lady bird lake http://kut.org en Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk http://kut.org/post/photos-new-views-austin-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/boardwalk-trail-lady-bird-lake">Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk</a>&nbsp;opened June 7. The 1.3 mile boardwalk&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/photos-heres-sneak-peek-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk">completes a 10-mile loop</a>&nbsp;of trail around the lake.</p><p>While a boon to runner and cyclists, the new boardwalk also lets users view downtown Austin from a fresh vantage point. Many in Austin have already utilized the boardwalk to capture new perspectives of the city after this weekend’s grand opening.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:18:16 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10565 at http://kut.org Photos: New Views of Austin From Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk PHOTOS: Here's a Sneak Peek of the Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk http://kut.org/post/photos-heres-sneak-peek-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk <p>The Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk is set to open to the public on June 7.</p><p>The 1.3 mile boardwalk will complete a ten-mile loop of trail around the lake. H<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oward Lazarus with Austin’s Public Works Department says the boardwalk will play a key role in expanding biking and pedestrian options throughout the region.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:59:33 +0000 Mose Buchele 10486 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Here's a Sneak Peek of the Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk 'THIRST' Features a Ghostly Tree on Lady Bird Lake http://kut.org/post/thirst-features-ghostly-tree-lady-bird-lake <p></p><p></p><p style="border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(59, 59, 60); ">This weekend, a new art installation will open that will be hard to miss. THIRST, from Women and Their Work, comprises two components: a series of 14,000 prayer flags which will form a 2.5 mile loop near Lady Bird Lake, and a 35-foot cedar elm tree that will hover above the lake itself.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:13:21 +0000 Mike Lee 8763 at http://kut.org 'THIRST' Features a Ghostly Tree on Lady Bird Lake Council Approves Ambitious Park Plan for Waller Creek http://kut.org/post/council-approves-ambitious-park-plan-waller-creek <p>As <a href="post/city-council-takes-look-waller-creek-revamp">reported earlier this month</a>, the Austin City Council got a look at the final version of a plan to redevelop the land along Waller Creek into <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/waller-creek-design-winner-named-plans-turn-area-chain-parks">a chain of parks</a>.</p><p>They liked what they saw: Today, the council unanimously voted to approve the design plan developed by <a href="http://www.mvvainc.com/">Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a> with little argument.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:56:09 +0000 Hady Karl Mawajdeh 8183 at http://kut.org Council Approves Ambitious Park Plan for Waller Creek Photos: Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake http://kut.org/post/photos-boardwalk-trail-lady-bird-lake <p>The city’s Public Works department has given a midterm progress report on the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s over a mile of extensions and renovation to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail east of Congress Avenue, including newly-created boardwalk sections that will extend over the lake on concrete piers.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 23:05:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 7847 at http://kut.org Photos: Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake Lake Austin Community Meeting To Take Place Tonight http://kut.org/post/lake-austin-community-meeting-take-place-tonight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As summer sets in, the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">City of Austin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is looking for input on issues along Lake Austin.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=189441">Lake Austin Task Force</a> was formed last year to assess issues on the lake, including shoreline erosion and wake-free zones, and the group presents its findings tonight in a public meeting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Chuck Lesniak of <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/watershed-protection">Austin Watershed Protection</a> says that the report also addresses the problem of construction along Lake Austin in recent years.</p><p> Mon, 20 May 2013 21:25:00 +0000 Andrew Weber 7801 at http://kut.org Lake Austin Community Meeting To Take Place Tonight What's Next for Seaholm Intake Facility? Austin Wants Your Input http://kut.org/post/whats-next-seaholm-intake-facility-austin-wants-your-input <p>The City of Austin is holding the first of <a href="http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1861810ce1dca1a4c1673747c&amp;id=bf4e25771e&amp;e=84c5698986" target="_blank">three public meetings</a> today over what to do with the Seaholm Intake Facility.</p><p>The city wants the community’s ideas for how to incorporate part of the old power plant along Lady Bird Lake into the park and trail system. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:14:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7475 at http://kut.org What's Next for Seaholm Intake Facility? Austin Wants Your Input Drink Up: Water Coolers Back on the Hike and Bike Trail http://kut.org/post/drink-water-coolers-back-hike-and-bike-trail <p>Runners, cyclists and trail patrons welcomed the return of the water coolers at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail this morning.