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Come Visit the Butterfly Gardens located on the Trail de Paris PJC Corridor
As Mother Nature provides us with Spring flowers, we will know which new plants are needed.
We have updated
"You’ve Been Spotted"
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.
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
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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;
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.
Take note that a revised city ordinance has set new trail hours for the Trail de Paris from 30 mins before dawn to 30 mins after dusk. The Paris Police Dept and Citizens on Patrol will be regularly seen on the trail so give them a big thank you when you see them. Also, dogs are now allowed “on a leash”. Please stay to the right and pick up after your dog to keep our trail beautiful.
Check out the new Trail de Paris t-shirt design. It comes in long ($15) or short ($10) sleeve and can be purchased at the "Store" link above or at the Downtown Chamber of Commerce location at 8 West Plaza.
PJC art students, under the direction of instructor Susan Moore, complete the south facing mural under the overpass along the Trail. They also gave a "facelift" to the opposite side that was previously crafted by Jeremy Gray. Students who participated include Brent Dollins, Misti Flanary, Kaylon Merrill, Courtney Paul, Maria Rosas, and Isabel Torres. Local painter and Friend of the Trail, Johnny Meredith, also helped with the project. Enjoy their handiwork and gift to you as you traverse the Trail.