The City of Schertz is excited to announce the successful acquisition of grant funds to help move forward two park and trail development initiatives. This financial support, totaling $1.73 million, will positively impact the expansion of recreational spaces and connectivity within our city.
The Schertz Parks and Recreation Department has secured $750,000 from a Texas Parks & Wildlife local park grant which requires a $750,000 value match from the city. The city is meeting the match through a combined effort from donations of land from area HOAs valued at $493,000, South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) volunteer labor valued at $15,000, and a commitment from the City of Schertz for $241,100 from the Parks & Recreation budget.
With this funding and land, Schertz will be able to advance the development of Hilltop Park which will include accessible concrete trails, a hilltop overlook, interpretive and wayfinding signage, lighting and utilities, mountain biking trails and bike skills course, a nature-based playground, parking, picnic facilities, a restroom, site amenities, site work, and native landscaping.
Additionally, the Parks and Recreation Department secured $980,000 in funds from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO) for the West Dietz Creek Trail project. This grant award requires a $245,000 match from the city which will come from dedicated trail development funds in the Parks & Recreation budget. The West Dietz Creek trail will be a 1.76-mile long, 10-foot-wide concrete trail along West Dietz Creek beginning just south of Wiederstein Road crossing Savannah Drive and Maske Road, and ending at Schertz Parkway where it will connect with the Campus Exercise Trail behind the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex. The trail will include pedestrian crossing signals at each road crossing.
Schertz officials are grateful for the support of the various organizations involved in making these park projects a reality. The grants and donations reflect their confidence in the city’s commitment to promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for residents.
“Hike and bike trails have been the #1 parks and recreation service that residents have selected in the Citizen Satisfaction Survey since 2016, so we are pleased to be making headway in getting trails on the ground for our residents,” states Lauren Shrum, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services.
Residents can track the progress of these projects on the city website, by signing up for City Headlines, or by following the city on social media.
You can find additional information about Schertz Parks & Recreation programs, projects, and events here. Be sure to follow Schertz Parks and Recreation on social media for the latest updates on all of the FUN in Schertz!
West Dietz Creek Trail Exhibit