On Wednesday, January 28th, the City of De Soto received news that grant funding from East-West Gateway had been approved the bridge and surfacing for the Woodland Nature Trail. This rustic walk-trail (currently in use) connects the De Soto Senior High School Campus to the Vineland Elementary Campus. It offers the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature and provides the benefit of the walking experience. Funding begins in 2015 and the project is to be completed in 2016. Get Healthy DeSoto applauds the vision of the city to enhance this walk trail and to David Dews, City Administrator, for writing and obtaining the grant.
The Woodland Nature Trail has been developed through partnerships with the City of De Soto, De Soto Public Schools and Get Healthy De Soto. Additional partnerships include the De Soto Rotary Club, who donated mulch and a sign, multiple dedicated volunteers, and many in the business community who donated machinery, equipment and supplies. Additional information about the upcoming project is outlined below:
- Project consists of development of 0.7 mile multi-use trail
- Project has been discussed for years and is recommended in the City’s Walkable Bikeable Community Plan
- Project to include 8 ft. wide asphalt surface, entire length of project
- A 10 ft. wide at-grade bridge crossing over the Tanyard Branch to be constructed
- Every effort will be made to accommodate all persons by following the guidelines set forth by the Americans with Disability Act
- Total Cost of the project is estimated to be $406,405.00
If you haven’t enjoyed walking this trail, we will offer guided walks during the DeSoto Home Show on March 28th. Please stop by the GHD booth for more information.