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City looks for best way to connect Violet Crown Trail to Oak Hill

August 2, 2014

The City of Austin Urban Trails Program is seeking public feedback on a portion of the Violet Crown Trail stretching from Sunset Valley to William Cannon. An open house on the multipurpose urban trail was held Wednesday at the Hampton Branch Library.

Nadia Barrera, the Urban Trails program manager, said there are currently four options for the Oak Hill section of the trail, two of which require passing through private property and will be dependent on permission from the property owners before they may be presented.

“We’re looking at both sides of the creek—Williamson Creek—to get to Brush Country. We’re looking at an alignment that goes along Mopac and we’re looking at another alignment that may or may not start behind private property,” Barrera said. “There may be some—by the time that the open house happens in a week and a half—that might not be viable due to private property concerns.”

Barrera said one option is to build on city parkland.

“We’d have to meet all the existing codes and standards but it’s a viable option because we own it,” Barrera said. “We can build on our property.”

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