Many in Midland/Odessa want more places to do things outdoors, with so many nice days a year in the area, it is a good place to be outside and soon a multi-purpose trail will be opening.

According to NewsWest 9, Tuesday (January 26, 2021), Midland City Council approved a lease agreement next to the fire training center for a multi-purpose trail.

The Permian Basin Bicycle Association was given as the organization to use the property which has a pond and many trees to create seven miles of beginner and intermediate single track trails and a wider two mile perimeter trail.

“When we were on the campaign trail the biggest thing we heard was we want more quality of life in Midland," Jack Ladd, Midland City Councilman for District 3, said. "We want more outdoor activities and this thing covers the whole gamut. I mean it’s got hiking, biking, it’s got shade, it’s got a water feature, it’s dog-friendly.”

The best feature of the trail is that it is far away from busy roads, a huge plus especially with all the oilfield traffic in the area.

“There’s so much oil field traffic here and there have been so many accidents," said Stephen Mitchell, Permian Basin Bicycle Association Mountain Bike Director. "I think that’s why people are gravitating towards off-road biking."

The other great thing is it will be no cost to taxpayers in any way.

The trail is expected to open in April 2021.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, go to the West Texas Trail Alliance website.

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