Renovations begin at Auditorium Shores' trailhead

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by ANDREW CHUNG / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY/KVUE NEWS

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Posted on November 20, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- One of downtown Austin's most popular outdoor attractions is about to get a makeover. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department began renovations Wednesday on Auditorium Shores' trailhead.

The project will do several things like expand the parking lot and add an observation deck to the Fannie Davis gazebo. The actual trail will be widened in some spots. In addition there will be a new stretching and warmup area, as well as new water fountains and restrooms.

Management supervisor Marty Stump says this project is very rewarding for his department. 

"It really is part of the department's greater mission to provide recreation opportunities, particularly trail [and] trail access. It's the most popular park and destination within our parks system, park land along the corridor. So it's an exciting time for us and very exciting to be part of it," he explained.

According to Stump the $2.2 million project includes City funds as well as a $1 million grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

He says once the renovations are complete, people will find this area much more attractive and convenient.

For now you can still access the hike and bike trail, but if you are heading to this particular area, the trailhead, you are encouraged to walk or bike there as the parking lot will be closed during renovation.

Austin Parks and Recreation expects this project to be completed by July of next year.

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