In an international design competition, The Waller Creek Conservancy invited leading international urban planners and landscape architects to develop a master plan to restore the creek to a functional, ecologically healthy state. The goal was to embrace this natural resource as a true Austin amenity.
Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates (MVVA) asked AES to provide ecological guidance to the design and ensure that proposed restoration and improvements were sustainable, ecologically appropriate, technically feasible, and contributed to the project’s many goals.
The ecological plan opens up the creek to the public by widening its path, stabilizing yet softening its streambanks, creating gradual slopes, and making the area more accessible. Wildlife, including birds, fish, turtles and other species, benefit from the diversity of restored native habitats.
The creek is being transformed from a chasm dividing the city into a uniting, citywide central park composed of a chain of parklands, linked by a central, multi-modal trail system. Recreational opportunities for Austin’s residents and visitors are abundant, and Austin’s civic treasures – from Lady Bird Lake to the Texas Capitol Grounds – are connected through the parkway.
- Master Planning
- Stream Restoration
- Formal Areas + Gathering Spaces
Design Competition and Master Plan