There may be a new hiking and biking trail in the works for the people of Alice. The city is looking to provide more opportunities for pedestrians.
A couple of years ago, Jim Wells County was identified as having disproportionate rates of diabetes and heart disease, so the City said it wants to provide good pedestrian access, but also provide something healthy for people to do.
"Whether you're pushing the stroller, whether you're taking your dog out for a walk, whether your going out for a run, whether you're taking the kids out to the multi-use complex, because you're going to visit the pool or you're going to go see a concert at the amphitheatre later that night," Alice City Manager Ray De Los Santos, Jr., said, "you've got easy access and it's a healthy way, a healthy non-traditional way to get there."
The trail would have ten-foot wide concrete sidewalks that would go along Lattas Creek, which runs throughout the southern portion of the city. The trail would connect to the soon to be built multi-use complex on the westside of town, at Highway 281 and Highway 44.
Ground will break on that project on Thursday, and city crews have already begun prepping the city for that groundbreaking ceremony.
"The actual aquatic complex will begin right at that bend, along the brushy area, and will have the training center, conference center," De Los Santos, Jr., said. "It will have the indoor competitive pool. It will have the outdoor leisure pool, and also have an amphitheatre as well."
The city manager said the multi-use complex will not only serve the people of Alice and Jim Wells County, but surrounding cities and counties.
As for the trail, the City of Alice is applying for a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to pay for it.
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