In partnership with the city of Austin, appropriated funds for preliminary design, engineering, and public involvement for the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake began in 2008. In 2010 and 2012, Austin voters approved additional bond funding, accompanied by a generous list of donors coordinated by the Trail Conservancy. Construction started in October 2012 and was completed in early June 2014.
The $28 million project features over 300 piers, 2,200 pre-cast concrete deck planks, 13,000 LED lights, 1.3 million pounds of structural steel, 7 viewing areas, ADA accessible pier, and a new trailhead restroom along the 7,250 feet boardwalk.
Belting It Out Art
Art in Public Places, a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, commissioned artist Ken Little to create artwork for the Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. Belting It Out is an installation of 36 cast bronze, western-style belts integrated into the railings on both sides of the Boardwalk. Song lyrics from well-known Texas singers and songwriters are embossed on each belt.
Accessing the Boardwalk
Hours: The Boardwalk is open from 5am to midnight each day, with a curfew between midnight and 5am.
Boardwalk Access: The Boardwalk can be accessed at several points – the northeast corner of the American-Statesman parking lot, off the Riverside Drive sidewalk at Blunn Creek, from the northeast corner of the Riverside and IH35 intersection, and at International Shores Park, 1820 S. Lakeshore Blvd.
Parking: Street parking is available along S. Lakeshore Blvd. between Pleasant Valley Road and Riverside. Or if you are walking the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail loop, you can park at Festival Beach across the river or at any of the parking areas near the trail.
Fishing: is allowed on the rest areas but not along the main trail.