Hikers, bikers, dog-walkers, and sightseers! The City of Austin and The Trail Foundation announce the grand opening of the long-awaited Boardwalk extension of Austin’s hike-and-bike trail.
The new Boardwalk opens tomorrow morning, June 7, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 followed by an aerial dance performance by Blue Lapis Light, an Austin-based dance company that transforms urban environments into art spaces.
The 10-mile hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, now officially known as Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, was beautified in the 1970s with the support of First Lady Bird Johnson, who famously said, “The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.”
The new Boardwalk closes a 1.3-mile gap in the trail near Riverside Drive and I-35, facilitating safe access to the lush sections east of the Interstate. Prior to the Trail’s completion, trail users who wanted to continue east had to travel the narrow sidewalk along Riverside Drive and cross six lanes of I-35 access roads.
For more details, see www.thetrailfoundation.org.