Waterloo Park set to finish this summer; Creek Show to return in November

Creek Show, a lighted outdoor art installation featuring the work of local artists, will return in November. (Courtesy Roger Ho)
Creek Show, a lighted outdoor art installation featuring the work of local artists, will return in November. (Courtesy Roger Ho)

Creek Show, a lighted outdoor art installation featuring the work of local artists, will return in November. (Courtesy Roger Ho)

Local artists will once again feature their work in an outdoor installation that will light up downtown Austin. The annual Creek Show, which takes place in November, was canceled in 2020 due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

In the past, the installations have illuminated Waller Creek between Ninth and 12th streets in downtown Austin. But when the show returns this fall, it will take place at the new Waterloo Park, an 11-acre space just east of the Texas Capitol between 12th and 15th streets. The park, set to open this summer, has been under construction since 2017 and will include the 5,000-person capacity Moody Amphitheater.

Creek Show will take place from Nov. 12-21, and submissions are open for artists through March 26. Any artists who applied in 2020, when the show was canceled, are encouraged to resubmit their work, according the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that organizes the show and maintains the parks around Waller Creek.

Waterloo Park's opening represents the first phase of the larger Waterloo Greenway project, which aims to create a 1.5-mile park system encompassing 35 acres of connected space from 15th Street down to Lady Bird Lake. The $250 million project is a joint effort between the conservancy and the city of Austin, and the entire network of trails, bridges and green space is set to be complete by 2026.


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