August 13, 2009
Good news for the Walk for a Day Trail — $405,000 in federal funding!
The trail, as envisioned, will ultimately stretch more than 30 miles from Barton Springs Pool to Onion Creek Natural Area in Hays County. The funding will be used to design and engineer trailheads where people will access the system.
Here’s more from a release from U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s office:
The funds include a $300,000 appropriation approved by the House at Congressman Doggett’s request and $105,000 from federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or stimulus funds approved by the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization at the request of Texas State Senator Kirk Watson. CAMPO’s award will go to support a portion of the trail located near the intersection of U.S. 290 and Brodie Lane in Austin.
“By supporting the Hill Country Conservancy’s work on the Walk for a Day Trail, people will be able to view some of the unique backdrops and distinctive landscapes Central Texas has to offer,” Doggett said. “Trail users will experience up close the beauty of the Hill Country, the natural springs and native wildlife. And there are many practical, economic benefits for surrounding small businesses and outdoor enthusiasts.”
“Initiatives like this are a big reason why Central Texas is such a great place to live,” said State Senator Kirk Watson, who chairs CAMPO. “It’s been a team effort to secure these pieces of our heritage and open them up to the people of Central Texas.”
George Cofer, executive director of the Hill Country Conservancy, praised Congressman Doggett’s efforts.
“The Walk For a Day regional trail project has long been a dream of parks and trails advocates throughout the Capital Area. Thanks to Congressman Doggett, we now have our first federal funding, which will allow Hill Country Conservancy and a diverse coalition of governmental, neighborhood, business and environmental organizations to move from the drawing boards to construction. Hill Country Conservancy and its partners will use these funds to promote recreational, educational and healthy lifestyle opportunities,” he said.
Doggett added that he will continue to work to secure additional federal funding for the project.