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Discover the Winkler Family Wetland Terrace at Waterloo Park

Construction continues in the southeast corner of Waterloo Park, at the intersection of 12th and Red River Streets, where future park-goers will be able to access the 1.5-mile trail system that runs along Waller Creek and connects to Lady Bird Lake.

Not only will this area of the park serve as the trailhead to a restored Waterloo Greenway, but it will also feature the Winkler Family Wetland Terrace, a welcoming gathering space where people can go for a pleasant stroll, unwind, and take in scenic views of Waller Creek. This will be the closest point park-goers can get to the creek in all of Waterloo Park.

In the coming weeks, pavers and an outward-facing circular bench will be installed around a 150-year-old heritage oak tree that was transplanted from its original location just down the block between the Austin Symphony Orchestra offices and Symphony Square. This new seating area was designed to protect the tree’s root ball while providing yet another unique space for people to catch some shade and connect with nature and one another in Waterloo Park. Additionally, the densely planted wetland will be surrounded by a limestone wall where people can kick back, relax, and relish the sights and sounds of Waller Creek.

Just west of the wetland is the Waller Creek Tunnel Inlet Facility. Operated by the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, this facility removes more than 28 acres of downtown from the floodplain, keeps people safe from flash flooding, and protects dozens of structures and roadways. It also helps ease bank erosion during wet times and gently pumps water from Lady Bird Lake back into the creek during drier periods.