Footbridge/Trail Group Releases Fact Sheet

The coalition working on drafting a footbridge and trail planning document for the Rio Grande corridor in Truth or Consequences today released a fact sheet to inform the community:

The text of the sheet reads:

In late 2019 the City of Truth or Consequences was awarded a planning grant from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program for the purpose of developing a 3 mile trail route on the east side of the Rio Grande from Rotary Park south to Williamsburg, and a complementary multi-use trail system on adjacent federal lands.
When completed, this Trail Network would:
 Let you hike, bike, run on a riverside trail from TorC to Williamsburg
 Provide public lands access on the east side of the Rio Grande
 Become part of the Rio Grande Trail – a 500 mile cross-state recreational trail
 Improve the paddling and tubing river access from Elephant Butte Dam to Williamsburg
 Teach about the pre-historical and historical settlements along the Rio Grande valley
 Increase river conservation efforts through education and habitat improvement projects
 Improve quality of life for residents by supporting healthy, active lifestyles
 Boost our adventure tourism opportunities

A project planning team has formed and it serves as a community voice for the project, assuring we explore all good opportunities and understand and address community concerns. The planning team’s primary task is to develop a “trail concept plan” in 12 months which will be hopefully
adopted by various local governments and land management agencies.
Our planning principles include:
 Respecting private property interests along the
proposed trail corridor
 Listening to and addressing community concerns
 Keeping the community informed
 Working with all federal and state land management
planning processes to assure our project goals align
with various resource or administrative policies of those