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South Central Waterfront Initiative Wants You

Austin Chronicle

Date: 9/2/2015 8:19:00 PM

From now until the end of the year, the city of Austin’s South Central Waterfront Initiative will be formulating a master plan for the 97-acres given the name: The waterfront is bounded by South First on the west, Blunn Creek to the east, Lady Bird Lake

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A Tree Dies in Texas — And Is Brought Back to Life by Art

Patheos

Date: 9/1/2015 7:24:00 AM

That’s what was running through my head as I took in the beautiful, thoughtful Ghost Tree hovering over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, a couple of years ago. Placed there by a group called Women & Their Work as a temporary art installation called

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Home of the Day: Live the Downtown Lifestyle

The Business Journal

Date: 9/1/2015 1:14:00 AM

The Spring Tower is an Austin Icon with it's beauty and amenities such as outdoor pool, fitness room, common area gathering places and meeting room. Lady Bird Lake is right out the door for running, walking or just enjoying the solitude of the lake

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A Tree Dies in Texas — And Is Brought Back to Life by Art

Patheos

Date: 9/1/2015 1:05:00 AM

That’s what was running through my head as I took in the beautiful, thoughtful Ghost Tree hovering over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, a couple of years ago. Placed there by a group called Women & Their Work as a temporary art installation called

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A Tree Dies in Texas — And Is Brought Back to Life by Art

Patheos

Date: 9/1/2015 1:00:00 AM

That’s what was running through my head as I took in the beautiful, thoughtful Ghost Tree hovering over Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas, a couple of years ago. Placed there by a group called Women & Their Work as a temporary art installation called

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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 (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rollb), 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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