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EMLK Hike and Bike Trail
Equity in Connectivity Hike and Bike
For Mayor Steve Adler
By People of East Austin – East of Airport
May 5, 2017
Goals, Assumptions, Objective
Current Status, Deficiencies and Opportunities
Organizations included in planning and scope
Solutions in Works – Eastlink/ Think-East
Little Walnut Creek Park
Morris Williams Golf Course
Red-Bluff Nature Preserve
Goal: Enablement not Entitlement
Assumptions: Transportation models influence economic models which in turn affect all other models in modern society*
Objective: Develop an “alternate” urban transportation model in EMLK area which facilitates cycling, walking and alternate** methods of transportation
Case for Consideration: For somebody who does not have an automobile, an alternate method of transportation or mass-transport is not a choice but a “right”.
As compared to West Austin East Side looks pretty bare – all neighborhoods should be within 1/ 4 mile walking distance of a park in the urban core
Current Mass Transit Status
Cap Metro Routes are East-West
There is not much way to move from North to South
Creates an opportunity of North South Transit using alternate modes.
Creates Opportunity for Companies like “Austin B cycle” to create a centers in “Mueller” and “Think East” and Connect them.
EMLK Planning Contact Team
District 1,3,9 CM offices
Austin Yellow Bike Project
Scope of Planning
Connects 4 schools
Connects 4 green spaces
Connects to Mueller
Connects to 3 swimming pool
Connects to Southern walnut Creek Trail to entire EMLK area.
Solutions in Works - Eastlink
Eastlink Plan already exists
We are complementing the “Eastlink” plan with EMLK bicycle route (shaded area)
We want to connect to business centers “Mueller” in the North and “Think East” in the South
We want to connect to “Little Walnut Creek Park” in the North and “Red Bluff” in the South
This area connects 3 districts (1, 3, 9)
Solutions in Works – Think-East
Think East Plan already exists
We are complementing the “Think-East” plan with EMLK bicycle route (shaded area)
Goal: Build Equity through a set of routes North to South for walking and bicycles.
1. Hike and bike trail in the map attached (not just do part of it but complete)
2. Little walnut-creek park
(in our plan since 2002)
3. Red-bluff nature reserve
4. Schools that are in the trail for connectivity purposes
5. Creation of “equity” through connectivity
Thanks Charlie Duncan/ Lynn Haas
Superimposing bicycle master plan on EMLK plan
Proposed Little Walnut Creek District Park Trail (Phase I)
It’s a 200 acres treasure for the entire east side
The trail connects a large section of east side to YMCA
Connects to Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Huge District Park that few know exists.
Big opportunity for our community!
Park and Trail Development were on the top of the CIP List
Southern Walnut Creek Trail
Proposed Red Bluff Nature Preserve
It’s a 90 acres treasure for the entire east side
The trail connects Hog Pen Neighborhood to a green space
Hog Penn Neighborhood
Proposed Morris Williams Trail (Phase I)
Connects several Distinct Neighborhoods to amenities at Mueller
Marlo Heights East
MLK BLVD – Route 183
Martin Luther King
Intersection of Springdale Rd. and MLK Jr. Blvd.
A comprehensive EMLK Hike and Bike Connectivity Plan through partnership between city and citizens.
Involvement of city departments
Utilization of bond funds
Enable Capital Metro and Austin B cycle to incorporate EMLK Hike and Bike Trail in their development maps
Work with Morris Williams Golf Course to create the intended path
Site and landscape plan for Little Walnut Creek Park and Red-bluff Nature reserve
Immediate Funding for landscape Architecture
Identify time-line and resources to complete planning and execution
Understand a basic “Equity” measurement base-line - Intended value vs. Actual value
Little Walnut Creek District Park Details
All this Proposed Little Walnut Creek District Park trail needs
Designated entrances at north (partially exists now) and south with 10-15 parking spaces
Gate to access the utility easement
Proposed Little Walnut Creek District Park trail Owned by the City of Austin
The City of Austin owns all these tracts considered Little Walnut Creek District Park
Travis CAD Map:
URBAN TRAIL MASTER PLAN - TIER I AND TIER II
City of Austin Parks
URBAN TRAIL MASTER PLAN PRIORITY
TIER I TIER II
0 0.75 1.5
Proposed Little Walnut Creek District Park trail seen on Parks Web
Morris Williams Golf Course Details
Intersection of Springdale Rd. and MLK Jr.. Blvd
Had Barbed Wire
MLK Jr. Blvd.
