Ribbon Cutting: Waller Creek Boathouse Opens in Central AustinMay 17, 2012 - 1,941 views
On May 3rd, 2012, the new Waller Creek Boathouse on the shores of Ladybird Lake made its debut with an inaugural ribbon-cutting by members of Austin City Council. Rowers and lake-lovers from Avery Ranch to Olympic Heights showed up in droves to mark the occasion. “We are excited to invite the citizens of Austin to come visit this remarkable new public amenity,” spoke Mayor Lee Leffingwell on that bright and steamy May morning.
Where only a private club once stood stands the new Waller Creek Boathouse, a public facility that gives back to the Austin community. The Austin Rowing Club, soon to be demolished next door, will store boats on the lower-level of the new Boathouse and will have direct lake access and beautiful, brand-new docks.
“We have designed a public clubhouse on the second level of the facility,” writes GSC Architects, which provided both the architectural and interior design. “The facility also has an expansive public outdoor viewing deck that highlights the focal point of the overall design— an uninterrupted view of Lake Austin.”
Sustainably built and designed to reflect the inside hull of a boat, the lakeside façade of this elegant arching structure of wood and steel opens to take advantage of natural southern light. It stands on the north bank of Ladybird Lake between two well-known Austin landmarks: the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) and the Four Seasons Hotel.
A 10,800-square-feet facility, the Boathouse was constructed on the land of two former Parks and Recreation Department Facilities as part of the Waller Creek Tunnel Project. The project, modeled after the San Antonio River Walk, will take three years to complete, and will run west of I-35 between 4th and 5th Streets.
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