Our 130-mile Northeast Texas Trail from Farmersville to New Boston made the Cover Page and Story of the 2013 November issue of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
The Trail Butterfly Garden on the PJC Corridor needs routine maintenance. If you are part of a group who would help with this effort by scheduling a workday or by joining one that is planned, please contact Lueron Erickson at 903-785-7353.
The Youth at Calvary Methodist have given hours of their time once or twice each year to help us at the beginning of spring and in the heat of the summer to spruce things up before the Tour de Paris.
Calvary Chapel is adding our project to their For the City campaign by signing up to help once each month from September through November.
Faculty members and students from PJC have contributed their time also.
Volunteers from the Red River Chapter of Master Naturalists, and interested individuals make up a significant group of regular helpers. We do not work in December or January. In February, we begin pruning.
Our most recent workday was September 14th. A group of 18 worked for 3 hours.
For those of you who enjoy digging, weeding, and beautifying flower gardens, please join us. Anyone needing help to differentiate between weeds and desired plants may call the number given above.
Individuals who use the Trail are encouraged to make the Garden a rest stop to read the information in the kiosk, notice the plant markers, and pull a weed or two!
**GREAT TRAIL NEWS**
The City of Paris was awarded $515,193 via the 2012 Texas Department of Transportation Enhancement Program to construct the 2.36-mile West Paris Multi-Use Trail.
This Trail will connect to the following 11- destinations:
Thank you to the following stakeholders than provided along with the City of Paris the required cash match:
Also, Thanks to the following who along with the City of Paris Mayor and Council provided support letters:
What’s New to View!
Trail Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly Garden has provided vibrant color this Spring and Summer for Trail users and butterflies alike. Beginning with the Penstemon blossoms, followed by Day Lilies, Bee Balm, Buddleia, Salvia, Coneflowers, Phlox, and Zinnias the area has been an attractive addition to the Crape Myrtle lined PJC corridor.
The newly installed kiosk displays beautiful charts of Butterfly facts. We are in the process of selecting host and nectar plants that are mentioned. Lantana, Sedum, Catmint, Blue Mist, and Cosmos are a few “newcomers”.
Regular volunteers have adopted quadrants to keep weeded and trimmed. Additional volunteers are needed to help maintain the garden. If you know individuals or a group who would like to participate in that labor of love, please contact Lueron Erickson at 903-785-7353 or email email@example.com. We appreciate the youth from Calvary Methodist who came out last month to help spruce up the beds before the Tour de Paris. Many hands make the work load much lighter! Under the supervision of A.D. Thompson from the Friends of the Trail, mowing and edging is done around the garden by the Probation Department. Bill Loranger and his city crew keep the sprinkler system working. Without all this support, the garden would not exist.
Wouldn’t you like to be included in our project?
We have updated
"You’ve Been Spotted"
Check it out, you may spot yourself!
Come out and Try the Resurfaced Portion of the Trail de Paris!!
You’ll like It!The City of Paris contracted out the resurfacing of the Trail de Paris from Loop 286 east to the east city limit. It has been completed. As one of your New Years resolutions we invite you come an try it out.
Blossom and Clarksville receive Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Recreational Trail Grants
On May 24, 2012 at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Austin, Texas, the City of Blossom Rail Trail project was awarded $100,000.00 to construct a 1.5-mile, 12’ wide, all weather asphalt pedestrian/bicycle Trail form their west to east city limits and the City of Clarksville Gate to Texas Trail project was awarded a $128,000.00 to construct a 2.0-mile crushed aggregate pedestrian/bicycle Trail from their west to east city limits via the TPW Recreational Trail Fund. Of Eighty-one projects that were submitted for funding consideration requesting over $11.0 million in financial assistance., they were among the 27 recommended projects. This will add another 1.5 miles to our Paris, Reno, Lamar County Trail system for a total linear length of 12-miles and add 3.5-miles to our Northeast Texas Trail from Farmersville to New Boston.
Butterfly Garden on the Trail
Visit the Garden in the center of the PJC corridor, accessible from 24th street, to see the plants bursting with Spring growth. Our Garden includes some of the nectar plants that attract butterflies. Among them are the Butterfly Bush, Aster, Phlox, Purple coneflower, Bee Balm, Coreopsis, Shasta Daisy, and Salvias that will be blooming soon.
The Monarchs will be drawn to the Butterfly weed that is beginning to break through. Monarchs contain cardiac glycosides, which can make birds violently ill after eating the butterfly. Their bright color serves as a reminder of their bad taste to deter a predator. In some cases, good-tasting species have evolved to look like bad-tasting species and benefit from this type of mimicry. This is probably true of the Viceroy butterfly that looks much like the Monarch.
We don’t recommend you do any taste tests! Just Come and Look.
The Reno Rail Trail has a new look! They have installed 1/10 mile markers from their west to east city limits. Come and check it out.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant, private donations, and City of Paris sponsorship pave way for Trail de Paris expansion into west Paris
The Paris City Council unanimously approved accepting a $200,000 Recreational Trails Grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife for the extension of the Trail de Pairs approximately eight-tenths of a mile to the west — from SE 8th to SW 4th. It's the gateway to extend the Trail into the downtown and historical districts, and west Paris. It will establish future Trail links to Heritage Park, Lamar County Historical Museum, Justiss Elementary School via the Paris Independent School’s Safe Route to School Grant, Leon Williams Park, the Boys and Girls Club of Red River Valley facilities, and the TG Givens Elementary School.
