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Groundbreaking Scheduled for Walnut Springs Trail Extension Project

SEGUIN, Texas – Mayor Don Keil, Seguin City Council Members and city leaders will break ground on a project Tuesday, October 20 that will further extend the Walnut Springs Hike and Bike Trail.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking scheduled from 4:30 to 5 pm at the Ruby P. Vaughan Walnut Springs Bridge, located on the trail past the Seguin Public Library.

The public is welcome to park at St. James Catholic Church (510 S. Camp St.) and walk across the bridge to the groundbreaking, near the creek.

In October 2020, the Seguin City Council awarded a bid to Myers Concrete Construction, LP. to extend the Walnut Springs Trail from the Ruby P. Vaughan Walnut Springs Bridge near Convent Street south connecting to Max Starcke Park East.

The $5.18 million project is being partially funded using funds from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) as part of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

The trail extension consists of approximately 0.5 miles of 10-foot-wide concrete hike and bike trail along the west side of Walnut Branch Creek. The project will include retaining walls, hand and guard rails, an elevated trail section, and Seguin’s first below-grade crossing under the South Austin Street bridge connecting to the Pecan Bottom Trail Loop in Max Starcke Park East. Trail enhancements will also include the creation of a switchback on the trail near Goodrich Street, which is a feature that is expected to make use of the trail in that area safer.

Once the trail extension is complete, the project will create a continuous trail that will extend from New Braunfels Street (FM 78) south to Max Starcke Park East that is approximately 4 miles in length one way.  The Walnut Springs Trail will provide pedestrian access to a number of locations, including Park West, Walnut Springs Park, the Seguin Public Library, Texas Lutheran University and Max Starcke Park including the Guadalupe River.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 830-401-2480.

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