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This weekend during PBS NewsHour we take a look into the new Boardwalk that is opening right on Austin’s very own Lady Bird Lake. The call to action was made by The Trail Foundation in 2007. The first task they had to overcome was funding, which they partially achieved with the 2010 mobility bond package. The Trail Foundation then committed $3 million in private funds in order to match the public money that was put into it.
The hard work and effort that was put into the boardwalk is very visible as Marty Stump, Project Management Supervisor for the City of Austin, proudly boasts about during his interview.
“It is really the result of a lot of people working over a long, long time, and obviously the construction nearing completion is very exciting for the department,” Stump states. “And, I know a lot of the trail users are anxious to get on the trail.”
The Trail Foundation speaks highly about the hope for an “increased distribution” that the Boardwalk will allow for trail users. Susan Rankin, the Executive Director of The Trail Foundation, shows how pleased she is with the finished product.
“It is really different to be out over the water… it is totally different than the experience of walking or running on the trail,” Rankin attests. “It’s going to be a beautiful, beautiful destination.”
The opening of the new Boardwalk is occurring on June 7, 2014. It will start at 10am and includes entertainment, music and a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a festive march across the Boardwalk itself.
This story airs on KLRU Saturday, May 24, 2014 during PBS NewsHour Weekend.