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A Second Linear Urban Creek Redevelopment for Central Texas

San Antonio is making plans to redevelop an under-utilized urban creek of their own. The San Pedro Creek is currently known as a narrow waterway that passes in between commercial buildings in a highly urbanized setting. The creek is underutilized and in some places unsafe; however, the San Antonio River Authority is spearheading a project […]

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A turning point for Waller Creek

June 20, 2013 will be remembered as a great day for Waller Creek. Yesterday, in a unanimous vote, Austin City Council approved MVVA’s extraordinary design plan that envisions 5 parks, 2 trails, and restored creek space. Council also authorized the negotiation and execution of the joint development agreement, solidifying an historic public-private partnership between the […]

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What’s going on in Waterloo…

If you have walked by Waterloo Park, you have probably wondered about the progress of the Waller Creek Tunnel as well as what will happen when all of this construction finishes. You might also have asked yourself recently, “what has the Waller Creek Conservancy been up to since the design competition ended?” These two questions […]

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Austin Under 40!

This week we were thrilled, but not surprised, to hear dwg. (Daniel Woodroffe Group) founder Daniel Woodroffe named the winner in Architecture, Engineering and Design at the 15th annual “Austin Under 40” awards. When MVVA submitted their Stage II qualifications, they wrote of dwg., “based in Austin and licensed to practice in Texas, dwg. is […]

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John Spong on the Palm Park Picnic

If you’ve been to our website recently you will have noticed a new and exciting addition to our homepage: the Palm Park Picnic. Who better to talk about the event and how it fits into the conservancy’s mission than John Spong: Texas Monthly Senior Editor and husband to Waller Creek Conservancy board member and picnic chair […]

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Cleaning Waller Creek

Last Saturday, the conservancy worked with the Texas Spirits for their Spring Recruitment effort. Spirits and prospective Spirits came out to help clean Waller Creek and Palm Park, giving up their Saturday to beautify Austin. We were impressed by their enthusiasm and energy, committing themselves to a morning of hard work. The result? Just look at one […]

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Passion about parks

Last week, Melba Whatley was profiled in Culture Map Magazine’s series, “The Influentials” which features “the people who help to shape the City of Austin.” We were proud to see Melba get some well-deserved accolades for her signature glasses, wit, and hard work at the conservancy. Melba reminded us once again of the importance of creating […]

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Processing to Waller

If you were walking on UT campus during the early afternoon of January 13, you might have laid witness to a rare and exciting sight: the procession of the monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery of Atlanta to Waller Creek. Having just dismantled a sand mandala they had been creating since the 9th, the monks […]

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Summers to come

This week, Texas Architect Magazine interviewed Michael Van Valkenburgh on being the selected team in Design Waller Creek: A Competition. When asked to describe a successful element of a similar project to Waller Creek, Michael answered: “Right off the bat, the stone wall in Teardrop Park in New York City comes to mind. It is certainly a […]

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2012

Thanks to you, 2012 has been a remarkable year for the Waller Creek Conservancy. We are so grateful to the many Austinites who have donated, attended events, followed the design competition, submitted feedback, volunteered, and advocated for us this year. To name some highlights: Design Waller Creek: A Competition is complete; City Council unanimously affirmed […]

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