Work on a new portion of the Violet Crown Trail connecting the Sunset Valley trail section to the section at William Cannon Drive will begin this summer.

Once the new section is complete, the Violet Crown Trail will run continuously from Zilker Park to the Circle C Ranch area in South Austin, near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Additional future projects are planned to extend the trail further south and into Hays County, with a goal of having about 30 miles of connected trails south of the Colorado River.

The new section of trail will also connect to the Garza Ranch mixed-use development at the corner of William Cannon Drive and MoPac. At the property, the trail will fork, with one section crossing under the MoPac near Ben Garza Lane and the second continuing south.

The city of Austin held a public meeting in January discussing the project with local residents.

Timeline: summer 2020-fall 2021

Funding: $3.25 million

Funding sources: Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, city of Austin, other sources