New trail beneath North Lamar Blvd. (top photo.) New connector trail at Oakbrook Dr. (bottom left.) Two people walk along the new trail in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park (bottom right.)
About the new Northern Walnut Creek Trail extension:
The new section of urban trail was designed and constructed by Austin Public Works Urban Trails Program, and connects Oakbrook Drive to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The path goes beneath North Lamar Boulevard, making it easier for residents who are walking or biking to access destinations and amenities across this busy corridor. The trail was made possible with funding from the 2016 Mobility Bond and funds from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
“In 2009, City Council passed a resolution stating that all residents should have access to a public park within a ten-minute walk from their home. But having a park located close to your home doesn't mean you have a safe way to get there along city streets,” said Council Member Leslie Pool. “And that's where our urban trails enter the picture: with each new urban trail, we’re making it safer and easier for thousands of residents to walk or bike to our parks to enjoy our city’s open spaces.”
With the new addition, the Northern Walnut Creek Trail now totals 4.4 miles one-way, from Balcones Neighborhood District Park to Oakbrook Drive. The Urban Trails Program plans to eventually connect the Northern Walnut Creek Trail to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail, but four sections of the trail must be built before the 19-mile trail system connects Govalle Neighborhood Park in east Austin to the Balcones District Park in North Austin. Learn more about future Walnut Creek Trail projects here.