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.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Waterfront / Waterway
Status Advocacy & Design
Opening 2019 (Waterloo Park)
Size 37 acres
Design Team Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Management

Managed by the Waller Creek Conservancy in partnership with the City of Austin

Latest News / Waller Creek

Culture Map / November 1, 2018

Visionary new plan transforms downtown Austin into urban greenbelt

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.