AM Update: Boardwalk Groundbreaking, State Budget Lesson, Ice Cream Festival
City to Break Ground on Boardwalk
The project will close a 1.1-mile gap in the trail. The boardwalk will be over land and over the lake. Construction could be done by early 2014.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell, city officials and Trail Foundation officials will take part in today's groundbreaking. The ceremony will take place at International Shores Park near the trail. The Austin Fire Department will shoot off celebratory water cannons at the park to commemorate the project’s launch.
State Budget Leaders to Receive Financial Review
According to the Associated Press:
Associate Deputy Comptroller Mike Reissig was scheduled Friday to testify before the Legislative Budget Board. He's expected to give House Speaker Joe Straus and others on the 10-member board an economic update and revenue estimates for the current fiscal year. Earlier this year, Legislative Budget Board director Jim O'Brien told lawmakers the state had raised $1.6 billion more in revenues because of an improving economy.
The Texas Legislature goes back into session in January.
You Scream, I Scream for the the Austin Ice Cream Festival
The 6th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival will take place Saturday in Fiesta Gardens.
The festival includes frozen dessert-centered games, entertainment and contests. Participants can choose to compete in a homemade ice cream making contest, popsicle-stick sculpture contest or an ice cream eating contest.
Free ice cream is included with a $10 admission fee. Children 8-years-old or younger get in free.