River Trail Extension

Lowry to Dietert Center Segment - NOW OPEN!!

Project History

Plans to build a multi-purpose public use river trail along the Guadalupe River in Kerrville have occurred since the 1970s. In 2002, voters approved $500,000 in bond funds for the River Trail project, which were used to complete master planning and initiate the first phase. Master planning for the River Trail's full length (Kerrville-Schreiner Park to Spur 98 Bridge) was completed in 2009.

The Kerrville City Council and the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) have been working together to fund a variety of quality of life projects to include this addition to the city's park system, and thus funded $8 million in parks and river trail improvements. Debt service for the bond funds was structured so that the impact to the EIC revenues would be minimal.

In 2011, the EIC and City Council approved the aforementioned $6 million for development of the River Trail and $2 million for the Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park improvements, funded solely from the 4B economic development sales tax revenues.

The first segment of the Kerrville River Trail, the Riverside Nature Center to Tranquility Island segment, was dedicated on Dec. 15, 2012. The second segment of the trail, the Louise Hays Park to Kerrville-Schreiner Park segment, was dedicated in conjunction with the Louise Hays Park improvements on June 13, 2015. The third segment of the trail, the Lowry Park segment, was dedicated on May 27, 2016. With the Nov. 30, 2018 dedication of the Lowry Park to Dietert Center segment, it brings a close to the first phase and five miles of the River Trail project.