After nearly two years of construction, the Boardwalk at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake will open on Saturday, June 7. The elevated platform will complete the 10-mile loop used by up to 15,000 people each day.
The trail, which was formed in the 1970s as an effort to beautify the lakefront area, offers an ideal location to run, walk and bike in the city limits. In addition, a 2007 study by the Trail Foundation found that it serves as a key component of transportation for residents as well.
To officially commemorate the opening of the Hike-and-Bike Trail Boardwalk, the Trail Foundation will host a grand opening kicking off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 7. Following a theme of "Run, Walk or Bike on Water," the event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a festive march across the Boardwalk and family entertainment.
To culminate the event, Silicon Labs will sponsor an exclusive performance by Blue Lapis Light. The performance, which will take place at 11:45 a.m., will feature six dancers suspended from the columns of the I-35 bridge. The performance will symbolize the merger of east and west Austin.
The Trail Foundation completed this project, which features a partially overland and partially overwater trail, thanks to public support and private funding. The Trail Foundation committed $3 million in private funds to support the hard construction cost. The overwater boardwalk trail was selected because it requires minimal maintenance and has minimal impact on the lake. In addition, it provides continuous ADA compliant pedestrian and bicycle access.
Future projects for the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail include Healthy Trees for the Trail, which restores and diversifies the woodland habitat around the trail, and the Southeast Shore Park, which helps to restore this area of the trail in collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.