New Domain in Cedar Park: Exploring the Newly Approved Path in Bell District

Cedar Park is set to enhance its community infrastructure with the introduction of a significant new development in the Bell District. On February 22, the Cedar Park City Council approved a $360,000 contract for the design of the Bell District shared-use path (SUP), signaling a major step forward in urban connectivity and community planning.

The new SUP project aims to bridge the gap between existing paths, extending approximately 4,000 linear feet from the west side of Bell Boulevard to the east side of the 183A Toll. This connection will not only link the Bell District to the 183A Toll SUP but also to the popular Brushy Creek Regional Trail, creating a seamless pathway for both pedestrians and cyclists. The inclusion of a pedestrian crossing at the Capital Metro Railroad is an additional feature that underscores the city’s commitment to safe and accessible transit options.

Chris Brickey, the Capital Projects Manager, outlined during the city council meeting that the design and construction of this new path are financed through the city’s 2022 bond program. While the specifics of the construction timeline remain under wraps, the anticipation around this project grows as residents look forward to improved mobility and new recreational opportunities.

In addition to the SUP, Cedar Park officials are also focusing on cultural development south of the Bell District at 201 Buttercup Creek Blvd. Here, plans are underway for a proposed arts collective project that promises to become a cornerstone for community engagement and artistic expression. The envisioned facility would house a theater, a gallery, three adaptable art classrooms, and a rentable multipurpose room, complemented by both indoor and outdoor gathering spaces.

This arts collective aims to serve as a dynamic community hub where visitors can immerse themselves in a diverse range of visual, multimedia, and performing arts. The preliminary plans indicate a facility designed to support a myriad of artistic endeavors, providing spaces that adapt to various creative needs and events. Cedar Park residents are invited to participate actively in shaping this project, with city officials seeking input to guide the design, programming, and operational model of the space.

Community feedback sessions are critical to this process, and residents have opportunities to voice their opinions and suggestions at the upcoming Art Collective open houses. These sessions are scheduled for February 29 from 6-8 p.m. and March 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Cedar Park City Hall. Additionally, the city is collecting insights through surveys available until March 3, ensuring that the community’s voice is heard and integrated into the planning stages.

The development of both the shared-use path and the arts collective project in Cedar Park reflects a broader initiative to enhance the city’s infrastructure and cultural landscape. By fostering greater connectivity and supporting the arts, Cedar Park not only enriches its community offerings but also sets a precedent for thoughtful urban development and cultural enrichment.

Planning your visit to Cedar Park or looking for more insights on local developments? Call or Text Brendan Sanford today at (512) 696-0673, or email at [email protected].