The name change more accurately reflects the organization’s role in protecting the trail, as it was formally recognized as the primary steward for the trail by the city of Austin in June.
The fortified name comes with new responsibilities, as the conservancy will now plant trees, implement trail edge maintenance and restore damaged parts of the ecosystem. It will also play a role in community engagement, offering volunteer opportunities and hosting live music events.
“The Trail Foundation has always been an incredible partner to the city of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department—and I know their commitment to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-And-Bike Trail will remain steadfast as they begin this new era as The Trail Conservancy,” said Kimberly McNeeley, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, in a press release. “We look forward to many years of continued collaboration on our shared goal to beautify and expand the trail.” 855-448-7245. www.thetrailconservancy.org
Katy joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2022 after graduating with a degree in journalism and certificate in Deaf studies from the University of Cincinnati in April 2022. She covers the neighborhoods of Hyde Park and Hancock, Windsor Park, West Austin/Tarrytown. Prior to CI, Katy served as the features editor for The News Record. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.