Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 23, 2014

I took a stroll on the new boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake recently, and boy oh boy …

The 1.4-mile stretch of pathway - about 60 percent over water and 40 percent over land - closes the gap that once forced trail users to detour onto Riverside Drive and across the Interstate 35 access lanes on the south side of the lake. The project cost about $28 million and was funded through voter-approved bonds, money from the Parks and Recreation Department and private donations collected by The Trail Foundation.

Here are my initial reactions. Look for a story next Monday:Wow. Wow. Wow.I need to get in a kayak and paddle underneath this thing!What a cool spot to watch rowing races.This is so much more pleasant than running the sidewalks of Riverside Drive, worried that I’m going to stumble and fall into oncoming traffic.The "wetlands" section of the boardwalk on the west side of the interstate feels about 100 miles away from downtown Austin.Any alligators down here?I wish people wouldn’t throw trash in the river.Everyone in Austin is going to want to stroll down this boardwalk every warm evening. This place is going to be packed!I wonder when the first marriage proposal will take place on the boardwalk?Am I really in Austin?