Proposed Violet Crown Trail moves ahead despite shakeups

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Imagine a full 30 miles of all-new trail in South Austin.

The proposed Violet Crown Trail would allow you to hike, bike or jog from Zilker Park southward to Dick Nichols Park on Davis Lane, through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and all the way into Hays County.

But a trail this big doesn’t come easily.

“To build the Violet Crown Trail, it will take a 24 by 7 fundraising effort,” said George Cofer, executive director of the Hill Country Conservancy, the nonprofit group shouldering the massive project.

“It will allow citizens, for the first time, to walk and/or bike to places like the Veloway and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center,” Cofer said.

Starting in the Barton Creek Greenbelt and extending southward, the proposed trail would ‘connect the green dots’ of parkland south of the center of Austin.

But fundraising efforts recently became more difficult when three of seven staffers at the nonprofit left. Now a man wearing many hats, Cofer says the extra effort is worth every inch.

“We want to provide more trails for people in Central Texas to use and enjoy,” Cofer said.

The nonprofit was hesitant to release details of their fundraising progress until a report comes out in a few weeks. Construction on the first segment of trail – connecting Zilker Park to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – should begin in several months and wrap up by the end of next year.

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