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Net-Zero Hero: George Cofer

Austin is green and we all want to keep it that way! As a community, we’re committed to reaching the target of Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which will ensure a safe, healthy, vibrant Austin for many years to come. Here’s the story of how one person can make a difference.

BEST OF AUSTIN: CITY LIFE

After 15 years of planning by the Hill Country Conservancy, the first 6 miles of the Violet Crown Trail—which starts along Highway 290 near Brodie Lane and heads north to Zilker Park—opened in August.

Violet Crown design underway

There is no Violet Crown Trail parking lot near the trail’s first phase, which opened in August. Hanna Cofer, director of events and communication with the Hill Country Conservancy, which helped develop the trail, said HCC did not buy land for parking.

TRAIL BLAZING: Get to know the City’s Newest Hiking Adventure

One of Austin’s most treasured natural gems has a brand new addition. After 15 years of planning by the Hill Country Conservancy, the first six miles of the Violet Crown Trail opened in August, thus extending the already-existing footpath that starts at Zilker Park and goes all the way down south to Brodie Lane.

Violet Crown Trail Opens

Austin’s newest trail system will make its debut Friday, Aug. 14, with the official opening of the first six miles of the Violet Crown Trail. When completed, the trail will extend 30 miles from Zilker Park into Hays County, passing through greenbelts, urban areas, and city-owned water quality protection lands.

Vote early, often for Violet Crown Trail in REI campaign

Vote early, and vote often.

That’s the message from supporters of the Violet Crown Trail, a trail that will ultimately span 30 miles from downtown Austin to Hays County. The first segment of the trail – a 6-mile stretch from Barton Springs to Sunset Valley – officially opens today.