Park West

Mayor Don Keil speaks to the community about the recently completed Park West Sidewalk project while at a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in Park West.

In 2013, the residents of Seguin said they were ready for a change.

They voted yes, to a new high school, a new library and yes to a new park and renovations to the existing parks system.

That included creating Park West.

On Wednesday, the final piece was put into place to complete the Park West project.

A pedestrian bridge was installed over Walnut Branch to allows residents, community members and visitors the ability to safely walk across the creek.

Prior to the bridge’s installation, residents who lived in the area or visited the park had to navigate a rock creek bed, when it was dry, or take a chance and walk on the busy street known as North Vaughan Avenue to get to the other side when the creek was raging with rain water after a storm.

This bridge part of a 1-mile, inner-park trail as well as a connector to the sidewalk that runs along North Vaughan Street from San Antonio Avenue to Court Street.

Additionally, the bridge connects the northern side of the city with a pathway that winds its way into downtown Seguin, runs next to the library and eventually will join with Starcke Park.

“These sidewalk connections allow folks that live on the west side of Seguin — especially along North Vaughn and Guadalupe Street — to walk, jog, bike to Park West safety,” Seguin Parks and Recreation director Jack Jones said. “Whenever it’s raining when the Walnut Branch has water going through it the bridge allows people to cross without walking on North Vaughn.”

The city was able to do this with the assistance of the Texas Department of Transportation, which helped install the crossing and funding from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), saving taxpayers a little money.

And that’s a win-win for everyone.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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