EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - A conceptual master plan for a county-wide trail that will span 50 miles from the New Mexico state line past San Elizario is in the works and organizers are hoping for the community's input.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is spearheading the project to develop a dynamic hike and bike trail that will promote health and active living, connect neighborhoods to other amenities, celebrate El Paso's history and culture, highlight the Rio Grande and catalyze economic development in the area.
“We want to make healthy living an easy choice for residents and contribute to our overall quality of life,” said Tracy J. Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Health Foundation. “A contiguous trail will connect neighborhoods to each other and amenities like schools, parks, businesses and places of interest.”
The Health Foundation is partnering with UTEP’s Institute for Healthy Living to provide funding and coordination for the project with leadership oversight and support from former Texas Department of Transportation Chairman Ted Houghton, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, and multiple representatives from the City of El Paso.
“A county-wide trail is a great amenity for our community that will showcase El Paso’s rich history and heritage – including natural features like the Rio Grande river – and provide opportunities for economic development. It’s an asset that everyone can enjoy,” says Judge Escobar, whose vision for the project has been catalytic in moving it forward.
The Health Foundation has engaged Sites Southwest and Alta Planning & Design to work with the community to develop the conceptual master plan. Over the course of the project, there will be several interactive community meetings to gather input and ideas to inform the direction of the conceptual trail master plan. The first two public meetings are set for August 9th & 10th. Additionally, input is sought through an online survey available at eptrails.com.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Westside Regional Command Center
4810 Osborne Dr., El Paso, TX 79922
Thursday, August 10, 2017
6 – 8 p.m.
Mission Valley Regional Command Center
9011 Escobar Dr., El Paso, TX 79907