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Great cities have great parks—places where people can stroll and picnic and enjoy the beautiful Austin weather. We’re collaborating with a number of partners to develop a connected urban greenbelt that wends its way between major and smaller parks, creating a walkable and accessible park system for everyone.

When this project is complete, pedestrians and bikers will be able to move through Shoal Creek, Waller Creek, Lady Bird Lake, Pease Park, Waterloo Park and the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail seamlessly. This project will also tie together Wooldridge, Republic and Brush Squares along with creating pocket parks on Congress Avenue.

We are collaborating with an unprecedented number of organizations to build this urban greenbelt, including Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Waller Creek Conservancy, Shoal Creek Conservancy, The Trail Foundation, Pease Park Conservancy, Friends of Wooldridge Square, and Austin Parks Foundation.

Republic Square

Republic Square is an active, urban green space grounded in rich history that traces back to the birth of our city. The newly renovated square is a place unlike anything else.

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Cypress & Shoal

The Downtown Austin Alliance is partnering with the Shoal Creek Conservancy to enhance the Cypress + Shoal gateway—a key connection between the heart of downtown and the emerging Seaholm District.

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Brush Square

Brush Square is one of three remaining public squares from the 1839 Waller Plan for Austin. Brush Square serves as the home to the Susanna Dickinson Museum, the O. Henry Museum, the Austin Fire Museum, and Austin Fire Station #1.

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Future of Downtown Parks Lunch

Our first-annual Austin's Urban Greenbelt event brought together groups who are actively engaged in creating a five-mile network of parks and natural areas connecting downtown Austin. Never before have so many organizations come together to create a movement to enhance existing parks and create new public spaces.

Signature Events

Parks Press

Visionary new plan transforms downtown Austin into urban greenbelt

Expect downtown Austin to look a lot greener in the future. On October 31, a coalition of local organizations unveiled its vision to create an urban greenbelt in downtown Austin.


New plan would connect green spaces in Downtown Austin

A new vision for Downtown Austin wants to turn the urban landscape into a web of connected green spaces.


Republic Square Park was Party for the Parks perfect

Republic Square Park had served many purposes before it became the magical setting for Party for the Parks, which benefits the Austin Parks Foundation.


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