Los Fresnos News

CaraCara Trail construction project completed

Oralia Fernandez, superintendent with the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, addresses the crowd during the ribbon cutting. Photos: Tony Vindell / LFN

By TONY VINDELL
LFN

Construction of Cara Cara Trail has been completed.

The 1.8 mile trail on the west side of the Palo Alto Historical Battlefield Park held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, Nov. 18 thus marking the completion of the project that began in April of this year.

The trail is named after a bird of prey usually seen in this region of the country and as far as Central America.

Oralia Fernandez, the park’s new superintendent, said the park trail is going to be a destination for bikers, runners and bird watchers.

Los Fresnos City Manager Mark Milum said the trail marks another milestone of a project that will link several communities.

“This is a win-win project,” he said. “We would like to thank all the partners involved in this important endeavor.”

The trail is part of another project that encompasses 248 miles that goes from Brownsville to Los Fresnos, Port Isabel, the south part of the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Arroyo City, Rio Hondo, Harlingen, San Benito, Los Indios and back to Brownsville.

It’s to be built in phases.

Crews with SAMES, a McAllen company contracted to build the trail, were in charge of the construction that runs along FM 1847, also known as Paredes Line Road.

The new Cara Cara Trail provides a new venue for bikers, joggers and bird watchers.

The new trail is a joint venture from the private and public sectors and the 10 municipalities partnering in the project.

Los Fresnos City Manager Mark Milam had said the trail project has been in the works for several years.

He also said the city has $700,000 in a fund to develop a new trail to link the two communities.

A total of $200,000 came from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and $500,000 from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation.

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