Food trucks. Kayak parking. A coffee shop. Wifi hotspots. Concerts. Play spaces.
This is what might be coming to the abandoned Seaholm Intake building on Lady Bird Lake.
Wait. What’s the Seaholm Intake Building again?
Originally built to pump water for cooling into the nearby Seaholm Power Plant in the 1950s, the Seaholm Intake building fell out of use decades ago when the power plant was decommissioned. The building is an example of Art Deco design and is on the National Register of Historic Places. (You might recognize it as that big, gray building you pass by when you’re paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake).
Completely renovating the Seaholm Intake building will be a big project that will likely have to be funded and worked on in stages. The first step will be sharing the new plans (as well as the preferred option, as selected by the Austin Parks Foundation, The Trail Foundation, and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department) with our city’s boards and commissions (aka resident advisory groups). After that, the plan will go to City Council for approval.
As Katie Robillard (from the Austin Parks Foundation) explains, the ultimate goal is to create a truly public space that is open to all Austinites.