Hello! This project will stabilize approximately 3,000 linear feet of the Shoal Creek bank. In addition, it will relocate wastewater lines from the creek bed, provide stormwater treatment for water quality, and improve vegetation and trails along the sides of the creek. Led by the Watershed Protection Department, the project is a collaborative effort with Parks and Recreation, Public Works and community stakeholders. During this phase there will be several public meetings where design information will be presented for feedback from the community.
Join us for an open house on Wednesday, December 7th, at 7p, at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, room 325.
This project will make improvements to the Shoal Creek corridor from 15th Street to 28th Street, including areas through Pease Park, where there has been excessive creek bank erosion, trees are threatened, the soil is compacted, there are invasive plants and the water quality is poor. There are three aspects to the project:
Stream Restoration: will primarily use native materials, such as limestone boulders and vegetation, to repair the eroded streambanks. Click here to see renderings of streambank stabilization techniques that will be used throughout the project.
Stormwater Treatment: will include green infrastructure elements such as rain gardens and vegetated filter strips to remove pollution and enhance groundwater recharge to improve water quality. You can learn more about how rain gardens function and protect our water quality by watching this video
Riparian Zones: will be restored by removing invasive vegetation and re-establishing native streamside vegetation. Riparian zones refer to the land immediately adjacent to the creek.
The suite of improvements will be integrated with recreational uses in Pease Park. The goal is to retain park uses that do not degrade the landscape and allow for the proposed restoration projects. The design phase of the project began in July 2011 and is expected to continue through 2012.
The project is expected to begin construction in early summer 2013 and last for 12 months. Portions of Pease Park and the Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail from the south end of the park north to Shoal Creek Boulevard may be closed or rerouted during construction.
Budget for the project is $5,000,000, funded by the Drainage Utility Fee and the Urban Structural Control Fund.
You can learn more by visiting this web page.
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