Arroyo Trail Expanding Its Reach In Harlingen

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Arroyo Trail Expanding Its Reach In Harlingen

Harlingen’s network of trails seeks to link parks, retail centers and the Texas State Technical College.
Harlingen’s network of trails seeks to link parks, retail centers and the Texas State Technical College.

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 Arroyo Trail current end will extend from Expressway 77/83 to Dixieland Park.
The Arroyo Trail current end will extend from Expressway 77/83 to Dixieland Park.

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. 

Ricardo D. Cavazos is a journalist and business executive who has over 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor and publisher and is currently managing allied health schools in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. Working for Freedom Communications, Cavazos served as editor of The Monitor for eight years and was publisher of The Brownsville Herald for 14 years. He also served as publisher of the Valley Morning Star for one year and launched two Spanish-language publications - El Nuevo Heraldo and El Extra. He is an Edinburg native currrently living in Harlingen.

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