Austinites are invited to participate in two design workshops this week to inform designers in planning for great public spaces in the South Central Waterfront area of Lady Bird Lake.
The public input sessions include:
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kickoff Workshop & Open House: Participants can provide input on conceptual designs for five key locations in the South Central Waterfront.
Thursday, Sept. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wrap-up Workshop & Open House: The design team will present in-progress designs and gather public input on refinements.
The Design Workshops will be held at the Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 S. Congress Ave., Austin. Access the events through the main entrance on South Congress Avenue. The events are family-friendly and will feature a petting zoo, face painting, and ice cream.
These workshops are part of the ongoing South Central Waterfront Initiative which is planning for how the area could transform with green infrastructure: a connected network of tree-lined streets, urban trails, parks, and open spaces that integrates landscape, public art, and technologies to make beautiful people-oriented places, alongside environmental benefits.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), through a competitive Greening of America’s Capitals award, has hired CMG Landscape Architecture, a nationally awarded design firm, to work with Austin citizens, stakeholder groups and City staff in developing key elements of the green infrastructure/public spaces plan.
About the South Central Waterfront Initiative
The Austin City Council in August 2013 authorized creation of a small area plan for the South Central Waterfront.
The project area encompasses 97 acres and is bounded by South First Street on the west, Blunn Creek to the east, Lady Bird Lake on the north, and East Riverside Drive and East Bouldin Creek on the south.
As the area evolves and faces different development pressures, the purpose of the plan is to facilitate high-priority objectives:
Expand open space and create great public spaces.
Enhance connections to and along the waterfront.
Establish a lively, attractive pedestrian environment.