Holly Shores: Trailhead, Trail Enhancements and Play Area

STATUS: Initial Ideas & Themes

We are currently in our first phase of community engagement and want to hear from you!

What are your favorite memories of the Holly neighborhood and your local parks? How do you imagine using your parks in the future? Take our virtual survey (live until May 19th). Or come join us on May 11th from 9 AM—12 PM for a family-friendly community event on the lawn in front of Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center for activities like free fishing skills sessions for kids and adults of all ages, free Polaroid photo sessions for the whole family, and free breakfast tacos while giving your thoughts on the future of the Butler Trail’s Holly park area.

Project Description

The Trail Conservancy is currently working on improving the Trail and its connections, implementing additional elements proposed in PARD’s Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park Vision Plan. The Vision Plan designed a vision for revitalized open space that integrates redevelopment of the decommissioned Holly Street Power Plant. During the development of the Vision Plan, consultants worked with the neighboring communities through a series of public meetings and outreach efforts to identify priorities from as broad a constituency as possible.

The Trail Conservancy will commence the three projects together to increase the richness of our community engagement efforts and design with a comprehensive overview. Once the schematic design package has been delivered, The Trail Conservancy will begin funding for each project. Subsequently, one project may be funded sooner than another and begin detailed design, permitting, and construction separately. These three projects include:


A Holly Shores Trailhead. This project will add a new trailhead to the northern entrance to the Butler Trail at Metz Park. It could include shade, seating, signage, and other amenities for the Trail and park users. This trailhead will also mark the connection between the future East Link Trail and the Butler Trail.


Holly Shores Trail Enhancements. This project will add another layer to the recently completed Lakefront Trail. It will create a new concrete multi-use Trail connecting the Butler Trail along the shoreline of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant. This project could include shade, drinking fountains, additional tree plantings, and play features. The community’s input is welcomed to enhance the new Trail.

Holly Shores Play Area. The Vision Plan highlighted this new one-acre play area between Fiesta Gardens and Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center along Jesse E. Segovia Street. Currently, the site is mowed Bermuda grass with picnic tables and temporary lighting. The Vision Plan advises to develop this area as a center of children’s activity.

Design Team

Our design team for these projects includes:

Rialto Studio – Landscape Architect

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon – Neighborhood Artist Consultant

Cultural Strategies – Community Engagement Consultant

Project Schedule

Community Engagement Phase 1
April - May 2024

Ideas & Themes – To gather input from trail users and Holly neighbors about the project’s goals, priorities, and vision, one online survey, one community event, presentations to neighborhood groups, pop-ups at community events, and focus groups will be conducted.

  • 4/12/24 – 5/19/24 -Virtual Survey – La Encuesta en Línea 
  • 5/11/24 9 AM – 12 PM – In-person community event at Lorraine “Grandma” Camacho Activity Center 
Community Engagement Phase 2
Fall 2024

Concept Design – During this phase, TTC will share the first engagement summary to ensure that it understands the stakeholders’ and communities’ priorities and values for the project. TTC will conduct one online survey, one community event, presentations to neighborhood groups, pop-ups at community events, and focus groups to get feedback on aligning initial design concepts and options with outlined desires and priorities.

Dates: TBD

Community Engagement Phase 3
Spring 2024

Refining and finalizing concept designs – During this phase, TTC will present the findings from phase 2 of engagement and updated design concepts and options to stakeholders and communities to get their feedback. TTC will conduct one online survey, one community event, presentations to neighborhood groups, pop-ups at community events, and focus groups to gather feedback during this phase.

Dates: TBD

Current Site Conditions