The master plan is to redevelop Edward Rendon Park at Festival Beach, Fiesta Gardens, and the Holly Power Plant Site. The decommissioned plant will provide an additional nine acres of park land. “It’s going to increase recreational opportunities, and it’s going to open up the area for pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle access,” Yanez said.
The long-term vision, planners say, is to improve and maintain the quality of life in that area. That’s important for families looking to the future. “They’re improving the shoreline,” said Lance Lambert, looking at his six-month-old baby girl, “and they’re creating more play space, specifically for children.”
The entire project could take up to 20 years. Planners say the rate of progress depends heavily on funding. Austin City Council will vote Thursday to approve an extra $7 million for the continued decommissioning of the plant. The extra money would help with engineering and also environmental concerns to make sure the land is ready for use as a park.