(August 9, 2013) A $516,000 state grant will fund an important extension to one City of Frisco trail, paving the way toward an eventual pathway stretching to Dallas’ White Rock Lake.
The City’s Parks and Recreation Department received the grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. It will extend the current 1.2-mile Taychas Trail by about ¼ mile, connecting it to a path that Plano is planning to build. Taychas runs between the Turnbridge Manor and Hunters Creek developments, near Custer Road and State Highway 121.
The project is part of the Six Cities Hike and Bike Trail, a multiyear project that planners hope will run through Frisco, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Richardson and Dallas, ending at White Rock Lake. Dudley Raymond, Frisco Parks and Planning Business Development Manager, said he expects the Frisco trail and Plano pathway to be connected and accessible within 12-18 months.
The City of Allen also is obligated to construct a new trail soon that will lead cyclists and walkers through to Richardson, Raymond said.
A $500,000 federal transportation grant in 2002 kickstarted Frisco’s efforts to increase routes for residents who prefer riding, walking or jogging around the area. The City has worked consistently to expand its trails since that time. The City now has 63 miles of biking and hiking trails.
“The trail system will eventually connect several different cities and enable residents to travel to various entertainment and recreation areas,” Raymond said. “By encouraging people to ride bikes or travel on foot, we’re likely to reduce emissions and improve the environment around us.
“We’re also helping motivate people to get outside and exercise, which leads to better health for people of all ages.”