Walking and biking trail coming Lower Valley
EL PASO, Texas —
Borderland residents are getting all the power when it comes to designing the future Playa Drain Trail in the Lower Valley.
It's a space designed by the people, for the people.
"We have a stigma of the Lower Valley so it's a chance for us to thrive and really shine," said Lower Valley resident Alyssa Hinojos.
The 3.5 mile Playa Drain Trail will connect Ascarate Park to Riverside High School, along with everything in between.
Here, people will get to walk, bike and run.
"We want people to be active. More than 30 percent of our community has a sedentary lifestyle, which means they don't have any physical activity, so we want to make that as easy as possible," said Paso Del Norte Health Foundation CEO Tracy Yellen.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation is partnering with the city of El Paso and El Paso Water to fund and build the trail.
The foundation is contributing $2 million for the construction of the trail.
The city is putting in $300,000 from the quality of life bond. It will also take care of maintaining the trail once it's up and running.
But the people will decide what it'll include.
Wednesday night was the first of several planning meetings where people threw ideas around of what they would like to see.
"We don't have the best sidewalks. They're pretty dangerous. [The trail is] just a chance to get everyone out there," Hinojos said.
Even those who didn't get to attend the meeting said they are excited to see what the new trail will bring to El Paso.
"I think it's a great idea. I lived in Dallas for 19 years and they got great trails up there and when I came here that's the first thing I was looking for -- some trails to stay fit, stay in shape," said east El Paso resident Andre Woodard.