Austin Parks Foundation, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Mueller Foundation, are proud to be spearheading work to make the EastLink Trail a reality.
EastLink is a series of proposed improvements to connect 5.1 miles of multi-use community paths in Central East Austin — from Bartholomew Park to Lady Bird Lake. Ultimately, EastLink can become a treasured recreational asset, as well as an alternative to driving. It is a citizen-based initiative to repair old paths, and in some cases build new paths for pedestrians and cyclists. EastLink creates a new and neighborly trail that connects people to places in safer, more accessible ways.
A Feasibility Study has been completed, concluding that EastLink is a viable series of pathways that will offer critical connections to community assets. We are now exploring funding possibilities and the design team is researching the history of the EastLink corridor to understand the people who settled the area, as well as those who live there now, and the historic resources that may still exist. This will provide insight into the cultural and community values of the area, and might also provide future opportunities for interpretative features and wayfinding signage along the route.
Benefits of Eastlink community improvements
Restore neglected sidewalks, trails and natural systems along the corridor
Creates many opportunities for environmental enhancements including erosion control, stream bank stabilization, invasive species removal, ecological restoration, wildlife habitat, shade, and more.
Foster pride in the culture and history of Central East Austin
Creates opportunities for more art in public spaces as well as cultural and neighborhood-specific enhancements to preserve the history.
Connect people to work, school, and recreation while bringing the community together
Creates a continuous and identifiable "signature" pathway between Lady Bird Lake and Bartholomew Park, linking a multitude of places and people.
Increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists
Protected pathways and bicycle facilities will be added, while existing ones are repaired and enhanced.
Encourage Austinites to choose active transportation
Provides increased options for walking, biking, jogging, skateboarding, and other activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Neighbors can walk the loop in 60-90 min. and bike it in 20-30 min.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
This project will ensure that the highest levels of ADA accessibility are met throughout the corridor.
Community benefits Down the road
Reinforces the unique sense of place by celebrating and making visible both the human and natural history of this corridor.
Transportation network improvements
Reduces vehicular congestions in the central area of the city by making travel by foot and bike a more attractive option for short trips.
Improved health outcomes
EastLink addresses public health head on, including reducing childhood obesity, heart disease, etc. by creating an easily accessible route.
Restores the ecological integrity of the corridor as the desired pathway improvements are made.
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