East Austin’s “Tejano Trails” as National Recreation Trail

September 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

September 6, 2012 –  East Cesar Chavez neighborhood – 1307 Haskell Street

City & East Austin Community Partner to Celebrate the Federal Designation of East Austin’s ‘Tejano Trails’ as National Recreation Trail

East Austin’s ‘Tejano Trails’ designated as National Recreation Trail

 A ribbon-cutting ceremony  & reception celebrating federal designation of the East Austin’s “Tejano Trails” as a National Recreation Trail system was held at the historic National Fish Hatchery pond (near the Rebekah Baines Johnson (RBJ) Tower,  1307 Haskell Street) in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.

Designation by the US Department of Interior creates more opportunities for the “Tejano Trails” to showcase a community dedicated to preserving its cultural history. These Austin trails highlight historic properties (residential/commercial/public) as well as local art commemorating Tejano music legends.  The two trails are the ‘Tejano Healthy Walking Trail’ and ‘Trail of Tejano Legends’.

Here is an audio montage featuring various guests and co-sponsors of the ‘Tejano Trails’.

Audio excerpts include

Trail of Tejano Legends – “Tenderly” monument honoring Ignacio “Nash” Hernandez, Sr. (monument by Connie Arismendi 2008)

‘Tejano Healthy Walking Trail’ through the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood. The trail and path guide booklet features historic sites along a 4.95 mile length. The trail celebrates the important cultural and historic assets of one of Austin’s oldest platted neighborhoods. (photos from ribbon cutting May 2010)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony of federal designation of the East Austin’s ‘Tejano Trails’ as a National Recreation Trail (September 6, 2012)

Lori Renteria provides background about the ‘Tejano Trails’, speaks about the role of volunteers and future plans for the trails.

Lori Renteria -Tejano Healthy Walking Trail Coordinator 

Click to download copy of Tejano Trail Guide Booklet

Amy Thompson & Cristina Valdes (left to right) hold the National Recreation Trail proclamation for the Tejano Walking Trails. Amy and Cristina are part of the East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Association a co-sponsor of the Tejano Trails.

Cristina Valdes – Chair of East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Association 

Amy Thompson – Local Historic Preservation Committee Chairperson ECC Team

Raul Alvarez (Exec. Dir. of ALMA) speaks of the ‘Trail of Tejano Legends’ and recognizes Johnny “JD” Degollado (conjunto accordianist/band leader/songwriter/music legend)

Raul Alvarez – Exec. Director, Austin Latino Music Assoc. (ALMA) & former City of Austin council member

Clarke Heidrick (Board Chairma, Austin Geriatric Center) welcomes supporters of the Tejano Trails. Russ Whitlock (bottom left frame), is Superintendent of LBJ National Historic Park. Mr. Whitlock presented the proclamation for the National Recreation Trail.

Clarke Heidrick – Board Chairman, Austin Geriatric Center/RBJ Advisory Board).  The site of the ribbon-cutting (historic National Fish Hatchery Pond) will become a new park and destination point on the Tejano Trail.

Russ Whitlock – Superintendent, of LBJ National Historic Park/National Park Service representative

Russ Whitlock – Superintendent of LBJ National Historic Park/National Park Service representative

City of Austin Mayor – Lee Leffingwell

Eddie Rodriguez- State Representative from District 51, serving East Austin and Southeast Travis County

U.S. Congressman – Lloyd Doggett

U.S. Congressman – Lloyd Doggett

State Representative Dist. 51 – Eddie Rodriguez

City of Austin Mayor – Lee Leffingwell

Roy Montelongo Scenic Overlook on Trail of Tejano Legends. (“Estamos en Tejas” by Connie Arismendi 2008)

2012 – Tejano Trails Map by Molly O’Halloran ( mollyohalloran.com )

USA – National Recreation Trail

Vintage photos of the historic National Fish Hatchery and current remnants of the big stone pond. The site (formerly the grand entrance to the hatchery) is scheduled to be turned into a new park in the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood.

Aerial view of National Fish Hatchery. In 1940, the City of Austin procured and donated 30 acres of land to the US Fish Commission to raise fish for stocking ponds and lakes. The hatchery closed sometime in late 1960s. Part of the land now used by the RBJ Clinic and Senior Residential Center. The ribbon-cutting took place near the pond (dark circle). The bridge in photo is now IH-35 over Town Lake. CLICK TO GET LARGER VIEW OF PIX

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