The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department is undertaking a $6.2M project on the Shoal Creek corridor between 15th and 28th Streets, including portions of Pease Park.
Pease Park will see many improvements to its natural environment as a result of this project. Over 3,000 linear feet of creek bank will be stabilized, wastewater lines from the creek bed will be relocated, stormwater treatment will be installed for water quality, and trails will be improved along the sides of the creek. Finally, project designs have been updated to provide for a rain meadow to capture and retain stormwater runoff in Custer’s Meadow.
In order to promote safety and keep the public informed of the project, we encourage you to regularly check for projects updates on the Shoal Creek Restoration page. Additionally, below you’ll find important constructions impacts that were included in an email from the City:
• Portions of Pease Park may be closed during construction.
• Mobility along the Shoal Creek corridor (from the south end of Pease Park to Shoal Creek Blvd.) will be available, but portions of the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail will be temporarily rerouted. Once construction is completed in a section, it will reopen.
• Expect to see heavy equipment operating along or in the creek. Work zones can be very noisy. Also, expect to see bare ground and landscaping being disturbed or moved.
• Orange construction fencing designates work areas. Park users are not permitted inside these areas.
Another exciting feature of this project is the inclusion of an sidewalk under West 24th Street along the east side of Shoal Creek which will soon bypass the increasingly busy Lamar Boulevard & 24th Street intersection.
These photos demonstrate what a finished bikeway underneath the 24th Street Bridge will look like. This will increase both safety and connectivity and we couldn't be more excited about its completion!