New multi-use hiking and biking trails for Big Spring State Park will begin construction tomorrow, March 1st, thanks to the West Texas Trail Alliance, a non-profit organization with the goal to promote partnerships within the community and create opportunities to work together to build, maintain, and manage multi-use trails in West Texas.
The 4-phase project was approved by Texas Parks and Wildlife, and planning began in August 2018. Stephanie Ledford, West Texas Trails Secretary, advised that at the end of phase 1 there will be a minimum of 5 miles of completed trail. She noted that the new trails will be rated much like ski trails according to difficulty, with green being the easiest and red being the most difficult.
Ledford stated, "Phase 1 is going to have a half-mile at the base of the state park, which is a green. So, that's gonna be a nice loop for those who want to hike, or do a bike ride, or go for a short trail run with very low technical difficulty."
"Also in Phase 1, we're going to complete a perimeter loop around the base of the state park with varying degrees of elevation. That's going to be approximately 4.1 miles, so with the blue loop, it's going to be a little more technical, so it might have a littel more natural features. You know, might be a little more rocks in the way. We're trying to keep it as natural as possible," continued Ledford.
She estimated that the total project, which will be completed by Bike Park Solutions out of Angel Fire, New Mexico, would cost $75-85,000. So far, the West Texas Trail Alliance has been able to raise over $45,000 from donations, grants, and fundraisers, but they still need donations to help them reach their goal of $50,000 by March 1st in order to guarantee the completion of Phase 1, which is expected to be in May.
Ledford also advised that Bike Park Solutions would be working construction of the multi-use trails for 60 consecutive days and anyone volunteering to help with the construction work would be appreciated.
To make a monetary donation or volunteer to work, visit their website fundtxtrails.org.