One of Austin’s most prized possessions—and palace of the pups—is getting a year-long overhaul.
A $2 million plan will bring an official event lawn to Auditorium Shores. The project will also fund improvements to the area’s gazebo, more exercise equipment and new bathrooms.
Also, the city will add 30 more parking spots.
"Coming down here in the evening, sometimes you can't find a place to park,” trail user Heather Nance said. “Even if you have to go down here, there is a couple on the road, and then you have to go all the way down by Lamar Boulevard."
The plan will limit the off-leash area of the park, but Austin’s dogs will still have plenty of shoreline to splash around.
"It is definitely nice in the heat of the summer to be able to have the dogs jump in the water,” trail user Alex Hopes said. “It's definitely a luxury."
Marty Stump with the Austin Parks and Recreation said at its narrowest, the trail is five to six feet wide. When the work is done, it will be 12 to 14 feet wide like the rest of the trail.
"The trail would be slightly broadened and realigned in that area to prevent collisions and conflict between cyclists and pedestrians," Stump said.
The city council is expected to approve the $1 million grant for the improvements from Texas Parks and Wildlife at Thursday’s meeting.
Council will match the grant with $1 million in bond money. The work is expected to last from November through July.