SEGUIN, Texas – After two and half years of construction, the Walnut Springs Hike and Bike Trail extension is set to open to the public. Mayor Donna Dodgen, former Mayor Don Keil, Seguin City Council Members and city leaders will cut the ribbon on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, signifying the official opening of the trail to the public for use.
The public is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 am at the Ruby P. Vaughan Walnut Springs Bridge, located on the trail past the Seguin Public Library.
Those attending are welcome to park at St. James Catholic Church (510 S. Camp St.) and walk across the bridge to the ribbon cutting ceremony, near the creek.
In October 2020, the Seguin City Council awarded a bid to Myers Concrete Construction, LP. to extend the Walnut Springs Trail from the Ruby P. Vaughan Walnut Springs Bridge near Convent Street south connecting to Max Starcke Park East. Trail work started in January of 2021.
The $5.18 million project was partially funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
The trail now extends along the west side of Walnut Branch Creek and includes a 12-foot-wide concrete hike and bike trail stretching 0.5 miles. The project added retaining walls, hand and guard rails, an elevated pedestrian walkway, and Seguin’s first below-grade crossing under the South Austin Street bridge connecting to the Pecan Bottom Trail Loop in Max Starcke Park East. A switchback was also added to the trail near Goodrich Street, a feature that enhances safety of the trail in that area.
The trail extension creates a continuous hike and bike path from New Braunfels Street (FM 78) south to Max Starcke Park East, totaling approximately 4 miles in length one-way including the 0.8-mile Pecan Bottom Loop. The extended Walnut Springs Trail provides pedestrian access to a number of locations, including Park West, Seguin Police Department, Walnut Springs Park, the Seguin Public Library, Texas Lutheran University, and Max Starcke Park, including the Guadalupe River.
For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 830-401-2480.
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