The City of Marble Falls will officially open the water front and parkland that has been improved as part of the Backbone Creek Bank Stabilization Project. The ribbon cutting will take place Tuesday, December 7 at 4:00 in the afternoon in Johnson Park. The public is invited to attend.
During the October 2018 flood event, the area along Backbone Creek saw significant damage and erosion. Shortly thereafter, the City met with representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to determine eligibility for the bank stabilization project as part of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP). The EWPP, through NRCS, is designed to address erosion issues after natural disasters. The grant was formally awarded by NRCS in May of 2020 and construction began in November of that same year. The total project cost was $8 million. The NRCS grant provided $4.69 million of the total project cost.
The project consists of eight (8) sights along the waterfront park system. Overall, approximately two acres were added to the park system through land acquisition; and, including areas previously undeveloped and inaccessible, over seven (7) acres have been improved and added to the City’s parkland index.
"The 2018 flood event had tremendous impacts across our City and area. To me, this project shows a silver lining and how our community can rebuild and be stronger and better than before. This project has been a dynamic and transformative project, given the tight grant timeline, the varying site conditions, and two more disaster declarations. The team, both internally and externally, worked tirelessly to make this project a success. I am thankful to all who worked on it and excited to see this space turned back over for public use!” – Kacey Paul P.E., CFM, City Engineer
“This project will have a significant impact on our community for generations to come. It provides protection from erosion to a majority of the City’s waterside parks and also helps armor the raw water intake, which is the source of water for the City.” – Mike Hodge, City Manger