Initiatives & Programs

Playa Drain Trail Project

To keep El Pasoans safe and active, the Paso del Norte Health Foundation is partnering with the City of El Paso and El Paso Water to build a linear trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The planned Playa Drain Trail will run parallel to loop 375/border highway on the banks of a former irrigation ditch.

The 3.4 mile trail will offer opportunity for recreation and physical activity (walking/biking) for use by residents throughout the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents, and is part of the Health Foundation’s commitment to making active living the easy choice in the region.

The Health Foundation was established in 1995 to lead, leverage and invest in initiatives, programs and policies that promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region. The City of El Paso is contributing $300,000 from the Quality of Life Bond for trail amenities like benches and shade structures. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the trail once completed. El Paso Water purchased the Playa Drain for storm water management and is allowing for its public use as a trail.

Construction of the trail is expected to begin in late 2017 for completion in 2018.

Several community meetings were scheduled to obtain input from the community and residence near the trail.

Final Community Meeting
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Riverside High School - Cafeteria
301 Midway, El Paso, Texas 79907

Click on link to view the presentation that was shared at previous meeting. (Large file - please be patient) Phase I Presentation May 17, 2017

Click on link to view the presentation that was shared at the August 29 meeting (Large file - please be patient) Phase 1 Presentation August 29, 2017

Click on link to view Phase I Study Areas of Playa Drain Trail. Playa Drain Trail - Phase I Study Area

Click on link to review public comments. Public Meeting Group Comments - May 17, 2017

Program Lead: Tracy J. Yellen


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