Project Information

The Parks and Recreation Department worked in partnership with C3 Presents, the organizer of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the Austin Parks Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Trail Foundation, and the Watershed Protection Department on a series of improvements to Vic Mathias Shores, bringing a renewed focus on this popular facility as a great urban park that will sustainable accommodate daily park users, community gatherings and become a more resilient park site. The result of these projects is a renovated public space with enhanced recreation opportunities including a renovated parking lot with additional parking spaces, improved vehicular circulation, electrical enhancements, new drinking fountain with chilled water, new restroom building, newly designed and developed off-leash area, realignment and expansion of the trail, new irrigation system and turfgrass throughout the park, rain gardens for bio-filtration, new tree plantings, and an enhanced riparian edge.
–Source Austin Parks and Recreation Department


Auditorium Shores Trailhead

Susan Rankin, Rachel Rountree, Susie Gray, Jeff Simecek & Ann Poe

Susan Rankin & Rachel Rountree, The Train Foundation with Susie Gray, Jeff Simecek & Ann Poe, Austin American-Statesman

A separate but parallel project was completed on the parking lot and associated support facilities for the parkland now known as Vic Mathias Shores. The project was funded through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant program; with City funding from Parkland Dedication fees and the 2006 and 2012 General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds as a funding match. A substantial donation from The Trail Foundation in partnership with Cirrus Logic, Craven Family Foundation and Statesman Cap10K. The scope of the work included an expansion of the parking lot, new restroom facility and associated utility upgrades, trail realignment and widening, new tree plantings, shoreline restoration, improved bicycle and pedestrian connectivity, exercise and stretching area enhancements, landscaping, lighting, drinking fountain station, site furnishings and new signage. This site now serves as a much improved gateway to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail.
–Source Austin Parks and Recreation Department


Vic Mathias Shores

Photo_Ribbon_Cutting_Vic_Mathias_Shores_09_25_15The late Vic Mathias of Austin, was a World War II veteran and a former longtime CEO of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Mathias served as the Chamber’s CEO from 1957 to 1983 and believed that Austin could thrive economically by protecting and highlighting its parks and natural spaces. Mathias helped pioneer Austin’s reputation for community events and festivals, and helped to develop Lady Bird Lake and the City’s crown jewel. In October of 2014, the City Council voted to rename the East Lawn of Auditorium Shores “Vic Mathias Shores” in honor of the work Mathias undertook to enhance Austin’s park spaces.
–Source Austin Parks and Recreation Department