The Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) is partnering with The Trail Foundation (TTF) to replace and enhance the existing exercise equipment that sits adjacent to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail near the PARD headquarters on West Riverside Drive.

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Image of exercise equipment on Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail near Riverside and Lamar Blvd.

Project Description

This project will replace existing items on the site including the exercise equipment, seating, and drinking fountain and will increase fitness opportunities in the area. As part of the continual goal of trail improvement for The Trail Foundation, the Butler Shores exercise equipment enhancement seeks to introduce more variety of exercise and fitness equipment, allowing for conditioning of multiple muscle groups and a range of abilities.  This  enhancement also seeks to bring more awareness of this public amenity in this location. Finally, the project will integrate supplemental areas for rest, including an updated drinking fountain and new trees to shade users during their use of the equipment.

Project Elements

The enhancement proposes:

  • Exercise equipment with a well-rounded variety of workouts. Equipment is designed for ages 13+
  • Visual guides showing intended exercises for each equipment piece w/ a scannable link for more info
  • Natural hardscape materials
  • Native plants and shade trees
  • Engineered Wood Fiber surfacing
  • Concrete ribbon curb separate the trail from the fitness zone
  • Limestone block seat wall
  • New drinking fountain, bike racks, trash and recycling receptacles

Community Engagement

Due to COVID-19 and our commitment to slowing the spread, our in-person engagement events have been moved to an online survey and virtual meeting. In addition, due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, all PARD facilities and park amenities are still closed. For more information on the closure, please visit the PARD Facilities Closures site.

Survey results (PDF): Survey closed on September 1, 2020.


  • Community Engagement 1: Survey (July 28 to August 25, 2020) (Complete) 
  • Community Engagement 2: Virtual Community Meeting, November 12 (Complete)
  • Finalize Design: 2021 (Complete) 
  • Permitting/Construction Documents: Mid-2022
  • Anticipated Project Construction: September, 2022 to December, 2022

Contact Information

For additional information, please visit The Trail Foundation project website or email Charles Mabry, PARD project manager.