Midland Trail Park begins quality of life transformation


It is with great joy that we announce the grand opening of Midland Trail Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first of its kind in Midland, the park will feature 8 miles of multi-use trails (2 more along the way), a skills area for advanced cyclists, an 18-hole disc golf course, a unique biosphere and the best play of water that you will find throughout West Texas. Four-legged friends are welcome. Come see some of the best birding in the area, while relaxing under some of Midland’s tallest trees.

Harris Field and Midland Trail Park is another example of how Midland shines through our public/private partnerships. The West Texas Trail Alliance, the Permian Basin Bicycling Association, and various local philanthropists and donors worked together to make the park a reality. This new facility will cost taxpayers nothing and will be a big step towards improving our collective quality of life. We invite you all to come out and experience it for yourselves.

We also want to share with you that Midland Trail Park is the start of a new vision for the health and quality of life of all Midlanders. As part of the vision of the current Midland City Council, the city plans to add walking and cycling paths alongside our draw system as we expand it to increase drainage capacity. This will happen gradually, in small steps, as we repair, replace and expand prints across Midland. You’ll see the first phase of this plan develop in southeast Midland, heading south along the Scharbauer Draw from Reyes-Mashburn-Nelms Park.

Ultimately, we anticipate that Midland Trail Park will eventually connect to Scharbauer Draw, over time creating what could be a premier hiking and biking trail. Such a trail could connect the new park to a recently improved Hogan Park, a cultural and entertainment district in the city center, which are currently under construction, and possibly to the “Wildcatter Trail”, which will go from the UTPB in Odessa to the complex midland sportsman.

This initial development of the Midland Trail Park project would not have been possible without the leadership of Stephen Mitchell, who worked countless hours in the rain, wind and dust to ensure the trails are just perfect. Stephen and the Permian Basin Bicycle Association have been tasked with raising over $150,000 for the construction of the facilities. Anyone interested in coming to the park will be required to pay an annual membership fee of $35 per family to the Permian Basin Bicycle Association and contribute to the ongoing maintenance of the park. Payment can be made at Midland Trail Park or on their website, https://pbbatx.com/.

We would also like to thank our private and corporate sponsors for their help in making this dream a reality. Special thanks to Cary and Jill Brown, Bob and Elizabeth Davenport, Diamondback Energy, Jones Bros Dirt and Paving, SM Energy, VIM Racing, JD King Construction, Plains Pipeline and LOA Land Development.

Access to the park is located at 3215 Farm to Market 307 (Greenwood Highway) with the entrance located adjacent to the west of the Harris Field Fire Training Center.


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