Is Lady Bird Lake for Sale?

RECEIVED Sun., July 20, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Is Lady Bird Lake for sale? It is, according to the billboard permanently set in Lady Bird Lake. For months, the For Sale sign has been and is on the south side (of course) of the lake, about 20 yards east (of course) of the I-35 bridge. The only way to see the eyesore is either by rowing on the lake or cruising on the underutilized north and east sides of the hike-and-bike trail. The signposts seem to actually be set in the lake, but they could be on the shore. The billboard sitting in Lady Bird Lake is an advertisement for the condos above the cliff, where the hike-and-bike trail should be.
    The hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake is an Austin gem. However, it is like a freeway in a Third World country: great when you are on it, but it doesn’t go anywhere. Our beloved trail is nonexistent in a major section of the south side of the lake. This causes most of the trail use on the west side and virtually none on the larger, east side of Lady Bird Lake. Unfortunately, instead of getting a trail in that location, we got a For Sale sign.
David Haun
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