</p><p>RunTex, a local sporting goods store, has provided the water to trail-users for twenty years. But last November, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/water-under-bridge-coolers-returning-hike-bike-trail">the city removed the coolers</a> over sanitation concerns.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:24:22 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6422 at http://kut.org Drink Up: Water Coolers Back on the Hike and Bike Trail Fees Waived for Water Coolers' Return to Hike and Bike Trail http://kut.org/post/fees-waived-water-coolers-return-hike-and-bike-trail <p>The familiar orange water coolers are poised to return to Austin’s hike and bike trail, after the city council agreed today to waive permitting fees for the businesses that operate the watering stations.</p><p>RunTex has been bringing water to Lady Bird Lake since 1990, but the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/water-under-bridge-coolers-returning-hike-bike-trail">coolers were removed last November</a> after concerns about their security and sanitation.&nbsp;</p><p>Paul Carrozza of <a href="http://site.runtex.com/index.php/category/calendars/events/">RunTex</a>&nbsp;estimates that his store spends $100,000 a year transporting water and ice to the trails. The store spends $3,000 a month in paper cups alone.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:24:14 +0000 Luke Quinton 6232 at http://kut.org Fees Waived for Water Coolers' Return to Hike and Bike Trail Construction and Closures Ahead for Hike and Bike Trail http://kut.org/post/construction-and-closures-ahead-hike-and-bike-trail <p>Two separate projects on Lady Bird Lake may temporarily get in the way of folks using part of the hike and bike trail.</p><p>The city is getting ready to begin work along the Shoal Creek peninsula near the Seaholm Power Plant. Construction begins soon, and is expected to last six months. Portions of the hike and bike trail near the peninsula and the parking lot west of Shoal Creek and South of Cesar Chavez will be closed and those using the trail will be detoured to Cesar Chavez.</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:34:54 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5824 at http://kut.org Construction and Closures Ahead for Hike and Bike Trail 426 Austin Bridges are 'Good' or 'Excellent' - But This One Isn't http://kut.org/post/426-austin-bridges-are-good-or-excellent-one-isnt <p>It may be time for a do-over on the Emmett Shelton bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Better known as the Red Bud bridge or the "Low Water" bridge, it spans Lady Bird Lake just below Tom Miller Dam, linking Austin to newer communities to the west.</p><p>The city's <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/council-gives-preliminary-approval-bond-package" target="_blank">latest proposed bond package</a> includes $3 million to design a "better bridge at a better angle" across the lake, according to Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. She says the bridge is the only one in Austin that is not rated structurally "good" or better, though she says its rating of "fair" means that it is safe to travel.</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:25:03 +0000 Mark Dewey 4903 at http://kut.org Bats Gone Wild: Congress Street Bridge Bat Found with Rabies http://kut.org/post/bats-gone-wild-congress-street-bridge-bat-found-rabies <p>Thinking about watching the<a href="http://www.videocityguide.com/austin/listings/congress-bridge-bats"> bats on Congress Street Bridge</a> the evening?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/health">Austin/Travis County Health and Human Service Department</a> released information today that a bat from under the Congress Street Bridge has tested positive for rabies.</p><p>Carole Barasch is with the Health and Human Service Department. She says it isn&rsquo;t unusual to find a bat with rabies &ndash; problems arise when these bats come into contact with humans. The Health and Human Service Department is on alert because <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/possible-human-exposure-rabies">it&#39;s received word </a>from a third party that an adult female came into contact with a rabid bat at 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:21:02 +0000 Kelly Connelly 4648 at http://kut.org Bats Gone Wild: Congress Street Bridge Bat Found with Rabies Contract OK'd for Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk http://kut.org/post/contract-okd-lady-bird-lake-boardwalk <p>The Austin City Council approved a $21.7 million construction contract for the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk today.</p><p>The project, largely funded via a bond election<a href="http://kut.org/2010/06/austinites-react-to-transportation-bond/" target="_blank">&nbsp;back in 2010</a>, will close a 1.1-mile gap in the hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake with a boardwalk that&#39;s both partially over land and over water.</p><p>To help allay costs, which were initially pegged at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/am-update-22212-cost-boardwalk-rises-ju%C3%A1rez-bullet-strikes-el-pasoan-meth-seizures-border" target="_blank">$17.4 million</a>,&nbsp;the city will reallocate $5.8 million from the 2010 Bond Street Reconstruction Program. The city will also receive a $3 million donation from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thetrailfoundation.org/index.cfm" target="_blank">Trail Foundation</a>, a trail advocacy group.