The proposed trail is part of the city’s approved 2020 Hike and Bike Trail Plan and would consist of 10-foot concrete multiuse paths that would connect to existing hike and bike trails and the Goodwin Lane multiuse paths.
Once complete, the trail would wind through 46 acres of natural area along Alligator Creek and connect to FM 306 and could eventually extend toward central New Braunfels.
The grant program is an 80/20 matching grant, and staff has requested a total grant award amount of $250,000 with matching funds supported by the value of a private land dedication along the creek.
Staff from the regional trail organization, the Great Springs Project, assisted city staff in the submission of the application to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Recreational Trail Grant Program.
The Great Springs Project is a proposed trail corridor that would connect Barton Springs, San Marcos Springs, Comal Springs and San Antonio Springs through a system of local and regional trails. Trail systems in Bexar, Comal, Hays and Travis counties would be included in the project.
“In every place, we try to understand what is happening on a local level with the project that the community is asking for,” said Garry Merritt, CEO of the Great Springs Project. “Then we help to support those projects and to interconnect those projects.”
More than 100 miles of trails have been proposed to provide additional recreational opportunities along the I-35 corridor.