New Monuments for New Cities is the inaugural project of the High Line Network Joint Art Initiative, a new collaboration between industrial reuse projects in North America.
Since Austin’s founding, Waller Creek has been characterized by flooding, erosion, neglect, and ecological degradation. In 2010, the Waller Creek Conservancy was created to revitalize the creek and the surrounding district.
The Conservancy and the City of Austin are developing a chain of parks around the creek. Running from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake, the new Waller Creek parks district will include more than 37 acres of newly designed and connected urban parks and public open space, and more than three miles of new hike and bike trails, along with engaging art and educational programming. Founded on the bedrock of great design, the revitalized Waller Creek will renew the natural environment, foster the creative arts, and nourish authentic and uplifting experiences that reflect Austin’s diversity and dynamic spirit.
|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Status||Advocacy & Design|
|Opening||2019 (Waterloo Park)|
|Design Team||Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates|
Managed by the Waller Creek Conservancy in partnership with the City of Austin
Latest News / Waller Creek
New Monuments for New Cities is a public art exhibition in which artists were asked to imagine new monuments. Their designs will travel to five cities next year, to be displayed in industrial reuse spaces, beginning in Buffalo Bayou in Houston in February, and ending on the High Line in New York in October.
As part of a community visioning process, a coalition of local organizations have proposed an urban greenbelt encircling downtown Austin, connecting Waller Creek, Lady Bird Lake, and several other parks. The proposal identifies four priorities for the greenbelt: creating a thriving center, growing neighborhoods, increasing mobility, and establishing welcoming places.