Washington has a consensus: American infrastructure is overdue for capital improvements and maintenance. The most fervent debates on this topic have focused on how much funding should be allocated. But the most important discussion, even when it comes to hard infrastructure (e.g., rail, bridges, roads, and sidewalks), should be about how funding should be spent.
Waterloo Greenway is a 1.5-mile park system with the power to bring the entire Austin community together. Once complete, the 35 acres of connected green space – meandering from 15th St. along downtown’s eastern edge to Lady Bird Lake – will be home to a wild array of natural and cultural destinations.
Amid epic gardens and rolling pathways, and a twinkling Waller Creek that links them, the environment, arts, health, and adventure will converge — and nourish authentic and uplifting experiences that reflect our city’s diversity. A significant public-private partnership between the City of Austin and the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, this park is being planned, designed, and built in a series of geographic milestones. Meeting each one by the 2026 completion goal is ambitious and requires support from the entire community. There’s much work yet to be done, but Waterloo Greenway is well on its way: Symphony Square is open, park programming is in full swing, and Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater are opening in 2020.
|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Opening||August 14, 2021 (Phase 1: Waterloo Park)
|Design Team||Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates|
Managed by the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy in partnership with the City of Austin
|Project Leader||Kathy Miller|
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For decades, American leadership has failed to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Now, with a prolonged health crisis battering our economy, the consequences of inaction are dire.
I’ve heard the same refrain from both friends and strangers, over and over, ever since the pandemic hit: “COVID has upended life as I know it. But I’ve found peace along the Detroit Riverfront.”