Partnership for the Pathway Donates $100,000 for Completion of Phase II of Bringle Lake Wilderness Trail
John Harrison announces a $100,000 matching grant from Partnership for the Pathway for the second phase of the Bringle Lake Wilderness Trail as Lydia Lawrence and Julie-Ray Harrison look on.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana has announced a $100,000 grant from Partnership for the Pathway to complete the second phase of the Bringle Lake Wilderness Trail at Bringle Lake Park in Texarkana, Texas.
“It is extremely gratifying for our university to be able to partner with the City of Texarkana, Texas, and the Partnership for the Pathway to provide this wonderful recreational resource for our community,” said Dr. Emily Cutrer, president of A&M-Texarkana. “The fact that the Bringle Lake Wilderness Trail is adjacent to our beautiful campus makes the project even more special as we get to witness our campus community’s enjoyment of the trail on a daily basis.”
The grant is the result of several years of planning and collaboration among Texas A&M University-Texarkana, the City of Texarkana, Texas, and Partnership for the Pathway. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provided almost $400,000 for the project.
“This wilderness trail will benefit the students, faculty, and staff at A&M-Texarkana as well as the citizens of Bowie County,” said Dr. Nancy Jordan, interim dean of Graduate Studies and Research at A&M-Texarkana. “A&M-Texarkana embarked on this project as a way to give back to the Texarkana community and thank the City of Texarkana for their support. It serves as a model for future collaborations with our community partners.”
John Harrison and Julie-Ray Harrison with the Partnership for the Pathway Board of Directors said funds for the matching grant were raised at the organization’s “Run the Line” marathons. A total of 585 runners from 19 states participated in this year’s race.
The first phase of the project covered approximately 2.5 miles of upgrades to the existing wilderness trail surface – from the newly constructed Bringle Lake East Park to the Bringle Lake dam. The second phase of the project completes the almost 7-mile loop of the wilderness trail system.
Robby Robertson, City of Texarkana, Texas, Parks and Recreation director, said the trail may be completed as early as this summer if the weather cooperates.
"We are excited once again to partner with Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Partnership for the Pathway to create a trail system in the City of Texarkana, Texas. This will be great addition for our parks and help us provide even more recreational opportunities for our residents.”
For updates on the trail, like the A&M-Texarkana Facebook page at Facebook/TAMUT.edu.
For more information about Texarkana Parks and Recreation Department, visit http://www.ci.texarkana.tx.us/227/Parks-Recreation.
Partnership for the Pathway board members present a check for a $100,000 matching grant for the Bringle Lake Wilderness Trail to Texas A&M University-Texarkana.