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The best Austin parks and gardens

Time Out

Date: 3/18/2018 3:23:00 PM

Located in the heart of Austin with 351 acres along the banks of Lady Bird Lake, Zilker Park is the place that captures the spirit of the city. Not only does it host some of our most popular outdoor festivals and concerts (think ACL, Blues on the Green

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Deep Eddy Pool closing for annual spring cleaning


Date: 3/16/2018 3:12:00 PM

Bartholomew, Stacy and Springwoods pools will be open during the closure for diehard Deep Eddy Pool fans looking for a temporary alternative. Deep Eddy is located at 400 Deep Eddy Ave. - just west of MoPac Expressway, along Lady Bird Lake

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Dispatch from SXSW: Brooklyn Grub Comes To Austin

The Federalist

Date: 3/14/2018 11:58:00 AM

Connected to the city’s Convention Center, where SXSW is officially housed, by an elevated, winding, modernist concrete bridge, it towers over Cezar Chavez just West of I-35 and not far North of Lady Bird Lake. Across the street from the bright blue

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Five Venues We'd Like To See Host NCAA Outdoors In 2019-2020


Date: 3/14/2018 9:43:00 AM

Nearby Lady Bird Lake is a 10-mile trail mecca for distance runners, coaches, and fans alike. With the world's best barbecue, breakfast tacos, and rooftop bars, there's plenty for spectators to enjoy — and trust there will be plenty of spectators

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What to Eat, See and Hear in Austin

Furniture Today

Date: 3/13/2018 7:10:00 PM

The Texas State Capitol, opened in 1888 and is within walking distance of the conference, as is the 10-mile Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail. Also nearby is the Congress Avenue Bridge, home to one of the more unusual nightly traditions in the U.S. Every

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• River: Colorado River (Texas)
• Surface Area: 416 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 18 feet
Lady Bird Lake, an artificial lake on the Colorado River, stretches more than five miles through the south side of Austin in Travis County (centered at 30°15' N, 97°43' W). Named Town Lake, it was formed in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the city of Austin in cooperation with the Lower Colorado River Authority. The surface area of the lake is 416 acres, and it is used primarily for flood control and recreation. Development near the lake has caused much outcry among those who believe that the area should be left as a "green belt" as originally planned. Located on the lake's shoreline are hotels and apartments, in addition to various civic and recreational buildings and parks, including the municipal auditorium and the Aqua Festival grounds. Auditorium Shores, a scenic part of the south riverbank, was designated a part of the city's beautification plans. The park features gardens, picnic grounds, and a hike and bike trail along the lake. After the death of former First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson, Austin changed the name from Town Lake to Lady Bird Lake in her honor.

"LADY BIRD LAKE," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed June 25, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on January 31, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Good bank access to Lady Bird Lake is available at Auditorium Shores and Festival Beach Park. Shoreline access is also available at Red Bud Island in the upper end of the reservoir near Tom Miller Dam. The Austin hike and bike trail circles almost the entire lower two thirds of the reservoir offering access to the bank. Unimproved boat ramps are located on the north shore at Festival Beach and behind the Holiday Inn Hotel west of I-35. One additional ramp for boats that can be carried is located across Stephen F. Austin Street from Austin High School.


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