Earlier this year I started volunteering with the Shoal Creek Conservancy, helping with community outreach, education and fundraising. The reason I do that is because I strongly believe that investments made to the Shoal Creek Watershed and Trail System are an investment in Austin’s livability and quality of life, benefitting in particular Austin residents in neighborhoods along Shoal Creek from downtown all the way to 183 (including Clarksville, Old Enfield, Pemberton Heights, Brykerwoods, Rosedale, Allandale, and many others along the Mopac Corridor and Burnet Rd corridor).
It has been my opinion that the Shoal Creek Trail System is more likely to serve the residents of central Austin (neighborhoods), while the Waller Creek system is more likely to serve primarily visitors to Austin. I decided to see what I could do to quantify that idea with numbers. Focusing on downtown from I-35 to Lamar, and from LadyBird Lake up to the Capitol, I looked at residential and hotel units east of Congress Avenue vs. west of Congress Avenue. Working with the Downtown Austin Alliance here is what I was able to come up with:
If you want to get involved with the Shoal Creek Conservancy, or are interested in supporting it, feel free to contact me or visit their website.