Directly across from the
Mueller Neighborhood on Manor Rd.
Aligns with East MLK Combined Neighborhood Plan Goals
East MLK Combined Neighborhood Plan Goals
Aligns with Pecan Springs/Springdale Hills Neighborhood Association (PSSNA) Goals
Within the PSSNA Boundaries
Aligns with Mueller Development Plan Goals
“Compatibility with Surrounding Neighborhoods: Development must maintain and enhance the quality of life in adjacent neighborhoods, providing complementary linkages, land uses and transportation patterns.”
Proposed Morris Williams trail Owned by the City of Austin
The precedent has been set at Hancock Golf Course
An extension of Mueller's Path’s connecting to the surrounding communities
Conditions of the Parks Department
The trail needs to be a firm, formal surface, not a nature or gravel trail
It needs to be ADA compliant
Given its condition, the low water crossing would need to be rebuilt or a new crossing would need to be provided.
Signage is a required item. Language about entering an active golf course, stay on the trail, curfew hours etc.
A split rail fence will be required along one side of the trail in a section near the water crossing to discourage cutting across the course
Part of the trail is proposed within an Electric and Water or Wastewater Easement. The easements may need to be amended to add the trail or if the Departments are agreeable MOU’s will be required.
The Parks Department will have maintenance responsibility for the trail, fence, and signage.
Morris William Golf Course Path
Fruit/nut tree saplings
City of Austin
Concrete Sidewalk (10' for 2700 lf) (within the park)
Crushed Granite Path (10' for 2700 lf)
60 foot span bridge over creek (includes engineering, permitting, inspection, project management and soft costs)
Sidewalk on MLK, Jr. Drive from Springdale Drive to path entrance.
30% Contigency - Applies to all City of Austin Project Costs
Project Total Cost
Red Bluff Nature Preserve Details
Hog Pen Neighborhood and Red-Bluff Nature Preserve
Red-Bluff Nature Preserve
Land Parcels and Proposed Trails
1. PARD (area inside black perimeter)
Thanks Charlie Duncan
Proposed Hike and Bike Trail Through Red Bluff Nature Preserve
Formally Connects Neighborhood to the Southern Walnut Creek Trail
La Loma Connectivity Project
La Loma Trail / Red Bluff Resolution (Passed):
By now you've probably heard of
http://www.mystatesman.com/entertainment/arts--theater/documentary-highlights-struggle-east-austin-students/3TCLF8cdp1IS4dZNhGFX0H/La Loma Trail. Individuals and students who use La Loma Trail to reach the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail or East Side Memorial High School are forced to do so in unsafe conditions. For decades now we have lacked a convenient crossing over the railroad tracks located just north of the East Boggy Creek Greenbelt.
Proposition 1, approved by voters in 2016, included $26 million for the Urban Trail Network, $27.5 million for Safe Routes to School, and $15 million for fatality reduction strategies. So I sponsored
http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=274870a resolution directing our City Manager to identify options and explore using general obligation bonds to fund connectivity improvements on La Loma Trail, including a safe crossing over the adjacent railroad tracks and connecting to the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail.
We also directed the City Manager to conduct a community-driven planning process regarding the preservation for public use of the Red Bluff Tract and return to Council within 120 days.
Safely connecting our neighborhoods to quality schools, parks, and open space by accessible and active transportation is not just a quality of life issue, but also an equity issue we must stay committed to achieving.
La Loma Video:
Source: Austin City Council, District 3 Representative Renteria’s newsletter
Mayor's Task Force on Institutional Racism (Passed):
The Task Force, led by Colette Pierce Burnette, President of Huston-Tillotson University and AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz, released its highly anticipated report on April 4th. The recommendations from the working groups tackled issues like criminal and civil justice, finance and industry, housing, and health.
On April 6th, City Council voted to direct the City Manager to review the recommendations and bring actionable items back to Council.
The transportation models developed for east side are mostly peace meal without a vision in mind. Kids do not go to school in a bicycle anymore – everybody takes a tank to do their grocery.
It has been proven that the biggest burden to African development is movement of goods between the countries.
4 schools are Ortega, Norman, Simms, Pecan Springs Elementary
3 Green Spaces – Little Walnut Creek Park, Morris Williams Golf Course, Givens Park, Red Bluff Nature Preserve
3 Swimming Pools – Bartholomew, Givens, Mueller
Opening the value of this
The transportation models developed for east side are mostly peace meal without a vision in mind. Kids do not go to