Studio Gang to Lead Study for Austin’s Seaholm Waterfront

May 16, 2017

Austin Parks Foundation, The Trail Foundation, and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced the funding of a collaborative planning study for the future of Seaholm Waterfront, the historic Seaholm Intake structure and its surrounding parkland. Led by Studio Gang, the plan—which will rely heavily on public input via online platforms, stakeholder meetings, and public open houses—will serve as a roadmap for future park improvements and the repurposing of the decommissioned Seaholm Intake structures for public use and recreation.

Originally constructed in conjunction with the Seaholm Power Plant in the 1950s, the Seaholm Intake structure was decommissioned and dedicated as parkland when the power plant was no longer needed to provide power to the City of Austin. Today, the intake structure and parkland represent a unique opportunity to create a vibrant recreational and publicly-accessible destination. The study area will span between the Pfluger Bridge and Shoal Creek, and from the lake’s edge to Cesar Chavez.

“We’re excited to help unlock the potential of this historic building, nested in an incredible system of parks and trails, along one of the great downtown waterfronts in the United States” says Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism at Studio Gang. “We’re looking forward to working in partnership with the city and its citizens to activate this important public asset.”

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