The Austin Community Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Boardwalk on the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake on Saturday, June 7
June 4, 2014
The Austin Community Celebrates the Grand Opening of the Boardwalk
on the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake on Saturday, June 7
The City of Austin, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and The Trail Foundation unveil the Boardwalk that will complete the 10-mile Trail Loop
On Saturday, June 7, The Trail Foundation, the City of Austin and The Trail Foundation will celebrate the grand opening of the Boardwalk on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony, music by the SoundWaves, a festive march across the Boardwalk led by the Eastside Panther Drumline, and an aerial dance performance under I-35 by Blue Lapis Light, which has been underwritten by Silicon Labs.
The Boardwalk will close a 1.1-mile gap in the 10-mile Butler Trail, part of Austin’s hub-and-spoke system of trails. The Trail came to life during the 1970s thanks to a unique public-private civic effort led by the Citizen’s Committee for a More Beautiful Town Lake and its Honorary Chairwoman, Lady Bird Johnson. Today, the Butler Trail remains a key part of Austin’s quality of life, with 3,000 to 15,000 people using it every day of the year.
WHAT: The Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake Grand Opening
WHO: City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and The Trail Foundation
WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014 – 10:00am
WHERE: Lakeshore Trailhead at the eastern end of the Boardwalk
1928 South Lakeshore Boulevard, Austin, TX 78741
(Limited parking is available along South Lakeshore Blvd.)
Ribbon cutting ceremony
March across the Boardwalk
Blue Lapis Light aerial dance performance under I-35 at 11:45
Attendees enjoying the newly opened Boardwalk
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS:
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell
Susan Rankin, Executive Director of The Trail Foundation
The Trail Foundation
The Trail Foundation’s mission is to protect and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Since its formation in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), the foundation has fulfilled its mission through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. In a distinctively collaborative effort, the foundation works in cooperation with the City of Austin to close the gap between what the government provides and what the Trail deserves.
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