$15M Grant Brings New Life to Austin's Waterloo Park
AUSTIN, TX Just steps from the Texas State Capital, you'll find the 11-acre Waterloo Park. Once alive with activity while hosting popular festivals, such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and the Austin Ice Cream Festival, the park has mostly been off-limits in recent years while crews worked on an intake building for the Waller Creek tunnel.
However, thanks to a $15 million grant from The Moody Foundation, the park will soon be undergoing a dramatic transformation to become more accessible and inclusive. A park of the future. The generous grant will be used to add an amphitheater and great lawn that can accommodate up to 5,000 people. The revamped park will also include a mile and a half of trails, gardens and play spaces, among other features.
The changes at Waterloo Park are all part of a comprehensive effort to improve Waller Creek between the University of Texas campus and Lady Bird Lake. The Waller Creek Conservancy said the Waterloo Park improvements will start this year and should be complete by 2019.
Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, Waterloo Park will include a variety of spaces that reflect the landscapes of Austin, Texas, and Central Texas, including hill country gardens with oaks and native plantings, wetland spaces that create places for play and relaxation, expansive lawns for gathering and activities, and more than a mile and a half of trails within the park. At 11 acres, Waterloo Park is the largest park in the Waller Creek district. Located between 12th Street and 15th Street, the park will serve as the central gathering space for the Red River Cultural District, the emerging Innovation Zone, the Central Health Brackenridge redevelopment, and the Dell Medical School.
Thomas Phifer & Partners is the firm that was selected to design the Moody Amphitheater. It features an overhead structure that's part steel, part translucent.
The surrounding area is in the midst of a dramatic transformation. In addition to the planned improvements at Waterloo Park and elsewhere along Waller Creek, UT's new Dell Medical School is now open and talks are underway to redevelop the University Medical Center Brackenridge site once the hospital closes and relocates. The Red River Cultural District, home to a number of music venues, is nearby.
BIG RED DOG is providing engineering services for the ambitious Waller Creek project which will transform a dilapidated and lifeless creek into a vibrant urban waterway complemented by dynamic parks, bridges, and open and interactive spaces that engage the public. Once finished, it will be a world-class destination.