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Denton, TX – The City of Denton’s Parks and Recreation Department has secured a significant financial boost for local infrastructure, receiving a grant for nearly $11 million from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The $10,971,904 grant, originating from TxDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA) program, earmarks funds specifically for the development of the Pecan Creek Trail project within the city.
This substantial grant from TxDOT will finance about 80% of the projected costs for certain stages of the trail’s construction, an ambitious addition to the city’s green spaces. The remainder of the funding necessary for this phase will come from a combination of the City’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act and fees collected from Parks Dedication and Development.
The TA program is a statewide initiative aimed at improving non-vehicular transportation infrastructure. It focuses on enhancing the quality and safety of transportation for cyclists and pedestrians. The program has distributed a total of $345,110,072 across various Texas communities to further these goals.
Denton’s Parks and Recreation Department, an accredited body, is responsible for the stewardship of the city’s recreational amenities, which include a wide array of parks, trails, and natural areas, as well as managing sports fields and preserving historical sites like the IOOF and Oakwood Cemeteries.
The grant signals a forward momentum in expanding the city’s commitment to green infrastructure and providing residents with increased opportunities for outdoor activities and alternative transportation options.
With this injection of funds, the City of Denton expects to advance its Parks and Recreation offerings, creating a lasting impact on the community’s landscape and livability.
For more information on the Pecan Creek Trail project or other city initiatives, residents can contact the Denton Parks and Recreation Department.