City to add walking trail to sports complex

The City of Brownwood has been approved for a grant to construct a two-mile walking trail in the area of the sports complex. The path is highlighted in red in this site plan.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife recently announced the award of a $200,000 grant to the City of Brownwood for the Camp Bowie Walking Trail.

The project approval was one of only 38, out of 82 requests for funding, to receive a portion of the $5.25 million in federal grants being disbursed by the TPWD.

Brownwood Staff Engineer Jodie Kelly confirmed the report, but said no construction can begin until October, subsequent to the finalization of the grant process.

The two-mile trail will extend from the south parking lot of the middle school to the Massey Sports Complex and the Camp Bowie Family Aquatic Center, passing alongside the new soccer complex, behind Gordon Wood Stadium, and through Festival Park, including connections to both foot bridges.

“It will be good for the middle school,” Kelly said, “to give them safe access to the stadium.”

The grant will fund the 8-foot wide concrete trail, crosswalks at Calvert and Milam, benches, and signage.

Persistence pays off, since Kelly said the grant application process actually began in 2009, submitted twice to the Texas Department of Transportation and three times to the TPWD.

Kelly also said the construction of the new soccer complex, at the former location of the baseball fields, will begin later this month, as CJB Construction of Granbury starts the earthwork and drainage portion of the project.