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Vision & Need

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.

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.

This community project is made possible by private donations from the Downtown Austin Alliance, Jack and Carolyn Long, Constructive Ventures, the Georgia B. Lucas Foundation Fund, and the Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation Fund. Thank you!

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 CommunityWorkshops 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 at the meeting to the over 80 community members that attended this meeting.

Download a PDF of the workshop presentation here. View map from meeting here.

Read the news coverage at Austin American-Statesman and Community Impact.

#2 – Wednesday, September 13, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, 78756)

#3 – Wednesday, November 15, 2017: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.., Northern Shoal Creek (location TBD)

Learn More…

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 mater 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 The meeting minutes are also available below.

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting #1: June 7, 2017 – Meeting Notes
Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #1: June 14, 2017 – Meeting Notes

Complete the Health and Assessment Survey

As part of the Trail Plan Initiative, Shoal Creek Conservancy is partnering with Austin Public Health to identify the needs and desires of our fellow Austinites and assess the potential health implications of the trail improvement projects. We encourage you to complete the survey here.

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