Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt North
Plano Parks and Recreation is excited to announce we will be constructing new trail in the parkland along Cottonwood Creek! Please see the below map for the approximate alignment of the new trail.
Q: What will the trail connection consist of?
A:This trail project is for about 2.6 miles of new trail, which will begin at Los Rios Blvd, continue along the parkland along Cottonwood Creek, and end at Chaparral Road. The new concrete trail will be 12’ wide.
Q: When will these enhancements be complete?
A: Construction of the trail will begin in summer of 2018 and is expected to be complete by fall of 2019. Please bear in mind that, as with all construction projects, the timeline can change.
Q: Why is this project happening?
A: The trail connection along Cottonwood Creek has been planned since the 1980's when it was part of Plano’s 1985 Comprehensive Bikeway Plan. The trail is also part of the 2001 Six Cities Trail Plan between the cities of Allen, Frisco, Garland, McKinney, Plano and Richardson, as well as the 2012 Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan. The full planned connection follows the eastern edge of Plano to connect from Richardson to Allen, for a total of 8.5 miles of trail through Plano. See the current Plano Bicycle Transportation Plan, Six Cities Trail Plan, and Collin County Regional Trails Master Plan, which show this connection.
Q: How is this project funded?
A: This project is funded with City of Plano and Collin County bond funds as well as Federal Highway Administration Transportation Alternatives Program funds.
Q: When will the remaining trail along the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt be constructed?
A: Another section of Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt Trail, to the south, of about 1.5 miles of trail is under design. Please see the Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt, South webpage for more information. The remaining sections of trail will be designed and constructed as funding is available. Some of the land for these projects still needs to be acquired via purchase or easement.
Q: Is anything occurring with the future lighted athletic fields at the Moore Park site?
A: Not at this time. The athletic fields remain planned will be part of a future project as funding is identified.
Q: Will any trees need to be removed as part of this project?
A: Minimal tree removal will be necessary for construction of this project – less than 3% of total trees within the construction area will need to be removed. The trees will be mitigated financially and these funds will be used towards new trees within the Plano park system.