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Three new urban trails to begin construction

Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Cate Malek

Austin should see construction begin on three new urban trails in the next few months, if they receive all the necessary approvals. The Parks and Recreation Board heard updates on the Upper Boggy Creek, Country Club Creek and Violet Crown trails at its meeting on July 26. The Upper Boggy Creek Trail, which stretches from 12th Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, raised some concern at community meetings that were held earlier this year. Both the Environmental Commission and community members were opposed to the proposed trail’s width. The original proposed length for the trail was 18 feet, but it has been reduced to 14 feet. Environmental advocates were worried that the wide trail would cause unnecessary damage to the surrounding environment, including the removal of heritage trees. But the goal for the wide trail is to provide space for both pedestrians and bicyclists to pass by one another easily, something the Parks and Recreation Board strongly favored. Construction is expected to conclude in November 2017. The other two trails include the Country Creek Trail, a 3-mile hike-and-bike trail running from Guerrero Colorado River Park down to Mabel Davis Park, which should be completed in December of this year. The Violet Crown Trail North runs from Home Depot Boulevard in Sunset Valley to MoPac, and should be completed in March 2018.

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