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Campión to Connect Irving with Neighboring Grand Prairie Trail

A $2.5 million grant procured by the Capital Improvement Program from Dallas County will fund the next extension of Campión Trail and link Irving to neighboring Grand Prairie by early 2014.

The 2.75-mile extension of Campión Trail will put Irving beyond the halfway mark on the journey to provide 22 miles of improved trails in the city for cyclists, equestrians, runners and walkers to enjoy.

"What's significant about this installment is that this will be the first major trail in North Texas that will connect two cities by linking Irving's Campión Trail with Grand Prairie's Lone Star Trail," said Capital Improvement Program Director Casey Tate.

Billed as the Lone Star/Campión Trail Connection Project, the new addition will extend the southern leg of Campión Trail 1.75 miles west to MacArthur Boulevard and 1 mile into Grand Prairie. The new trail will be an extension of the southern leg of Campión Trail, which runs from the north side of Trinity View Park, extends through Twin Wells Park and Mountain Creek Preserve. The new trail will extend westward, behind the landfill to MacArthur, crossing at Hunter Ferrell Road intersection. The trail will run westward along the south side of Hunter Ferrell and tie into the end of Grand Prairie’s Lone Star Trail near the intersection of Hunter Ferrell and Story roads.

According to Senior Landscape Architect Gene Moulden, trail users can expect this southern section to look almost identical to the trail’s northern section at Interstate 635 and MacArthur. Although there has been progress on Campión Trail since the plan debuted in 1996, more development of the trail has occurred in the past five years than the previous 11 years. The surge in progress in recent years is largely attributed to a strong working relationship with county administrators.

"Dallas County is happy to work with the City of Irving to expand the Campión Trail into Grand Prairie," said Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia. "This partnership serves the Dallas County community by providing green space, walkable and ridable trails. I look forward to continuing to work with the City of Irving to bring great projects to the community that help spur economic development and livable neighborhoods."

Campión Trail is open to the public from sunrise to sunset daily. For more information, call the Capital Improvements Program at (972) 721-2611.

Posted Jan. 5

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