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Waxahachie Daily Light: Plan presented by School of Architecture professors

March 11, 2015

In a March 2015 article titled "Trail Corridor project OK’d by Waxahachie Park Board", Waxahachie Daily Light writer Andrew Branca reported the approval by the Waxahachie Park Board of the concept of the Ellis County Regional Trail Corridor project into the city parks master plan. The hike and bike trail is designed to provide alternative transportation, improve air quality, promote economic development and encourage physical activity.

The plan was developed by Waxahachie and Midlothian city officials, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the University of Texas at Arlington and was presented to the Waxahachie Park Board by UT Arlington's James Richards, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, and Taner Ozdil, Associate Professor of Architecture.

Professor Richards said, "We looked at recent and future development plans. How MidTowne is developing over in Midlothian and got the latest information on the Kemp Ranch project and the Diamond J Ranch. Why are we interested in that? Those are going to be new centers of population of people that would be well-served by being able to have access to this thing."

Professor Ozdil was quoted, "There are opportunities for this to be a recreational amenity for both cities. There is not so much a value that can be monetized to a level that we can talk about it. It is not so much of what it stands for but what it can do for the community at large."

The approval for the project was conceptual only. The Park Board has not yet approved funding for the project.