Waller Creek – Creek Corridor Framework Plan
The Waller Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Watershed Protection Department, is developing a chain of parks around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin. Running from Waterloo Park 15th Street to Lady Bird Lake, the new Waller Creek parks district will include more than 37 acres of newly designed and connected urban parks and public open space, and more than three miles of new hike and bike trails.
A Framework Plan is a planning tool that prioritizes strategic thinking over the more prescriptive and programmatic approach of a traditional Master Plan. The recommendations and guidelines of this plan are tailored to analytic and technical criteria in order to find “footholds” for working within the dynamic complexity of the creek environment.
As project manager for the capital improvement projects for Waller Creek, we worked with the entire team managing the agreements, scheduling work flow, coordinating cost estimates and establishing budgets.
Benz Resource Group was the quiet force guiding the extensive design and consultant team for the Waller Creek Corridor Framework Plan, clarifying responsibilities, defining deliverables, and ensuring that the project stayed on schedule. Susan and her team make complex projects and collaborative problem solving a smooth and effective process in which everyone feels heard. Benz Resource Group is a true partner, owning all aspects of the project and creatively navigating projects to the best possible outcomes.Peter Mullan, CEO, Waller Creek Conservancy