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Find boozy respite with some of Austin’s best brunch cocktails

Date: 5/24/2017 10:31:00 PM

I now live south of Lady Bird Lake, but any brunch at El Chile Restaurant Group’s four sit-down spots takes me back and reminds me to slow down and take it in. That’s partly because all El Chile restaurants — El Alma, El Sapo and Alcomar in addition

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5 things to do in Central Austin this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29

Date: 5/24/2017 3:38:00 PM

Sign up here. The event begins with a swim in Lady Bird Lake. Cyclists then head north to the Texas Capitol. The run course loops through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center before the finish and post-race party at Auditorium Shores. 6:45 a.m. (race

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For Many Austinites, City Parks Remain Out Of Reach


Date: 5/24/2017 10:51:00 AM

From the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake to Mount Bonnell, Austin is proud of its parks. But a new study ranking city parks around the country suggests that pride might not be fully justified. Austin ranked just 46 out of the 100 largest U.S. cities

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Wedding Bells Class of 2017

Harvard Crimson

Date: 5/22/2017 8:34:00 PM

Pfeiffer traveled to Boston a few times a semester, or Hewett traveled to Austin. In Austin, they kayaked on Lady Bird Lake and ate pizza at Home Slice. In Boston, they strolled through the Common and visited the Museum of Fine Arts. “Whenever we were

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Austin real estate tech startup connects agents to buyers

Date: 5/21/2017 8:38:00 AM

"It's a lot like or eHarmony for agents and consumers," explained Opcity CEO Ben Rubenstein during a tour of the office overlooking Lady Bird Lake. It's a space they recently moved into and will likely out grow. Rubenstein is looking to hire 200

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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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