Public is invited to share ideas on the future of the historic Seaholm Intake Facility and its surrounding parkland
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 19, 2017) - Austin Parks Foundation (APF) and The Trail Foundation (TTF), in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), invite Austinites to the first community input event on the Seaholm Waterfront Programming and Implementation Study on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at several locations around Lady Bird Lake. The community will have the opportunity to learn about the study and provide input on the next steps and strategies to consider for redevelopment of the three acres of parkland and the decommissioned historic Seaholm Intake buildings. The event will be held at the Seaholm Intake Structure and at three surrounding locations: Pfluger Bridge, Butler Park, and Vic Mathias Auditorium Shores.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is very interested in hearing the community’s vision for the Seaholm Waterfront,” said Kimberly McNeeley, Acting Director, PARD. “Making the public aware of the remarkable historic features of the Seaholm buildings and discussing different strategies and visions for future use with the community is what a project like this is all about.”
The programming and implementation study will be led by Studio Gang, an internationally recognized architecture and urbanism firm. The firm has extensive experience working with projects within the public realm, specifically parks and civic spaces. In addition, various Austin-based sub-consultants will collaborate to reshape this Austin icon, including Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and Urban Design Group, as well as public engagement consultants GO Collaborative and Civic Collaborations. Their research, which will rely heavily on public input through meetings such as this one, will serve as a roadmap for future park improvements and the adaptive reuse of the decommissioned intake structures.
“The Seaholm Intake Structure and surrounding parkland offer a unique opportunity to create a vibrant recreational and publicly-accessible destination,” says APF CEO Colin Wallis. “Families are invited to come and learn about the project and provide input on the potential future of this historic building and parkland. Public input is a crucial piece of the study, and residents from all backgrounds and all areas of the city are encouraged to come and engage in the conversation.”
Snacks and refreshments will be provided at the public input stations around the trail (see map below). Residents unable to attend this event are encouraged to take an online survey about the future of the facility and to visit www.seaholmwaterfront.org for information about upcoming meetings.
Saturday, June 24 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Seaholm Intake Structure
(Along the water on Cesar Chavez, between Walter Seaholm Dr. and Nueces St.)
Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
(See map below)
1000 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Austin and Travis County by strengthening the region’s parks system, which spans more than 29,000 acres. A non-profit established in 1992, APF addresses the city’s funding and resource gap in order to develop, maintain, and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails, and green spaces. APF fosters innovative public/private partnerships and since 2006, has given more than $2.5 million in community grants to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit www.austinparks.org.
ABOUT THE TRAIL FOUNDATION:
The Trail Foundation’s mission is to protect and enhance the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, the 10-mile lush, urban path in the heart of Austin that gets more than 2.6 million visits every year. Since it was founded in 2003, The Trail Foundation has achieved restoration and beautification projects to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders and ensuring its vibrancy for generations to come. For more information, please visit www.thetrailfoundation.org.
ABOUT THE AUSTIN PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT:
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is an award-winning park system with more than 300 parks, 227 miles of trails and more than 20,000 acres of greenspace. The Department serves the public by providing, protecting and preserving a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers an essential public service and demonstrates economic value, health and environmental benefits, and social importance by improving the overall quality of life for Austin residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.austintexas.gov/parks.
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