City of Tyler recognized by Texas Trails Network

Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:09 - Written by Staff Reports

Various local entities have received recognition from the Texas Trails Network, the city of Tyler announced.

According to a news release, Texas Trails Network recently honored the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department, the Tyler Bicycle Club, Smith County Court at Law No. 3 and All Saints Episcopal School with the “Great Texas Two Step Award” for their work with the Lindsey Park Mountain Bike Trail.

Based on the nomination, the trail was constructed by volunteers and opened in January 2013.

“Community partnerships and involvement are important in our community,” Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings said in a statement. “This award is an example of how working together brings success.”  

About the time that the trail was being developed, Tyler Bicycle Club members sought permission to use Smith County Jail inmates as part of their labor force. Bicycle club members Billy Hibbs Jr. and Trey Bryant also received permission from the Tyler parks board for use of the land. 

Trail work was significantly moved forward through assistance from Smith County Court at Law No. 3 Judge Floyd Getz, according to a news release, and thanks to his help, crews of two to three dozen people would come out to complete their community service hours. All Saints students also volunteered time on a Saturday to do trail work. 

“Each crew was supervised by one or more bike club volunteers and assigned to clear a different section of the trail. It amazed me how much we were able to get done that way in such a short time,” Getz said in a statement. “Many of the folks that were initially court-ordered to be out there on certain dates came back out again on our later work days simply because they enjoyed getting their hours that way.”

Ms. Rollings said that the project cost was cut by thousands of dollars because volunteer labor was used.

The cost of the design, the land, materials for bridges and the trail, erosion control, and promotion of the trail was paid for by the city of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department. 

After the Lindsey Park Mountain Bike Trail was added, Tyler became “one of the few communities in the country that offers four completely different trail riding experiences,” according to a news release.

“Known as the ‘Four Pedals of the Rose,’ those who ride, run or walk the more than 33 miles of trails at Lindsey Park, Faulkner Park, Tyler State Park and the University of Texas at Tyler can register their accomplishment with the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department and receive a decal proclaiming ‘I Rode the Pedals of the Rose.’ Registrants will also receive a letter of congratulations from Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings,” according to the news release. 

For more information, contact the Parks Administration Office at 903-531-1370 or send an email to parks@tyler