Canyon city park changes

CANYON, Texas - Canyon residents may soon be spending more time outdoors. The city has big plans underway for some of its city parks.

Biking trails, dog parks and possible improvements to the city's pool and volleyball facilities are all things Canyon residents said they hoped to see in a recent survey. Now, the city is working to make some of those changes happen.

After around 400 surveys were returned in favor of adding jogging and biking trails, the city plans to apply for a state trails grants worth around 70,000 dollars.

Then, city workers will lay down the tails so it is not a big hit to taxpayers' wallets.

"It would be a lot cheaper than going out and contracting that," Canyon assistant city manager, Chris Sharp said. "So we could do it for a lot cheaper than what it would be to have someone come in and do it for us."

Three popular parks are the focus of change.

"Three of our parks will have the trails in it. It's about three miles worth of trails," Sharp said.
"We'll have Connor Park with the trail, Brown Road soccer complex will have a trail around it, and then our Southeast Park will have a trail around it as well."

The changes comes as welcome news to many residents.

"It will already benefit people and benefit the community and everything," Canyon resident Curtis Jefferson said. "I think it will motivate people to come out more."

The City of Canyon hopes to have the new trails completed by the end of this year.