Later this year, local residents will be able to get active on a brand new walking track planned at Tom Griffin Park. An 80/20 matching grant has been awarded by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to fund the project, which may begin in the fall.

“We’ve been awarded,” said Holly Bailey, local resident who wrote the grant request. “No work will start until at least October, when TPWD meets again.”

The idea began in November 2013, when Bailey and local businessman Kelly Mahler approached the Olney City Council with the idea of constructing a nice walking and jogging track at the city’s largest park. The City Council gave its permission for the pair to move forward.

In the grant application, it is stated that the purpose of the new walking track would be to allow Olney to “bring new amenities to its citizens in order to offer families safe places to spend time together while also getting health benefits.”

The soft-surface trail will be 1,800 feet in length and approximately 8 feet wide. It will feature curbing on either side and the walking surface will be made of decomposed granite. The plan is for the trail to make a loop through the north part of Tom Griffin Park, with an option to cross an existing bridge to go into the southern portion of the park. Benches and litter barrels will be placed along the trail, which will also feature lighting.


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