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Downtown Austin parks system Waterloo Greenway takes shape
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Waterloo Park, an 11-acre component of the forthcoming Waterloo Greenway park system, will open this spring.

Waterloo Greenway, an urban park system that runs 1.5 miles along Waller Creek from 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake, will soon make its debut.


The first phase—Waterloo Park, an 11-acre park bordered by East 15th, Red River, East 12th and Trinity streets—broke ground in 2017 and will open this spring.

The 10-year, 35-acre project is the result of a public-private partnership between the city of Austin and local nonprofit Waterloo Greenway Conservancy. Its estimated total cost is $250 million, of which approximately $150 million the city committed through bond funding. The conservancy will raise the remaining $100 million from donors and grants.

CEO Peter Mullan previously served as executive Vice President of Friends of the High Line—a nonprofit that founded, funds and oversees the High Line public park in Manhattan.

The second phase will be an overhaul of the Creek Delta portion, which includes nine acres between Lady Bird Lake and 4th Street. It is currently in the design phase and is expected to be completed in 2023.

The last phase includes the middle section of the park system, from 4th to 11th streets, as well as Palm Park, which abuts the Fairmont Austin hotel and the I-35 frontage road, and Pontoon Bridge, which crosses Lady Bird Lake. It will be completed in 2026.

The three-phase development process is under way and expected to be completed in 2026. (Waterloo Greenway)

Waterloo Greenway is named after the city's original name, Waterloo, according to the Austin History Center. It is also the name of a city in Belgium, combining "water" with the Flemish word "loo," which means "sacred wood."

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
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By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
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What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.