After 10 years of being closed to the public, the formerly flood-prone Waterloo Park east of the state Capitol is set to reopen.
The Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, the nonprofit that operates the park, says the 11-acre park will be open sometime this August. Officials did not release an exact opening date.
The park was closed in 2011 to allow the city to build a $164 million flood-control intake tunnel underneath Waller Creek. Beginning at Waterloo Park and stretching down to Lady Bird Lake, that tunnel raised some 30-acres prime downtown real estate out of the floodplain.
The opening of Waterloo Park marks the completion of the first phase of Waterloo Greenway’s 35-acre connected park system along Waller Creek.
While the tunnel was being built, the Waterloo Greenway Conservancy was busy designing and building the park and its range of sleek amenities including the Moody Amphitheater, a 5,000-seat outdoor concert. Designed by architects Thomas Phifer & Partners, the amphitheater features a sleek roof of overlapping layers of steel beams.
The 200-seat Lebermann Plaza performance space is designed for smaller shows.
Concert promoters C3 Presents and Live Nation will manage concerts at the Moody Amphitheater.
Conservancy officials said that through a lottery, 100 free tickets to every concert will be made available through a lottery. Lottery sign-up details will be released later in the summer.
A slate of free community is planned:
- September-November: Lebermann Plaza Concert Series, a monthly performance featuring free live music at the limestone-lined, 200-seat-capacity outdoor theater.
- October: Día de Los Muertos Festival, Day of the Dead festival featuring free live performances and music, a community altar .
- October: Asleep at the Wheel Reunion, featuring the Grammy Award-winning band with Austin roots, who will unite for a 50th anniversary performance at Waterloo Park. The event will include low-cost ticket options.
- November: Creek Show 2021, Waterloo Greenway’s free seventh-annual light-based art installation show featuring local artists.