AUSTIN (KXAN) - Thursday, the Trail Foundation is closer to its $5 million goal for a new project called "The Boardwalk."
H-E-B donated $250,000 to the foundation that focuses on improving the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.
Austin City Council will vote later this month to authorize the contract for the new project. Once passed, a new modern trail would extend out into the waters of Lady Bird Lake between South Congress Avenue and Lakeshore Park.
The project will bring the trail around the lakeshore full circle.
"There will be $3 million toward the trail completion project, also known as The Boardwalk," said Susan Rankin, spokeswoman for the Trail Foundation, "and another $2 million for other vital trail enhancements."
"I think it's great, I think that would be fabulous," said a woman out for a stroll along the lake.
The foundation hopes to break ground in September. The Boardwalk project is expected to take 18 months to complete.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.