9/26/19 City Contractors will begin limited repairs on the trail beginning 9/30/19. Unfortunately the planned repairs do not meet our expectations -please see the homepage for more information on efforts to have the city properly complete the trail. We have waited 9 long years for the trail work to be done and it is time for the park to be restored!
8/29/2019 We have received word that the City has authorized the contractor to repair erosion along the newly completed paved trail section between Amherst and the ball field near Scribe, as well as replace sections of trail that shifted and cracked. Parts of the trail will need to be temporarily closed for some of this work. We will try to provide advance notice as soon as we find out when they will be starting the repairs.
10/6/2018 update – construction of the final phase of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail in Balcones Park is moving along – walls and drainage culverts have been installed. Concrete pours for trail surface will be starting very soon, weather permitting!
Trail detours are still in effect – see the map in the 4/26/18 post below
4/26/2018 Balcones Park Trail Closures and Trail Construction Update
The City project to extend the Northern Walnut Creek Trail to Amherst is underway. Construction is expected to last approximately 6 months. This work has closed several trails – so we have put together a map to help navigate around the work area: 2018 NCWT DETOUR Please respect the “Trail/Sidewalk Closed” signs and “Restoration in Progress” signs. Also, please do not cut new trails – if not properly located new trails can cause soil erosion and damage vegetation. Some of the restoration in progress signs are a result of such trails. We will work with the City after construction is complete to reconnect existing trails where possible.
3/6/2018 Balcones Park Trail Project Meeting Announcement
10/30/2017 updates from City:
Current project that includes trail segment 1 and 2 (from Mopac to near the ballfield on Scribe drive – see map below)
“The City’s contractor has completed segment 2 of the trail in the park and begun planting trees. Once complete they will haul off any debris, remove most of the staging area fence, replace the backstop, and revegetate the park.
The project should be complete in November 2017. ”
Final trail segments (3, 4 &5 from the ball field to Amherst -see map below).
“The City of Austin continues to make progress on executing the contract for the Northern Walnut Creek Trail PH 1A project (5261.004) project. Below is an update on current and upcoming work.
Bids were opened on October 19, 2017 and the City is currently working with the apparent low bidder to execute the contract as soon as possible. The project should be ready to start construction soon after the new year & take approximately 6 months to complete. ”
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The current project that includes trail segment 1 and 2 (from Mopac to near the ballfield on Scribe drive – see map below) is nearly complete! the Trail has been poured, but a few retaining walls and curbs still need to be completed, as well as signs and landscaping, but the big parts are done!
Plans have been finalized and approved for the last trail segments (3, 4 &5 from the ball field to Amherst -see map below). According to the City, the project is set to be advertised for construction on 9/25/2017 and will be completed next year.
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Balcones Park Trail Meeting TONIGHT April 6 at 6:30pm (Reminder)
6:30 to 7:30pm
Covenant United Methodist Church (4410 Duval Road Austin, TX 78727)
TONIGHT – Thursday, April 6, 2017
We have been working very hard for YEARS to get this trail completed in a way that provides the best alignment for the users, park, and the environment. And we are SO close! This will likely be our last chance to weigh in on the plans and timeline. A high attendance will definitely show our neighborhoods’ passion for this trail to happen and happen quickly and result in the best product. The city has been working to hear our requests which have included shortening the project’s timeline, the alignment, the grade, the low water crossing and more! So we are thankful of that and it moving in the right direction BUT the more bodies we get there tonight, the better off we are. If you can – please attend.
We will also be giving a brief update on the Creekside Trail Repairs and that $117,000+ grant of which we still need to raise $6,000+ in matching funds!
Specifically, the meeting will be covering the Northern Walnut Creek Trail Segments from Mopac until connection into the trailhead in Balcones Park. Also to include the northern stage of Phase 1A (segments 3, 4, and 5) south of Scribe Drive between Amherst Drive and the south side of the baseball field in the Balcones District Park.
Also a huge shout out to Erik Harris who has poured so so many hours into this project!
Also Thanks to Clary Harris and Public Works staff who have graciously been working to implement our feedback into the trail design!