April 21-27, 2014

Irving's Campion Trails Extending

When complete, 22-mile trail will link multiple cities

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    Irving's Campion Trails will get a $30 million extension that will make the trail 22 miles long.

    A greener way to commute may be in the future for those living in and near the Campion Trails in Irving.

    When finished, the Campion Trails will stretch for 22 miles from Valley Ranch to Southwest Irving -- the city's longest trail.

    Casey Tate, director of Irving's Capital Improvement Program, said it will be a greener commute option.

    "Irving sits at the crossroads between Dallas, Fort Worth and even north to Lewisville, and by having the trail in Irving be built, it enables connections from east to west and from north to south," he said.

    The part of the trail in Las Colinas is frequented throughout the day by residents and people who work nearby.

    "Every corner you take it's just, you know, a different scenery. You get to run next to the canals or, you know, run next to the lake," said Jessica Clark, who visited Wednesday for a quick run during her lunch break.

    The entire project is estimated to cost up to $30 million. Dallas County has contributed $3.5 million so far.

    Once completed, the trail would could even have a positive effect on local real estate, Tate said.

    "There has been a lot of national studies done that show that when you build a park or trail adjacent to residential property, it tends to raise the value of those properties because it is an amenity," he said.

    The Campion Trails is a part of the Trinity Trail System, which covers 250 miles over 16 counties. So far, 10.5 miles of the trail has been built.