AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Downtown Austin Alliance has partnered with the city's Public Works Department to give a fresh new look to Congress Avenue.
With the help of local landscape architect Eleanor McKinney, the DAA has designed and installed a new palate of plants down the busy Austin avenue over the past few months.
The DAA took many things into consideration to ensure the long-term health of the plants. It replaced the 25-year-old soil and chose plants that were water-wise and tolerant of the Texas heat.
It also partnered with SunGrow Landscape to provide long-term care for the plants and plans to use recycled water for this project .
Here's a quick look at what it took to bring new life to Congress Avenue:
- 44 pots donated to the city as a gift for Texas' 150th anniversary celebration
- 484 new plants to fill those pots
- 540 hours of labor
- 65 tons of old soil removed, with the same amount of new soil being installed
- 3.5 months to complete the project from concept to design, bidding, permitting and installation
In a 2010 Congress Avenue Vision Report , more than 120 members of the community said they wished to make Congress Avenue one of the "greatest streets in the world."
And that vision is exactly what prompted the DAA to pursue this project.
"We are thrilled to have completed yet another project on Congress Avenue that will move us closer to greatness on The Main Street of Texas," said Daniel Woodroffe, chair of the DAA's Congress Avenue committee.
"As projects such as this, the Congress Avenue lights, additional shopping and sidewalk dining, and others are implemented, we get that much closer to achieving the community's vision for excellence on this street."
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