Seaholm Waterfront

The Seaholm Intake is an iconic Art Deco building that once was the pump house for the Seaholm Power Plant, which operated until 1989. In 1996, Austin City Council authorized the decommissioning of the plant and all the associated buildings in preparation for future adaptive reuse.

In the fall of 2016, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and key partners discussed strategies to achieve the greatest public benefit for the Seaholm Intake and surrounding parkland that could best harness the energy and resources of the non-profit and philanthropic sector. A collaborative planning study led by internationally recognized architecture and urbanism firm Studio Gang began in June 2017 and was completed in 2018. The study provides PARD and The Trail Conservancy (TTC) with the programming, phasing, operational, and financial model needed to develop a world-class public facility that protects and celebrates the architectural and historical significance of the Seaholm Intake structure.

The plan, which relies heavily on public input via online platforms, stakeholder meetings, and public open houses, has served as a roadmap for future park improvements and repurposing the decommissioned Seaholm Intake structures for public use and recreation. The plan is ambitious and broken into several phases to bring the entire Seaholm Waterfront site to life incrementally.

In 2018, Austin City Council approved the Seaholm Waterfront concept plan. This plan illustrates the full completion of the project. PARD and TTC are managing their project in phases with the ultimate goal of fulfilling the entire concept.

Ultimately, full access to the Intake will begin upon completion of Phase 2, bringing the facility to life and providing the amenities and maintenance needed for daily operations. The Trail Conservancy launched a $15,000,000 capital campaign in late 2023 to fund Phase 2 and will begin the construction of this phase once the campaign goal has been reached.

For more information about the campaign to fund Phase 2 of the Seaholm Waterfront, contact Sarah Story, Seaholm Waterfront Campaign Manager at sarah@thetrailconservancy.org.

During the project’s current phase, The Trail Conservancy and the City of Austin Parks Department have planned various public programs that will allow safe, limited access to the space and surrounding parkland. These programs include, but are not limited to:

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For More Information

Programming and Events: events@thetrailconservancy.org

Film Permits: reservations@austintexas.gov

Capital Campaign Information: development@thetrailconservancy.org

Historic Information & Open Houses: parknershipsinfo@austintexas.gov

 

 

All building photos courtesy of Austin Parks & Recreation Department.