Visit Boggy Creek Trail next week to learn fun facts about this urban trail!
Trail construction is now complete on the Boggy Creek trail, Austin’s first ever dual-track trail. The project was made possible through a partnership with Austin Public Works, Austin Transportation, and the Parks and Recreation Department. The new dual-track connects Rosewood Ave to E. 12th Street, where it joins the existing Boggy Creek Trail. Dual-track trails separate people walking from people biking and using other wheeled devices, which improves safety and creates more space for the different paces of users. Learn more and take a virtual tour on the Boggy Creek Trail website.
Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 16, visitors can explore the trail and read temporary signs that act as a “tour guide” with more information about this area. The signs will be in place for one month. This urban trail is family-friendly and follows Boggy Creek through a greenbelt filled with old pecan groves, sprawling live oaks, and historic sites.
Remarking on the completion of the trail, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison stated, "This trail improvement is a big step forward for East Austin. It not only provides better connectivity between neighborhoods and parks, but also between our residents and their community’s rich history. This is the kind of safe, healthy, and accessible investment that sets a new standard for our urban trails across the city.”
Disturbed areas are being restored with a biodegradable erosion control blanket and reseeded to preserve the natural setting of the area. Four new water quality planting areas will help absorb and filter water runoff from the concrete trail. The trail colors were selected to blend with the environment and because they reflect less light during hot summer days. New fully shielded energy-efficient lighting will help minimize light pollution while helping people using the trail feel more comfortable.
“As Austin continues to grow it is important that we preserve open spaces for people to enjoy, and that we connect these places to the neighborhoods and businesses they serve,” noted Assistant City Manager Gina Fiandaca, who oversees the Mobility Outcome. “The Urban Trails, Bikeways, and Sidewalks Program play a vital role in making parks and greenbelts more accessible in Austin.”
Boggy Creek Trail is part of two larger planned urban trail systems, the EastLink Trail and Red Line Trail. It’s also an important piece of the All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network, a planned network of streets and trails in Austin intended to serve a wide range of users. This trail fills the final gap in the All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network that connects Cherrywood Neighborhood to Lady Bird Lake. To view a map of this bicycle network and others around the city, visit the All Ages and Abilities Bicycle Network page.
The Boggy Creek Trail Project was funded through the 2016 Mobility Bond, the Urban Trails and the Bikeways Program, and was supported by the Sidewalks and Special Projects Division and the Parks and Recreation Department.
To discover the fun facts and learn more, go to AustinTexas.gov/BoggyCreekTrail or visit the trail anytime in the next month, beginning February 16.