Downtown Austin. The new Trail will expand Austin’s urban trail network by connecting the Shoal Creek Trail to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail to the north and to the Butler Hike and Bike Trail and the regional Violet Crown Trail to the south.
- Improve the existing Trail. The Plan will identify key locations for trail amenities such as mile markers, maps, drinking fountains, and restrooms, and identify key gaps in City of Austin trail improvement projects currently underway. The Plan will also provide a cohesive, community-developed vision for the Trail that will guide its overall look and feel and shape the design of priority projects.
- Connect the Trail to the community. The improved Trail will create a green transportation coordinate that connects neighborhoods, schools and popular parks and major employment centers. It will provide opportunities for our kids and families to explore the natural world of Shoal Creek and connect people to the history of Austin, which can be told along the banks of the creek.
The below map includes comments received at the June 2017 Community Workshop and the Community Advisory Group meetings. Comments received at the September 2017 Community Workshop will be added shortly.
Get Involved! Attend the Community Workshops
Share your ideas and vision. You’re invited to participate in Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan Community Workshops. There will be three Community Workshops at North, South, and Central locations along Shoal Creek and light snacks will be provided. Please join us and help spread the world.
#1 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Cirrus Logic Conference Center (700 West Avenue, 78701). Thank you to Upper Crust Bakery for donating cookies for the meeting and to the over 80 community members that attended.
#2 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756). Thank you to Tiff’s Treats for donating cookies, Austin Youth River Watch for hosting the kids activity, Congregation Beth Israel for sharing your space, Dynamic Reprographics for discounted printing, and to the over 100 community members that attended.
Download PDFs of the materials from the September 13, 2017 Workshop below.
- Workshop Agenda with Big Loop Map
- Digital Package of Materials, including draft route maps, focus area maps, proposed pathway cross sections
IMPORTANT NOTES: The above documents are the same materials shared at the Workshop and do not yet incorporate feedback received at that meeting. The proposed routes and cross sections are draft. Feedback and comments are encouraged and welcome and will be taken into consideration as the project continues. Please share your input by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and/or attending the November workshop.
#3 – Wednesday, November 15, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Rock Rose Hall at the Domain, 11420 Rock Rose #100b, Austin, TX 78758. Thank you to Endeavor Domain NORTHSIDE for donating space and snacks for the event, Dynamic Reprographics for discounted printing, and to the over 50 community members that attended.
IMPORTANT: The above documents are the same materials shared at the Workshop and do not incorporate feedback received at or after that meeting.
View the news coverage of the Workshop at CBS.
The Community Advisory Group (CAG) and a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will guide development of the Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan. Each group will meet three times throughout the planning process. The TAG consists of representatives of City of Austin departments and divisions as well as other public entities with an interest in Shoal Creek. TAG members serve as subject matter experts and guide the creation of the plan by providing information and reviewing plan concepts and drafts. The CAG consists of representatives of neighborhood associations, major employers and nonprofit organization and other stakeholder groups with an interest in Shoal Creek and the trail. For more information on the TAG and CAG, please contact email@example.com.
- Download a draft lists of the TAG and the CAG members.
- Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting #1: June 7, 2017 – Meeting Notes
- Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #1: June 14, 2017 – Meeting Notes
- Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting #2: August 30, 2017 – Download the Presentation.
- Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #2: September 6, 2017 – Download the Presentation.
- Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting #3: November 1, 2017 – Agenda
- Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #3: November 8, 2017 – Agenda and Presentation
For more information on the TAG and CAG, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.