The Trail Foundation (TTF) and the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) are beginning a process to develop a plan for Holly Point, an inaugural Corgan Canopy fund project announced in 2018 as one of the 15 projects for TTF’s 15th anniversary. A public kick-off event is scheduled on Saturday, May 18 and residents, trail-users, community recreation groups and all interested parties are invited to help design a vision for the site and learn how it will integrate and support the redevelopment of the neighboring park amenities proposed in the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park Master Plan.
Holly Point Project - Community Meeting
May 18, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Loraine Camacho Activity Center
35 Robert T Martinez Jr. St., 78702
Holly Point is located just west of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant at Festival Beach, adjacent to the lagoon and the baseball fields. The area is located in the Tejano neighborhood of East Cesar Chavez, home to generations of Hispanic residents who have worked to preserve the area’s character and its culturally historic sites. Holly Point also includes the Tejano Music Legends Trail, listed as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior and showcases many historic and cultural sites that honor Austin’s Latino music legends from the 1940s and 50s. Part of the 5.6-mile pathway runs along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail making a connection between the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Arts Center (ESB-MACC) and Holly Point. Neighborhood leaders are currently working with partners and area schools to improve promotion of the trails for fitness, health, historic preservation, and cultural awareness.
Working with the community and the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, The Trail Foundation anticipates the transition of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant into parkland and its impact on the realignment of the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Holly Point is expected to provide an ADA accessible realignment of the Trail along the waterfront, an expanded view and use of the water for fishing or recreation, the restoration of the wetland habitat along the shoreline, decking under the heritage oaks, and parkland improvements with gathering space that meet the community’s needs.
Participants at the open house will enjoy coffee and breakfast tacos (while they last) and fun activities for kids. Parking is free in the Center’s lot. A short presentation from The Trail Foundation will inform participants about the process and invite their vision for the site plan. Those not able to attend are encouraged to provide their input online in English and Spanish by completing a survey at www.hollypoint.org
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701