Texarkana, Texas, City Parks and Recreation has put the final touch on Phase 2 of the trail network at Bringle Lake Park.
The trail project, which has been in progress the last few years, now features a network going around Bringle Lake with separate trails for bikers.
"We completed this trail network through the efforts of various volunteers," said Director Robby Robertson of Texarkana, Texas, City Parks and Recreation.
"The bridge was built over a swampy area that made it difficult for walkers. We were hoping that portion of the trail would eventually dry out enough, but it never did."
A crew worked on the bridge for about a week. They had to overcome some challenges in the process.
"Transporting the building material we needed for that portion of the trial was difficult," Robertson said. "Also, we needed input from an expert that specialized in trail bridges to do it right, and that part was a challenge itself to work with, due to the conditions of the area."
Robertson said finishing Phase 2 brings a sense of relief and he is glad park visitors have a better way to see the area.
"Phase 2 is a really beautiful portion of the park, and having so many issues with a 200-foot portion of it was frustrating because it made it hard for people to enjoy the entire experience. Most would come to that point of the trail and have to turn around," he said.
"We are very happy they now have access to the entire trail."
The trails are a joint project involving the Texas-side Parks and Recreation Department and Texas A&M University-Texarkana, with funds donated by various organizations such as Partnership for the Pathway. It goes around the lake and runs through the park, which spans 199 acres and includes 15 acres of preserved wetlands.
The next phase of the project will connect the entire trail network and will be built on university property, Robertson said.