Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Holly Shores Trail Segment Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony


New Trail Section Creates Accessible, Continuous Loop of Butler Trail

WHO:        Austin Parks and Recreation and The Trail Foundation 

WHAT:      Ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening of Holly Shores Trail Segment 

WHEN:      Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 a.m.     

WHERE:    61 Pedernales St., Austin, TX 78702 
                 Parking available at Metz Neighborhood Park 

DETAILS:  Media are invited to the ribbon-cutting of Holly Shores, the newest segment of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Located just west of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant at Festival Beach, Holly Shores provides an ADA-accessible realignment of the Trail as well as ecological restoration of the shoreline habitat. It also creates a continuous loop along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, with an overlook area and connection to the Eastlink Trail at Pedernales Street.     

Constructed in 1958, the Holly Street Power Plant operated for 47 years at this site. Since the 1980s, the Holly Power Plant Decommissioning Committee’s countless hours of neighborhood activism, community participation, and vigils ultimately led to the plant closure in 2007. In 2010, Austin Energy funded the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Vision Plan. 
This event will commemorate the grand opening of Holly Shores and its opening to the public. Speakers include:
  • Kimberly McNeeley, Director, Parks and Recreation
  • Sabino “Pio” Renteria, Council Member, District 3
  • Heidi Anderson, CEO, The Trail Foundation
  • Richard Mendoza, Interim Director, Austin Transportation Department
  • Stuart Reilly, Acting Chief Operating Officer, Austin Energy
  • James Snow, Acting Director, Public Works Department
Interviews with event speakers are available by request. 

About The Trail Foundation
The Trail Foundation’s mission is to protect, enhance, and connect the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake for the benefit of all. The Butler Trail is the 10-mile lush, urban path in the heart of Austin that gets more than 4.9 million visits every year. Since it was founded in 2003, The Trail Foundation has achieved restoration and beautification projects to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders and ensuring its vibrancy for generations to come. For more information, please visit

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