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    Fundraising link for the Master Plan of Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt

    For those interested in supporting Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt, here is the link.

    Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt (aka Area51) is the 200+ acre area between 183 and Springdale, north of 51st St. The property was recently re-zoned as Parkland, but the city has no funds set aside to build any amenities right now. This fundraiser, along with a grant provided by the National Parks Service will be used to create a Master Plan to present to the city to help secure the funds to move forward. I'm not completely certain, but I believe a similar approach was used to begin development of Walnut Creek Park with assistance from the Austin Ridge Riders. The group involved in this project has been put in touch with ARR. Perhaps Charlie or Kent can update us on the conversations. With the Greenbelt status of the area there is potential for mountain bike trail infrastructure to be built here. Greenbelt status means there will be no major developments in the area, like baseball fields, basketball courts, etc. It will remain "green".

    Help support by donating, sharing the link on social media. The more support the project gets from mountain bike community the better chance we have at seeing trails being built in the area.
    Currently 3.0". With hard work and dedication I hope to see 2.8" maybe even 2.6"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBoyOnaDiet View Post
    For those interested in supporting Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt, here is the link.

    Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt (aka Area51) is the 200+ acre area between 183 and Springdale, north of 51st St. The property was recently re-zoned as Parkland, but the city has no funds set aside to build any amenities right now. This fundraiser, along with a grant provided by the National Parks Service will be used to create a Master Plan to present to the city to help secure the funds to move forward. I'm not completely certain, but I believe a similar approach was used to begin development of Walnut Creek Park with assistance from the Austin Ridge Riders. The group involved in this project has been put in touch with ARR. Perhaps Charlie or Kent can update us on the conversations. With the Greenbelt status of the area there is potential for mountain bike trail infrastructure to be built here. Greenbelt status means there will be no major developments in the area, like baseball fields, basketball courts, etc. It will remain "green".

    Help support by donating, sharing the link on social media. The more support the project gets from mountain bike community the better chance we have at seeing trails being built in the area.
    Wow, I live right down the street and have been wondering when they are gonna develop that stretch of green space as they've been rapidly hacking away everything west of that area off 51st. I have explored that terrain back there and agree it would be great terrain for some trail building.

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    The city that has jacked up prop values insanely and is raking it in like no other city in the u.s. needs to have a fundraiser to afford a masterplan that may or may not amount to squat and will take 30 yrs to implement? Sure trails would be nice but,... cry me a river.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    The city that has jacked up prop values insanely and is raking it in like no other city in the u.s. needs to have a fundraiser to afford a masterplan that may or may not amount to squat and will take 30 yrs to implement? Sure trails would be nice but,... cry me a river.
    I can think of a few trails that could use some money/love other than the walnut network which seems to get most of the attention.
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    I've been mt biking there for several years. Mainly built out by and for dirtbikers, long before google maps etc. Deep ruts make it challenging on bike or foot, not always the interesting sort of challenging. A few good technical drops and steep climbs. Great potential for a collaboration between the city and Austin Ridge Riders. Good variety of terrain. Needs trail infrastructure for creek crossings and erosion control. And a big clean-up effort for all the junk dumped in the woods.

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    Parks and Rec has mentioned in the past that developing mountain biking trails in this new area might take some of the pressure off the trails at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. As I've mentioned before, Walnut Creek is being loved to death, and population density in the area has not come even close to peaking.

    The City should be putting maximum emphasis on developing a mountain bike trail, taking into account what makes WC so popular. Time to work on grant $$$$ for a master plan, by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers.
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    "This fundraiser, along with a grant provided by the National Parks Service will be used to create a Master Plan to present to the city."

    Why not use the money to actually do work at the park?
    City of Austin: We need to spend two years and 10,000 man hrs to do a masterplan. Then we can get more grant money to move ahead, if we do at all.

    I like the LCRA model. They actually get shit done. And quickly, relatively speaking.

    edit: sorry I shouldn't be so negative about this. progress is still awesome. It would be a good site to develop. I do agree with that, and connecting under the revamped hwy to the swct.
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    how many of the existing trails in Austin were funded and pre-approved by governmental entities?

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