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:25:07 +0000 Carlos Morales 4580 at http://kut.org Contract OK'd for Lady Bird Lake Boardwalk AM Update: Future of Lady Bird Lake, Fort Hood Suspect in Court, Spurs Lose Conference Finals http://kut.org/post/am-update-future-lady-bird-lake-fort-hood-suspect-court-spurs-lose-conference-finals <p><strong>Three Proposals for Future of Austin&#39;s &quot;South Shore&quot;</strong></p><p>A team of architects and planners has been <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/architects-designers-descend-lady-bird-lake" target="_blank">studying the south shore</a> of Lady Bird Lake near Congress and South First Street. Last night, they presented <a href="http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiab095036.pdf" target="_blank">three proposals</a> for future of the south shore.</p><p>The first focuses on using the area as a natural resource for things like urban agriculture and recreation. The second proposal would include public space but also make room for hotels and food trailers. The third option would include lots of housing and transit.</p><p>The expert team will present a more detailed report in the next few months.</p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:21:51 +0000 Laura Rice 4418 at http://kut.org AM Update: Future of Lady Bird Lake, Fort Hood Suspect in Court, Spurs Lose Conference Finals AM Update: Lady Bird Lake Study, F1 Tickets Going On Sale, Texans Divided On Planned Parenthood http://kut.org/post/am-update-lady-bird-lake-study-f1-tickets-going-sale-texans-divided-planned-parenthood <p><strong>Initial Findings Announced for Lady Bird Lake</strong></p><p>Tonight, a team of riverfront planners, landscape architects and green builders will share their vision for the future of Lady Bird Lake&rsquo;s south shore.</p><p><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/architects-designers-descend-lady-bird-lake" target="_blank">The team has spent the last few days&nbsp;</a>studying what they call &ldquo;South Shore Central&rdquo;&mdash;which is the area around Congress and First Street. The city says the area is lacking in infrastructure.</p><p>Austin won a grant for sustainable development that covers the consulting fees. The team toured the shoreline by land and by boat and listened to recommendations from&nbsp;Austinites.</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 12:39:12 +0000 Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4410 at http://kut.org AM Update: Lady Bird Lake Study, F1 Tickets Going On Sale, Texans Divided On Planned Parenthood Architects, Designers Descend on Lady Bird Lake http://kut.org/post/architects-designers-descend-lady-bird-lake <p>The City of Austin wants to know: What do you want our waterfront to look like in 20 years?</p><p>Starting tonight, planners are facilitating a three-day discussion on the future of Lady Bird Lake&rsquo;s &ldquo;south shore central&rdquo; area &ndash; Congress Avenue, First Street and eastward, including sites like the Hyatt Regency and&nbsp;<em>Austin American-Statesman</em>&nbsp;building. The talks kicked off this morning with boat tours of the area at stake.</p><p>Alan Holt, a principal planner with the city, says that this area is lacking in good infrastructure and &ldquo;like it or not, slated for some big changes because there are a lot of parking lots and development at the end of their shelf life.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 21:36:19 +0000 Emily Zendt & Wells Dunbar 4395 at http://kut.org Architects, Designers Descend on Lady Bird Lake Safety Tips and Warnings this Memorial Day Weekend http://kut.org/post/safety-tips-and-warnings-memorial-day-weekend <p>Austinites will flock to the city&#39;s numerous parks and waterways this weekend. We&#39;ve put together a guide for what you need to know about rules and safety.</p><p><strong>Watercraft Ban: Put Away that Motorized Surfboard!</strong></p><p>If you&rsquo;re planning to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend on Lady Bird Lake, you&#39;ll need to leave your motorized surfboard at home. The Austin Police Department will be enforcing an annual ban on motorized personal watercraft &ndash; like jet skis &ndash; from sunset on Friday until sunrise on Tuesday.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 21:35:01 +0000 Emily Zendt & Sam J. Ellison 4326 at http://kut.org Safety Tips and Warnings this Memorial Day Weekend AM Update 2/22/12: Cost of Boardwalk Rises, Juárez Bullet Strikes El Pasoan, Meth Seizures at Border http://kut.org/post/am-update-22212-cost-boardwalk-rises-ju%C3%A1rez-bullet-strikes-el-pasoan-meth-seizures-border <p><strong>Mounting Expense for Lady Bird Boardwalk&nbsp;</strong></p><p>In 2010, City of Austin voters ushered in Proposition 1, a project to construct a boardwalk trail over and along Lady Bird Lake. Back then, the estimated cost of the project was $17.4 million, but as of today, the lowest bid (of eight) is $20.7 million. That&#39;s a 19% jump.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/local/boardwalk-may-cost-at-least-3-3-million-2191359.html"><em>Austin American-Statesman</em> reports</a> that the cost increase can be attributed to two main factors: Oil prices (no surprise there) and a construction industry still trying to correct itself post-recession. Builders are finally doing things they put off during those lean years, like replacing old equipment, and that&#39;s made government building projects more costly. Still, city officials aren&#39;t worried about coming up with the extra money.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:54:57 +0000 Tolly Moseley 3703 at http://kut.org AM Update 2/22/12: Cost of Boardwalk Rises, Juárez Bullet Strikes El Pasoan, Meth Seizures at Border