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New walking trail could come to Brownwood pending grant

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Mar 05 2013 08:21:33 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 06 2013 08:38:21 AM CST
BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Brownwood residents could have a new place to walk or jog soon.

The city of Brownwood is moving ahead with plans to construct a two-mile trail near Gordon Wood Stadium, but city officials need the help of a TxDOT grant.

Officials are hoping the proposed "Camp Bowie Walking Trail" will become a reality soon. The city has applied to the grant, but won't know until June if it will be approved.

The Camp Bowie Sports Complex is already undergoing many changes.

The old baseball/softball complex is being torn down, a new soccer complex will be built, and hopefully in 18 months a new two-mile walking trail will be paved through the area.

"The goal is to provide other modes of transportation other than cars, like walking, biking trails, that type of thing so cars can be off the road," said Jodie Kelly, city of Brownwood staff engineer.

The statewide TxDOT grant, Transportation Enhancement Program, will provide the city with 80 percent of the amount it will take to construct the new trail.

The projected cost of the trail project is $552,661. The grant would cover $442,000.

"We're competing statewide for this grant, but we were the only application for our district," Kelly said.

The trail will cross a portion of Brownwood Middle School's parking lot.

"Connectivity is one of their big things, as far as connecting a school to a park, a neighborhood to a park, and there's several subdivisions along Calvert Road that will also be able to use the trail," Kelly said.

Instead of driving to Gordon Wood Stadium for a football game, those close can walk and leave the car at home.

Kelly said the trail will be similar to the one at Riverside Park.