The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with The Trail Conservancy (TTC) to implement elements proposed in the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach Master Plan.

Image near proposed Holly Project showing green space under a large tree looking toward lake


The Holly Project with TTC is located just west of the decommissioned Holly Power Plant at Festival Beach, adjacent to the lagoon and baseball fields. The area is located in the East Cesar Chavez and Holly Neighborhoods, home to generations of Hispanic/Latinx residents who have worked to preserve the area’s character and its culturally historic sites. A significant achievement for the community has been the recognition by the U.S. Department of the Interior designating the Tejano Music Legends Trail as a National Recreation Trail. The trail showcases many historic and cultural sites that honor Austin’s Latino musical legends from the 1940s and 50s. The other trail, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake, is a major connection to other cutlurally significant spaces nearby.

Project Description and Objectives

Working with the community, PARD and TTC expect this project to provide area residents and visitors an ADA accessible realignment of the Trail along the waterfront with an expanded view and use of the water for fishing or recreation, include the restoration of the wetland habitat along the shoreline, seating under the heritage oaks, and parkland improvements with gathering space that meet the community’s needs.

Anticipated Schedule

  • Phase 1: Gathering Data: April to July 2019
  • Phase 2: Design Period: August 2019 to August 2021
  • Phase 3: Fundraising, Design Revisions, Permitting: Fall 2021 to Fall 2023 (anticipated)
  • Phase 4: Construction: Spring 2024 (anticipated)

Community Engagement

Community Meeting #1: Open House
Camacho Activity Center
35 Robert T. Martinez, Austin, TX 78702
June 8, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon

Community Survey #1 Results(PDF): open from June 8 to July 5, 2019

Community Meeting #2: Open House
Camacho Activity Center
35 Robert T. Martinez, Austin, TX 78702
December 7, 2019, 10 a.m. to noon

Community Meeting #3 (Virtual)
July 24, 2021, 6 p.m.

Additional Engagement

  • April 2019: In-depth interviews with community leaders
  • April 29, 2019: ETLNCA Town Hall, 6 p.m.
  • May 18, 2019: Project Kick-off Event at Camacho Activity Center, 9 a.m.
  • June 12, 2019: Festival Beach Community Garden Group Presentation, Terrazas Branch Library, 6 p.m.
  • June 15, 2019: Tabling Intercept Activity at the Trail, 8 to 10 a.m.
  • June 19, 2019: East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Contact Team - Group Presentation, 3 p.m.
  • August 1, 2019: ETLCNA Neighborhood Meeting, 6 p.m.

Funding and Resources

Funding is provided by The Trail Conservancy's Corgan Canopy Fund.


For questions about this project, please contact Christine Chute Canul by email or phone at (512) 974-9515.