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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    A bit of a hi-jack, but is there any action happening on the north section of the Multi-Use Path--from Balcones Park/MoPAC? Nothing happening on the part in Walnut Creek Park proper. The surveyors laid out the right of way, a bit of clearing was done, but nada in the last month or two. Wish they would just get it done. considering the recent history of this project, it makes me nervous when there is no visible progress.

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    I drive by a couple times a week on Park Bend Dr between Metric and Mopac and then onto Mopac service road. I havent seen any progress being made lately. I dunno what theyre waiting for....

    My brother lives in the neighborhood off Amherst and I live off Metric near WC, so we frequently ride in that area. He just told me today that there has been more concrete poured near Mopac. There is more orange safety netting than there was last week.

    I plan on riding through there and maybe snapping some pics over the next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stratosrally View Post
    My brother lives in the neighborhood off Amherst and I live off Metric near WC, so we frequently ride in that area. He just told me today that there has been more concrete poured near Mopac. There is more orange safety netting than there was last week.

    I plan on riding through there and maybe snapping some pics over the next week.
    I rode it last night, and there's some concrete and a good bit of clearing that has been done. You have to dismount to climb over the safety tape to get to the connecting trail to Balcones Park right now.

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    Buried in the City's website is a summary and current status of the project, as well as some contact info. The portion of the project which affects Walnut Creek Park looks to be the 'Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2'.

    http://austintexas.gov/article/walnu...k-trail-system

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    Buried in the City's website is a summary and current status of the project, as well as some contact info. The portion of the project which affects Walnut Creek Park looks to be the 'Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2'.

    http://austintexas.gov/article/walnu...k-trail-system

    There, don't say that all I do is go on about tortillas.
    Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 1 is the part that ends at the swimming pool. Phase 2 is still in design...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    Buried in the City's website is a summary and current status of the project, as well as some contact info. The portion of the project which affects Walnut Creek Park looks to be the 'Northern Walnut Creek Trail - Phase 2'.

    http://austintexas.gov/article/walnu...k-trail-system

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    I like how the photo at the top of the page shows paving equipment.

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    I got an email from the City's Project Manager today. He says they are 'surveying for layout' at the Walnut Creek end, but that they have started work from the other end, so it'll be six months before they get to the park itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAF View Post
    I got an email from the City's Project Manager today. He says they are 'surveying for layout' at the Walnut Creek end, but that they have started work from the other end, so it'll be six months before they get to the park itself.
    Thanks for the update. I hope no trees grow into heritage tree status while we're waiting for construction on our end.

    The closest public library for me is on Amherst, on the other side of MoPac. Actually, the library at Rundberg & Lamar may be a bit closer, but it is like a police station booking room with a lot of reading material available. That intersection is the epicenter of crime in Austin and a sign at the front door of the library tells patrons that their faces must be clearly visible -- no hoodies up or hats pulled down low. However, it is heavily used by the community in a good way, and deserves to be updated and enlarged, but right now it is a somewhat scary place. But, I digress.

    Once the path is in place, it will be a pleasant way to get to the other side of MoPac. I also want to check out the Balcones pool, which will be the beginning of the Multi Use Path. The Walnut Creek pool always has an unused lap lane available, but it is generally very crowded.
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    Balcones Park is a cool little place. Lots of trails running through and around it, hidden away picnic tables, and a decent pool. Quite a different neighborhood!

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    The latest plan is to reroute the section of trail from the Balcones Park parking lot along Amherst and then Scribe, basically bypassing Balcones Park. The project manager states “The existing natural earth trail will remain in place for continued use by bikers and hikers.” (the existing trail being the path cleared for the originally planned trail -parts of which are severely eroded and not for the casual rider or hiker). The local neighborhood associations have asked the City to look at keeping the trail in the park with switchbacks to avoid the steep (now eroded) slope. If you live in the area and want to know more, you may want to contact your neighborhood association rep.

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    If this option is used, where would the trail head be for the multi-use path?
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    [IMG]F:\Backup - Documents\Neighborhood\MNA\plan0.jpg[/IMG]
    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    If this option is used, where would the trail head be for the multi-use path?
    The trail head would still be in Balcones Park, but instead of riding through the park, the paved trail would follow Amherst and then you would ride on the street or new 5' sidewalk along Scribe until the ball fields where the 10' trail would start. This option is a poor compromise - the whole idea was to get bikes and peds off the roads - the neighborhood associations that adjoin the park are pushing an alternate plan. Which I would upload if I could figure out how to do a pdf. I'll try to post some exhibits that will hopefully explain.

    As an aside -I've been riding to Walnut via Balcones Park since 1994 and I'm not real wild about riding on so much concrete, but it will have some advantages and there are still plenty of side trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WatersPark1x9er View Post
    [IMG]F:\Backup - Documents\Neighborhood\MNA\plan0.jpg[/IMG]Which I would upload if I could figure out how to do a pdf. I'll try to post some exhibits that will hopefully explain.
    Please email it to me at albert at atariage dot com and I'll post it. It's absolutely retarded that the forum admin doesn't allow people to attach files to posts without having to buy a subscription.

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    I had to upload the file to my own server, as the forum wouldn't even let me attach a 2MB PDF. Glad I bought a subscription.

    Here it is:

    http://atariage.com/temp/BalconesPar...lternative.pdf

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    thanks for getting this on the website; I was thinking I would have to upload screen shots of each page to photobucket as a workaround...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WatersPark1x9er View Post
    thanks for getting this on the website; I was thinking I would have to upload screen shots of each page to photobucket as a workaround...
    Are there any scheduled meetings or other opportunities for public input? The neighborhood proposal looks much better than the street route to me.

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    The major problem I could foresee with the neighborhood preferred route is that, because Federal funds are being used, (I'm assuming) the entire project must be ADA compatible and how would that work with switchbacks? Nothing inherently wrong with switchbacks (grade reversals), but just getting the grade low enough in that short space could be a problem. CharDog?
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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    The major problem I could foresee with the neighborhood preferred route is that, because Federal funds are being used, (I'm assuming) the entire project must be ADA compatible and how would that work with switchbacks? Nothing inherently wrong with switchbacks (grade reversals), but just getting the grade low enough in that short space could be a problem. CharDog?
    This is one of the concepts we asked the City to look at - it meets ADA, the 25' radius is a bit tight, but similar geometrics are used at the Mopac intersections and we feel are justifiable since we are traversing a 30% grade. The other concepts are similar but slightly steeper. Another alternative is to go ahead with the sidewalk as the ADA route and build a non-ADA trail connection through the park. But why do that if the trail in the park work can be made ADA compliant by working with the topo and not against it? Plus there's no funding to do both. We've been told they have until June 2014 to spend the money. Plenty of time to revise the plans if they have the proper motivation. Cheers!

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    As far as public involvement, Walnut Crossing has a draft email to City Council on their website WXNA.org. Milwood NA - milwoodna.com will have something up by the end of the day. If you want to support the neighborhood's proposal, feel free to copy/edit and send. If you aren't a neighborhood resident, please take off the member info so we don't get accused of inflating our representation. In fact it may be good to show wider support beyond the neighborhood.

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    my cousin lives on Scribe. Im sending this pdf to him. I wouldnt be happy about having a proposed trail right in my front yard......

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    Here's the latest regarding the Balcones Park Connection. Public Works and Parks have agreed to redesign the main connection (10' concrete shared use path) through the park, but will proceed with the alternate ADA access along Scribe (5' sidewalk). This will hopefully keep most trail users in the Park as originally intended. Details for the redesign are forthcoming.

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