Seguin, Texas

November 23-24, 2013

Local Coordinating Organization: City of Seguin

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Workshop Challenge: This workshop focused on the design of a new section of the waterfront Walnut Branch Creek Trail, located in a low-income community suffering from high rates of obesity and limited options for walking, biking, or transit. Workshop sessions addressed the value of public art to enhance trail user experience and celebrate the history and culture of the community, making a more walkable, bike-friendly city and developing a master plan for trail implementation. 

Workshop Outcome: The City of Seguin partnered with the Texas Lutheran University, and The Institute for Public Health and Education Research, Inc to host the workshop. Councilmen, the City’s Mayor, Planning Director, and citizens from many sectors--from the Parks Advisory Board to the local theater--gathered to contribute to a vision for Walnut Springs Park, and for improving Seguin. 

Post-Workshop Accomplishments: The Walnut Springs Trail was completed and unveiled in 2016. The trail runs the extent of the Walnut Branch between Convent Street and New Braunfels Street. The project was funded by a $1.8 million Texas Department of Transportation grant. The trail runs past a number of historic structures and sites with public use potential to Walnut Springs Park in downtown Seguin.

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To learn more about the workshop, and the Walnut Springs Park project, click here.