Want a say in Austin’s expanding trail system?

George Cofer hikes a stretch of the Violet Crown Trail that opened in August 2015. Photo by Jay Janner / AAS

Want to learn about – and have a say in – new trails that are sprouting across Austin?

You’ve got two opportunities this week.

City officials and contractors will make a presentation about construction of the next segment of the Violet Crown Trail, which ultimately will stretch more than 30 miles from Zilker Park to Hays County, at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Hampton Branch Library, 5125 Convict Hill Road. This 4,000-foot portion of trail will start south of the library, cross under MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and continue to the intersection of Convict Hill Road at Brush Country. Maps will be available, and members of the Urban Trails Program and staff from SB Contractors will answer questions.

RELATED: First section of Violet Crown Trail opens to public

The Shoal Creek Trail winds under the West 9th Street bridge in downtown Austin. The Shoal Creek Conservancy and the city of Austin are partnering with community members to create a plan to improve, connect and extend the existing Shoal Creek Trail north past U.S. Hwy 183. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The second of three public meetings to discuss the Shoal Creek Trail is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Congregation Beth Israel, 3901 Shoal Creek Boulevard.

Members of the Shoal Creek Conservancy envision a continuous hike-and-bike trail that unspools from downtown Austin all the way to the Domain shopping, center north of U.S. Highway 183. Plans call for a number of improvements to the trail, which ultimately will span about 13 miles and link to the Northern Walnut Creek Trail, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, and the University of Texas. Community members are invited to learn more, view draft trail routes, and share their input at this Shoal Creek Trail: Vision to Action Plan community workshop.

For more information, go to the Conservancy’s website here or their Facebook page here, or call 512-474-2412.

RELATED: What will Shoal Creek Trail look like in the future?

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