Texas Township wins 2012 APWA Southwest Branch Project Award
December 17, 2012
Prein&Newhof is happy to announce that the Texas Township Farmer’s Market, Trailhead, and Trail project has won the American Public Works Association Southwest Branch Project Award.
Texas Township is one of the fastest-growing communities in the greater Kalamazoo region. With only one park, Texas Township offered fewer recreational opportunities than its neighbors. Demand for that park was so high that reservations to use its facilities had a one-year backlog! Township officials wanted to change that. This $560,000 project—a new Trailhead, farmer’s market, and non-motorized trail—would address local recreational, public gathering and other needs.
Texas Township Hall is located near the intersection of 8th Street and Q Avenue, commonly known as “Texas Corners.” Texas Corners is the social, commercial and physical center of Texas Township. The Farmer’s Market, Pavilion, a restroom, and a new playground all are adjacent to the Township Hall. The new, universally accessible non-motorized trail starts there and connects to Texas Drive Park, the Township’s only park, and further to Al Sabo Preserve. Along the way, it passes the Applegate and Rudgate Farms subdivisions. Eventually it will connect these users with 12th Street Elementary School, the Kal-Haven State Park Trail and the Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway.
The Al Sabo preserve is a 741-acre water conservation and wellhead protection area owned by the City of Kalamazoo. There, hiking trails, six miles of mountain bike trails, and observation decks provide users both recreational and relaxation opportunities.
Congratulations to Texas Township and all who worked to make this project happen!
- Category: Public Works Project of the Year – Quality of Life Less Than $1 Million
- Project Name: Farmers Market Trailhead & Trail
- Owner: Charter Township of Texas
- Consulting Engineer: Prein & Newhof
- Contractor: Katerberg Verhage