Advocate editorial board opinion: Let's connect our city's parks with trails
By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 20, 2012 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.
We always get excited when we hear news of another park in the city. And the 127-acre Lone Tree Creek Park, off Airline Road across from the Deerchase Subdivision, promises to be a popular destination for residents when it is completed in late May or June.
One feature of the park is the 2,400-square-foot splash pad, an area that little and big kids will most likely use frequently in the hot months coming up. Little water squirts through the splash pad will provide the water that means fun in the sun.
Practice fields for soccer, baseball and softball also will be constructed, as well as restroom facilities.
Plans are to keep about 30 acres natural in perpetuity.
The park is a $1.5 million project with $500,000 coming from a matching grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. We think this park and its planned amenities sound fabulous.
But one thing we've suggested repeatedly during the past years is a master plan for parks. We think it would be beneficial to Victoria residents if the parks were connected by trails. That way, joggers, hikers and cyclists could walk from park to park via trails, never repeating the path they take.
And the best way to design that kind of idea is to develop a master plan.
We think new parks like the Lone Tree Creek Park would be a great addition to such a plan. So, once again, we urge the development of a parks master plan.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.