At Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park at Festival Beach, there is an area of mature trees with extensive stormwater erosion where curb cuts divert the neighborhood’s street stormwater to a condensed area of lake shoreline. This proposed plan, created in partnership with the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department (WPD), creates a series of rain gardens and bioswales to provide green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), repair the progressing rill/shoreline erosion, protect the urban tree canopy, and serve as a learning laboratory for the Austin community.

Tree preservation programs and invasive species management efforts will also be employed further to preserve the Urban Tree Canopy along the section of the Trail of Tejano Music Legends that overlaps with the Butler Trail.

To successfully complete the project and associated work, TTC will work with the City of Austin and others partners to execute the Festival Beach green stormwater infrastructure plan that has been under development since 2021. TTC will continue an invasive species management program that started 8 years ago.

TTC communicates to stakeholders throughout the process of all projects. Stay tuned on this page and our social media for updates. Our goal is to ensure that the plan and outcome are communicated effectively, and that the community’s usability of the space is enhanced.

Current Conditions at Festival Beach

Festival Beach GSI Project Rendering

Improving Resiliency: The installation of GSI projects in the Festival Beach area helps improve the resiliency through the increased stormwater capacity, the associated preservation of mature tree root zones in the area, stabilization of the shoreline, and on-the-job training for the next generation of urban forestry and stormwater infrastructure professionals.

  • Construction of GSI consisting of bioswales, retention gardens, restoration of the Trail, and shoreline stabilization
  • Improvement of ADA access to the Trail in the Fiesta Gardens area
  • Tree preservation of 15 mature trees in the area
Above: Draft Overview of GSI Plan