History / General Information
The first phase of the Kerrville River Trail began in August 2011 with engineering and site work between the Riverside Nature Center and Louise Hays Park. Trailheads and public parking will be provided at both the center and the park. Phase 1 funding is provided by voter approved bonds for the project. Below are the master plan sheets for the trail's entire length, which is planned to extend from near Coronado Drive on the west end to Kerrville-Schreiner Park on the east end.
The City Council and the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) have been working together to fund a variety of utility and quality of life projects. Funding for $18 million in utility projects and $8 million in parks and river trail improvements are being planned. The EIC has agreed to use part of its 4B Economic Development Sales Tax revenues to fund $1 million in utility improvements, $1 million in parks and river trail improvements, and to make bond payments for the issuance of $7 million to fund parks and river trail improvements. Debt service for the bond funds is being structured so that the impact to the EIC revenues will be minimal. The spreadsheet shown here
shows how the new debt service payments would affect the 4B revenues.
River Trail Package A - Dedication and Grand Opening
Saturday, December 15, 2012
River Side Nature Center Trailhead, 150 Francisco Lemos Street
River Trail Project Description
River Trail and Utility Project Updates
Park Utility and Water Project Progress
Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park Improvements
The Economic Improvement Corporation and the City Council were both presented this week with the design concept for the Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park improvements. The concept designed, by Peter Lewis Architect + Associates, PLLC, includes an interactive fountain plaza which will have capabilities for colored light shows; shade structures; improved parking to be located throughout the park and relocation of the current river rock parking area to under the Sidney Baker Bridge which will enhance the view of the Guadalupe River and add green space; upgraded restrooms; upgraded pavilion; two amphitheaters designed to accommodate both smaller intimate events and larger events while incorporating the Centennial stage; dance floor; and a dog park facility. The River Trail project will pick up from Tranquility Island in Louise Hays Park and continue to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. This segment will bring the trail to a total of approximately four miles.
Louise Hays Park closed August 15, 2013 to accommodate the utility project with the addition of a 16” water transmission main and 21” gravity sewer main. The utility lines, designed by Freese and Nichols Incorporated, are being constructed by Nelson Lewis Incorporated, and will ultimately route from Lemos Street to G Street which will tie into larger utility projects for city wide capacity. The River Trail and Park Improvement projects will begin following the completion of the utility projects. The three projects were coordinated and scheduled consecutively to minimize cost and total impact to the public. The park is tentatively scheduled to re-open in March 2015.
With the completion of the Louise Hays Park Improvements and River Trail, Kerrville will have a public space that is a destination for daily park activity, river access and concessions, places for exercise and viewing nature, home to numerous special events, and gathering places for large group outings. Each facility in the park will meet current building code and access requirements and will have something for all ages and interests.
he first segment of the River Trail, which opened December 15, 2012, extends 0.7 miles from the Riverside Nature Center to Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park. This segment will remain open during construction with pedestrian access from the back entrance of the Library stairway near the new playscape. The trail head at the Riverside Nature Center will remain open as well. Promotional “free” days will be offered at Kerrville-Schreiner Park (KSP) every Tuesday until Louise Hays Park re-opens in March 2015.
The Louise Hays Park Improvements and River Trail Project are both funded through the City of Kerrville’s Economic Improvement Corporation. The City of Kerrville apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause, and looks forward to the grand re-opening / ribbon cutting.
Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park Concept Plans
For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.