Harlingen is extending its most popular hike-and-bike trail from the Arroyo Colorado to Dixieland Park as the city works to expand its trails master plan.
The 1.6-mile extension along the banks of the Arroyo Colorado will be the first trail addition in five years. It will take the trail from its current end adjacent to Boggus Ford along Expressway 77/83 and wind it near the Tony Butler Golf Course. It will then make its way to Dixieland Park on Harlingen’s southwest side.
The total cost of the project is $1.5 million with funding coming from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation and the Harlingen Community Improvement Board. The city spent $200,000 to fund engineering studies, construction plans and environmental reviews in order to secure the necessary approvals from federal agencies.
Expanding Transportation Options
Cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley have aggressively pursued and developed hike-and-bike trails over the last 20 years. Harlingen in 2001 was among the first area cities to begin those efforts when it started the arroyo trail from McKelvey Park along Business 77. The new trail extension will allow cyclists and walkers to go from the city’s core areas to the southwest side on Dixieland. It will be an over seven mile-long round trip workout along the arroyo.
Assistant City Manager Carlos Sanchez said these sort of projects “provide alternative modes of transportation by linking retail areas to residential and recreational areas for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy.”
City officials envision a network of trails that will connect the city’s parks and retail centers. They will also provide access to Texas State Technical College and the World Birding Center at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park.
Construction of the Arroyo trail extension is expected to start later this year and be completed sometime around the middle part of next year.