Trail in Poteet park officially opens

The City of Poteet in cooperation with the Poteet Trailblazer organization would like to announce the completion of Phase One of the Poteet Middle Camino Real Recreation Trail. The project began with a vision in 2010 through a proposed effort by the City of Poteet and El Camino Real National Historic Trail Association and the late historian Richard Santos to develop a trail through the heart of the Poteet community. The team, spearheaded by then Mayor Irene Ramos, applied for planning technical assistance from the National Parks Service’s Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) to help move the effort forward.

RTCA along with others assisted in the successful grant application wherein the City was awarded $124,000 to see the project forward. For two years RTCA assisted the project team, organizing and facilitating multiple public and project team meetings resulting in a conceptual design and Master Plan Vision for the recreation trail. As part of the endeavor, a local group – the Trail Blazers – was created as a sub-chapter of the Poteet Community Forum to serve as a support for the trail and to help raise funds that will maintain the trail in the future.

RTCA carries out the natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation mission of the National Park Service in communities across America. Projects include natural area preservation, rivers conservation and development of recreational trails and green-ways in urban, suburban and rural settings. El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and conserving the Historic Trails history and culture and strives to build a strong citizen’s group to provide support through relationships between citizens, local historic groups, tourism bureaus and the National Park Service.

To commemorate the completion of Phase One there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday evening June 30, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Poteet Canyon Park (on the tennis court side). There will be a brief ceremony and then the attendees will “ride, walk or jog” the trail to the opposite end where refreshments will be served at the local Grange Hall. All supporters of the trail are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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