Status: Request for Proposals

The Trail Conservancy is currently requesting competitive bid proposals for the construction of this project. The work would include construction of a new fishing pier, a new accessible pathway, pedestrian lighting, and landscape restoration. The deadline for proposals is THURSDAY, JULY 18 at 3:00PM CST.

The Trail Conservancy is preparing to implement various elements proposed in PARD’s Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park Vision Plan, which designed a vision for revitalized open space that integrates redevelopment of the decommissioned Holly Street Power Plant site with existing open space. 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 desires to build on these successful engagement efforts to ensure the community continues its collaboration during the design of the Holly Project, an inaugural Corgan Canopy Fund project announced in 2018 as one of the 15 projects for TTF’s 15th anniversary.

Holly Project is located just west of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant at Festival Beach, adjacent to the lagoon and the baseball fields. The area is located in the East Cesar Chavez and Holly Neighborhoods, home to generations of Hispanic residents who have worked to preserve its character and culturally historic sites. A significant achievement for the community has been the recognition by the U.S. Department of the Interior to designate the Tejano Music Legends Trail as a National Recreation Trail. The Trail showcases many historical and cultural sites that honor Austin’s Latino musical legends from the 1940s and 50s. Part of the 5.6-mile pathway runs along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, connecting the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Arts Center (ESB-MACC) and Holly Project. Neighborhood leaders are currently working with partners and area schools to improve the promotion of the trails for fitness, health, historic preservation, and cultural awareness.

In addition to the new ADA-accessible realignment of the Trail along the waterfront by PARD, the Holly Project will provide a fishing pier, additional seating, lighting and native plant restoration to support the ecological restoration of the urban forest and natural areas and protection of the shoreline for wildlife habitat.


Click to see other projects planned in the area from the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park Vision Plan.

Design Notes (FAQs)

The concrete trail shown in the design is part of a separate project run by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) recently opened. Due to their funding sources, PARD was required to construct the trail from concrete and not some other material.  

The existing boat dock on the lagoon is privately owned and maintained by the Lorraine Camacho Activity Center. There is currently no public access to this dock. Please contact the Lorraine Camacho Activity Center for their list of programs and events that use this dock.

In the current design, no additional drinking fountains are included. There are two existing drinking fountains, one near the baseball diamond and parking lot and the other near the Lorraine Camacho Activity Center. A new trash and recycling receptacle will be installed near the pedestrian bridge during the PARD lakefront trail project.

Drawing from previous community engagement, this project was intentionally designed to retain its character as a small neighborhood park and not a place for large groups of people to congregate. The Holly Shores Vision Plan provides larger community gathering areas near the existing Camacho Activity Center main building.

The Trail Conservancy recognized the potential of a future bridge connection as one of the 15 Projects for the 15th Anniversary. As outlined, TTC has committed to conducting a feasibility study to connect the new trail alignment at Holly Shores to the peninsula off Lakeshore Blvd.

One of the preliminary concept sketches showed a possible stone pergola near what is now a fishing pier. The community-guided Holly Shores Vision Plan indicated that the pavilion and family gathering areas should be closer to the existing Camacho Activity Center. Regulatory complications were another one of the reasons the pergola was not feasible so close to the water’s edge.

Existing parking will remain nearby at the Camacho Activity Center. The fishing pier is highly regulated, so there is a limit to the size that can be installed. Additionally, the Festival Beach boat ramp remains open and will be preserved as shown in the Holly Shores Vision Plan.

Existing Conditions

Project Schedule

June 8th, 2019: Open House #1

Residents, trail-users, and community recreation groups help design a vision for the site and learn how it will integrate and support the redevelopment of the neighboring park amenities proposed in the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park Master Plan.


View the project boards
View the survey report

December 7th, 2019: Open House #2 – Lorraine Camacho Activity Center 

Design concepts presented at open house, providing functional and gathering space recommendations based on community input received during the initial phase.



View the summary report from Open House #2
View Photos from the Open House

View the Project Flyer
View the Welcome Board
View the Input Board
View the Concept A Boards
View the Concept B Boards
View the Inspiration Boards

June 24, 2021: Open House #3 – Virtual Meeting

Held via Zoom, the team shared “what we heard” from the second community engagement and presented the updated schematic design responding to the project goals, community feedback, and site conditions.


View the video
View the presentation slides
View the survey report

Spring 2023: Design & Development Completed
Summer 2023: Site Development Permit Submitted
Fall 2023: Construction Documents Begin
Late Spring/Early Summer 2024: Anticipated Construction Begins

Comprehensive Community Engagement Summary

  • April – In-depth Interviews – Community Leaders
  • April 29 – ETLCNA Town Hall – 6 to 8 p.m.
  • May 18 – Project Kick-off Event – Camacho Activity Center – 9 to 12 p.m.
  • June 8 – Public Open House – Camacho Activity Center – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • June 12 – Festival Beach Community Garden – Terrazas Branch Library – Group Presentation – 6 to 8 p.m.
  • June 13 – Rebekah Baines Johnson Center (RBJ Center) – Group Presentation – 3 to 4 p.m.
  • June 15 – Holly Project – Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail – Tabling/Intercepts – 8 to 10 a.m.
  • June 19 – East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Contact Team – Group Presentation – Terrazas Branch Library – 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • August 1 – ETLCNA – Neighborhood Meeting – 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • December 7 – Public Open House – Camacho Activity Center – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • June 24 – Public Open House – Virtual Meeting – 6 to 7 p.m.

Holly Project Donors

Sharoll & Bryan Sheffield

Sponsor ($25,000+)

Jonna & Jill Foundation
Glanville Grill Foundation
The Cooper Matthews
H-E-B Texas

Sponsor ($10,000+)

Ron & Rene Albee
Jacob & Terese Hershey
Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin
Cheryl & Walt Penn

Sponsor ($2,500+)

Beth Granger
Candi Scott
Dan Garrison
Kari Commagere
Lynda Kaffie
Lynne Dobson
Robbie Robinette
Sally Matoushek
Texas Realty Capital


Rene & Ron Albee
Tommy Albright
Wilson Albright
Kay Andrews
Catherine & Brian Beckworth
Evan Borysko
Molly Holmes Bridges
Mike Bullock
Paul Byars
Jason Carroll
Josh Claman
Carla Delgado
Gretchen Ellis
Angela Filardi
Mary Anne Frishman
Bobby Garcia
Nancy Garrison
Ann Graham
Kate Granger
Roy Granger
Cassie Gresham
Meri Hagelberg
Walter Harrell
Rob Harrison
Fred Hartman
Dale Herron
Chris Hewitt
Paul Hudson
Chris Hughes
Mark Kendrick
Bill Kerr
Laurie Limbacher
Brad Maples
Shay Maples
Michael McGill
Jo Ann Merica
Matteo Pacifici
Stefan Pharis
Aubrey Ponziob
Mario Rivera
Catherine Robb
Jordan Romm
Alex Saenz
Claire Saunders
Ken Smith
Marylib Thornhill
Sandi Tomlinson
Laura Toups
Jeff Trigger
Amy Younkman