STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO
MARBLE FALLS — Walkers, cyclists, and families can traverse the city’s parks more safely with additional sidewalks near Westside Park.
It’s only the first phase of a plan to connect Westside Park on Second Street with the Childers Park ballfields on Broadway Street by sidewalks and the hike-and-bike trail.
Crews recently completed the first portion of a sidewalk across Westside Park along Second Street that will eventually link the two parks. The new section stretches from the Second Street-Avenue R intersection to about 100 feet east of the Second Street-Avenue P intersection.
Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss said the sidewalk will allow individuals to go from park to park by designated walking and running areas.
“It also provides a safe path for the children in the immediate neighborhood to reach the crosswalk at the entrance to Westside Park, where drivers are a bit more aware of someone crossing the street,” Moss said.
The section was built with $30,000 from the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp.
“(EDC officials) were obligated to build a sidewalk as part of a road extension to the business park on the north end of town,” Moss said. “However, it would have truly been a waste of money in that location since there is little to no foot traffic. Instead, they agreed to fund this section of sidewalk.”
Moss said more sidewalks are coming.