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City Park Funding To Give Residents More Room To Roam

  The Solidago Trail presents a golden opportunity for interaction with neighbors and nature.

Colleyville’s 27-acre McPherson Park, bordered on three sides by David Bagwell Company’s Westmont, Whittier Heights and Old Grove developments, recently received the City Council’s approval for $1.8 million in improvements. According to Colleyville Parks and Recreation director, Monica Walsh, the first phase of construction is set to commence in January 2007 and is scheduled for completion in the coming summer.

Phase one improvements will include open play areas, a pond, a concrete parking lot, basketball and sand volleyball courts, a pavilion, a playground, and, most notably for Bagwell neighborhood residents, concrete hike-and-bike trails. These trails will link up with The Solidago Trail, a one and three quarter mile pedestrian- and cycle-friendly circuit that already courses around and through the scenic vistas and natural beauty preserved and enhanced by the developer in his contiguous developments.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the impending improvements to McPherson Park,” Bagwell remarked. “The new, city park will certainly be a wonderful neighbor to our developments and a convenient resource for our residents, but I am particularly thrilled that the city has opted to connect its trail system within the park with The Solidago Trail. Hopefully easy access to the trail from a public park will encourage more and more people to experience it.”

Named for the “Solidago” or “Goldenrod” plant, a native wildflower that grows in abundance in our area, The Solidago Trail is far more than merely an avenue for exercise. It offers those who traverse its winding route a pastoral glimpse at nature’s bounty. From the shady trek through the last remnants of the fabled “Cast Iron Forest” to the bucolic stretch of trail that parallels a flowing portion of Big Bear Creek to the perimeter section that’s overarched by an often fragrant, vine-covered pergola, this path is a naturalist’s dream come true. Replete with hand hewn benches, unexpected overlooks and strategically placed observation points, The Solidago Trail affords the casual passerby serendipitous access to a wide array of flora, fauna and wildlife.

The Solidago Trail, highlighted in gold, courses around and through four David Bagwell Company developments and McPherson Park.  

The now imminent installation connecting pathways in McPherson Park isn’t the only noteworthy trail enhancement of late. Bagwell, an arborist at heart, recently planted over 200 specimen trees along the picturesque Old Grove section of The Solidago Trail. This type of wholesale forestation should come as no surprise to those already familiar with the developer’s sylvan neighborhoods. In fact, the trail already meanders through the 1,000-tree Millennium Grove previously planted by Bagwell’s busy landscape team.

Highly sought after tree species included in this most recent planting include nuttall oak, swamp white oak, scarlet oak, American Elm, Compton oak, swamp chestnut oak, overcup oak, cherry bark oak, pin oak, curly leaf dogwood, and white and raspberry American Beauty Berry.

Also visible from The Solidago Trail, wildflowers consisting of Red Corn Poppy, Rocket Larkspur, Drummond Phlox, Indian Blanket, Plains Coreopsis, Lemon Mint, Texas Bluebonnet, and Black-eyed Susan will cover and color the banks of the North Pond in Whittier Heights in early spring.

“The Solidago Trail is the golden thread interwoven throughout the rich ‘neighborhood tapestry’ we’ve carefully planned and implemented,” Bagwell concludes. “And, the fact that alternate routes through McPherson Park will soon be provided should make the experience even more enjoyable and enriching.”

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