The future of Waller Creek has been narrowed down to four.
The Waller Creek Conservancy unveiled the finalists of its international design competition Tuesday. Out of 31 submissions, which came in from all over the world, the four designs still standing are listed below.
• CMG and Public Architecture
This team’s vision is to create five major public spaces connected by a creek-side trail.
• Michael Van Valken Associates Thomas Phifer & Partners
This team’s vision is to create an open-air room out of live Oaks and a lattice of bridges spanning the creek's mouth.
• Turenscape + Lake/Flato Architects
This team wants to be the farmers who cultivate an urban oasis. Living walls, solar canopies and playscapes are all part of their vision.
• Ten Eyck Rogers Marvel Architects
This team envisions a mile-long boardwalk, described as, "a carved haven of healthy wilderness, where people and wildlife mingle."
Officials invite the public to take a closer look at them through the end of September. Public comments will help a panel of design and architecture professionals pick the ultimate winner.
"I'd like to extend an invitation to all Austinites to help us build a great, outdoor home for the city. There's a role for all of us to be a part of this," President of Waller Creek Conservancy Melba Whatley said.
The goal is to create a hub for the public to enjoy.
"This will be not only a park, but also a waterway, a place people will live, go to restaurants, enjoy concerts, shop, have lots of multiple activities, go to football games, eat ice cream," Austin Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole said.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the Waller Creek Tunnel which makes all the proposed development possible.
Public input ends Sept. 30. The winning design will be revealed Oct. 18. Then, city council will decide when to move forward with construction.
The whole project is expected to be completed in five to 10 years.