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May 12th, 2010
Plum Creek project wins award

STAFF REPORT

Though the Plum Creek Preserve and Nature Trail in Kyle is still a few months away from development, it already is receiving recognition for planning and innovation.

Envision Central Texas declared the 350-acre project the winner of its 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award for Public Policy and Planning. Kyle’s entry for the award was also the sole finalist in its category this year, based on the merits of the project.

“I am so happy and so proud of our city for receiving this prestigious recognition,” said Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson. “We have worked on this project for a long time and we are proud to be bringing it to reality. This is a perfect example of how a city can work together with the community and other organizations to create a real benefit for our residents.”

Once the project is complete, the Plum Creek Preserve & Nature Trail will offer the community numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, including more than 350 acres of open space, more than six miles of nature trails to hike over, two large lakes for fishing, wildlife viewing points, natural areas, picnic sites, wetland preserve and a wildflower meadow. The development of the project will begin within six months and should be available to the public within two years.

“Now that the planning and preliminary work is done, I’m ready to get actually building the preserve,” said Kerry Urbanowicz, Kyle Parks and Recreation Director. “This is really going to be the crown jewel for our parks system and something the entire region can enjoy.”

The Plum Creek Preserve & Nature Trail will be located east of Interstate-35 and will run along the portion of the city’s Plum Creek Watershed, ultimately connecting all Kyle’s residential, commercial and school developments along the watershed.

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