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TRAIL EXTENDING TO BLOSSOM
Lamar County accepts the $200,000.00 National Recreational Trails Grant awarded to them by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to extend the current successful Trail system another 3.19 miles from Reno's east city limit to the City of Blossom. For an accurate account of the proceedings, please visit ------- http://eparisnews.com/ website and scroll down on the right to Our Great Outdoors and click on Commissioners Vote to Support Trail Expansion.
The Reno Rail Trail is officially open for business.
City of Reno has official opening celebration of their Reno Rail Trail. Please visit http://eparisnews.com/ website and scroll down on the right and click on Our Great Outdoors then click on "Trail Expansion Continues" for the opening ceremony and pictures.
Trail de Paris Solar System
George Leonberger and members of the Valley of the Caddo Star Gazers club have found a unique way to demonstrate the vast expanse of our solar system for those who aren't astronomers by nature.
Using Trail de Paris as the backdrop, the organization has constructed a solar system model to scale.
The Trail de Paris Solar System starts with a ‘Sun' on the trail pavement behind Paris Junior College at 24th Street.
Using a 42-inch "sun," each planet of the system outward is painted at the scaled distance and size, with Pluto 2.8 miles down the trail at the east city limits of Paris.
At scale, earth is 376 feet away from the sun and the size of a marble (3/8 inch), and earth's moon - now the size of a BB shot - is one foot away from earth.
Mars, which is shown by a quarter inch circle, can be found at the Butterfly Gardens behind PJC.
Jupiter is 4 and 3/8 inches around and positioned behind the police station.
Neptune is located near where the trail crosses Old Clarksville Road and is just 1 1/2 inches around.
Dwarf planet Pluto is represented by a tiny dot smaller than a "BB" shot.
Everyone is invited to stroll among the planets on the Trail de Paris Solar System.
Lamar County and City of Paris awarded 2011 Texas Parks and Wildlife Recreational Trail Grants.
May 27, 2011 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $3,318,450 million to fund 21 National Recreational Trail Grant projects in communities across the state. The Lamar County and City of Paris Trail projects were among the awardees.
In all, 60 eligible projects totaling more than $9 million were submitted for new trail funding. The 10-member Texas Statewide Trails Advisory Board reviewed the proposals and developed a list of recommended projects for funding based on the quality of the project, its cost effectiveness, its impact on recreational trail opportunities and geographic distribution of funds.
The National Recreational Trails Fund comes from a portion of the federal gas tax generated by the sale of gasoline for use in off-road recreational vehicles such as dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Money from the trail fund goes toward the creation and maintenance of motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.
The program provides 80-20 matching grants, so that in each case the grant recipient must pay for 20 percent of the total project cost. Dollar amounts shown below are 80 percent of the project cost.
Lamar – Lamar County, $200,000, to construct a 3.18-mile extension of the Prairiland Recreational Trail and install bollards, bridges and signs.
Lamar – City of Paris, $200,000, to build a 0.8-mile asphalt extension to the Central Paris Trail, and install culverts, road crossings and fencing.
Lamar County and the City of Paris, the TPW grant sponsors, partnered with the “Friends of the Trail” to prepare and submit the 2011 TPW Recreational Trail grant applications.
The Lamar County $240,000.00 grant will aid in extending the current Paris/Reno Trail system another 3.18-miles from Reno’s east city limit to Blossom’s west city-limit. The Martha, David and Bagby Lennox Foundation, RAM Foundation, First Federal Community Foundation, and Keep Paris Beautiful provided the cash match for this grant. The Greater Paris Development Foundation, Lamar County and the Private sector will provide in-kind matches.
The City of Paris $240,000.00 grant will aid in extending the Trails network westward into Central Paris another 0.8-mile from 8th SE Street to 4th SW Street. The First Federal Community Foundation, Paris Legacy Foundation, and Liberty National Bank, Guaranty Bond Bank of Paris, and Lamar National Bank provided the cash match for this grant. Crossroads Properties Inc., Downtown Investment Group, the City of Paris and the Private sector will provide in-kind matches.
These will be the 4th and 5th TPW Recreational Trail Funds awarded to our Trail System;
2007-City of Paris-Grant Sponsor, partnered with “Friends of the Trail” to prepare and submit $189,900.00 Trail de Paris East extension application.
2008-City of Paris-Grant Sponsor, partnered with “Friends of the Trail” to prepare and submit $150,000.00 Trail de Paris west extension application.
2009-City of Reno-Grant Sponsor, partnered with “Friends of the Trail” to prepare and submit $108,986.40 Reno Trail extension application.
2011-Lamar County-Grant sponsor, partnered with “Friends of the Trail” to prepare and submit $240.000.00 Prairiland Trail application.
2011-City of Paris-Grant Sponsor, partnered with friends of the Trail’ to prepare and submit $240,000.00 Central Paris trail extension.
North Lamar High School Students participate in United Way Day of Caring
by volunteering their time on the Trail de Paris.
Left to Right - Dayton Thibodeaux, Khadija Hall, Tori Sullivan and Jacob King
They painted over graffiti on the Trail and on the 271 bridge underpass where Paris Junior College students had previously designed and painted a mural.
These students and adult volunteers also picked up trash along the Trail after completing the painting project.