Welcome to The Kerrville River Trail!
The River Trail has been a planned concept in Kerrville since the 1970's and we are proud to see it come to fruition. The River Trail is a day use 10' wide walking and biking trail for public use, which will be an integral part of the city's parks system. With the opening of the first phase of the River Trail from the Riverside Nature Center to Louise Hays Park, the upcoming phases will extend the trail all the way to Kerrville-Schreiner Park, and thereby connecting two of the crown jewels of the city's park system.
Plans to build a multi-purpose public use river trail along the Guadalupe River in Kerrville has occurred since the 1970's. In 2002, voters approved $500,000 in bond funds for the River Trail project which were used to complete master planning and initiate the first phase. Master planning for the River Trail's full length (Kerrville-Schreiner Park to Spur 98 bridge) was completed in 2009.
The Kerrville City Council and the Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) have been working together to fund a variety of utility and quality of life projects to include this addition to the city's park system. Funding for $18 million in utility projects and $8 million in parks and river trail improvements are being planned. The EIC has agreed to use part of its 4B economic development sales tax revenues to fund $1 million in utility improvements, $1 million in parks and river trail improvements, and to make bond payments for the issuance of $7 million to fund parks and river trail improvements. Debt service for the bond funds is being structured so that the impact to the EIC revenues will be minimal.
In 2011, the EIC and City Council approved the aforementioned $6 million for development of the River Trail and $2 million for the Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park improvements, funded solely from the 4B economic development sales tax revenues. The first phase of the Kerrville River Trail began in August 2011 and was completed in December 2012. This segment of the trail is a little over half a mile and extends from the Riverside Nature Center to Tranquility Island at Louise Hays Park.
River Trail - Riverside Nature Center to Louise Hays Park (Package A) -
There are two trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at the Riverside Nature Center, located at 150 Francisco Lemos Street and the second in Tranquility Island. The Tranquility Island trailhead can be accessed from the back entrance of the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library.
The River Trail project has been discussed in Kerrville for many years and this first phase now being opened depicts what the remainder of the trail will include - 10' wide hike / bike trail, interpretive information about the river and area, seating areas, and easy access to scenic sites along the enchanting Guadalupe River. After much anticipating, it's finally coming to life. Come explore the very first segment of the Kerrville River Trail!
River Trail Segment - Louise Hays Park to G Street (Package B) - NOW OPEN!
This segment of the River Trail is currently under construction and will ultimately be a little over 1 mile. It connects to Package A and will extend from Louise Hays Park to G Street. There are three trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at Lehmann & Monroe Park, one at the west end of the park, and one at G Street (near the bridge).
The contractor for this project is Zimmerman Construction Company.
River Trail Segment - G Street to Kerrville-Schreiner Park (Package F) - NOW OPEN!
This segment of the River Trail is just a little over 2 miles. It connects to Package B and will extend from G Street to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. There are two trailheads for this segment of the trail, one at G Street (near the bridge) and one at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.
The contractor for this project is G, G, & G General Construction Company.
Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park Improvement Project
The park improvements include:
- an interactive fountain plaza;
- shade structures;
- new restrooms;
- improvements to the large pavilion and an additional new pavilion;
- improvements to the Centennial stage including a shade canopy and dance floor;
- addition of a new covered playscape;
- new dog park with large dog and small dog areas;
- improved parking to be located throughout the park, including shaded parking under the Sidney Baker Bridge; and
- The River Trail has been extended, creating a total length of four miles from Kerrville-Schreiner Park to the Riverside Nature Center. Trailheads are at Kerrville-Schreiner Park, G St., Lehmann & Monroe Park, Louise Hays Park, and the Riverside Nature Center.
About the Project
Louise Hays Park and Lehmann & Monroe Park closed in August 2013 to accommodate a utility project with the addition of a 16" water transmission main and 21" gravity sewer main. The utility lines ultimately route from Lemos Street to G Street which ties into larger utility projects for city wide capacity. The River Trail and Park Improvement projects began following the completion of the utility projects. The three projects were coordinated and scheduled consecutively to minimize cost and total impact to the public.
With the completion of the Park Improvements and River Trail, Kerrville now has a public space that are destinations for daily park activity, river access and concessions, places for exercise and viewing nature, home to numerous special events, and gathering places for large group outings. Each facility in the park meets current building code and access requirements and will have something for all ages and interests.
How is This Project Funded?
The Park Improvements and River Trail Project are both funded via bond issuance through the City of Kerrville’s Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC). The EIC oversees the 4B sales tax fund of the 1/2 cent sales tax. The 4B fund can be used for economic improvement projects that create primary jobs or for quality-of-life projects. Click here for more information about the EIC.
How Can I Find Out More About the Park Project?
For more information about the Louise Hays and L&M Parks Project, please contact the
Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department.