POSTED: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 9:14am
BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Commissioner Rose M.Z. Gowen, M.D., and the City of Brownsville’s Planning Department were recognized by the Texas Trails Network (TTN) at the 2014 Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference held in Ft. Worth from March 26-28. The “Trails of Texas” Awards recognize Texans working to create trails that promote recreation, health, economic development and travel opportunities for residents and visitors.
“Texas Trails Network is excited and privileged to recognize Dr. Rose Gowen and the City of Brownsville with these ‘Tales of Texas’ awards,” said Jim Waldbauer, Texas Trail Network board member. “The 2013 Bike and Trail Master Plan is a fantastic planning document that will greatly enhance the community and provide many additional options for travel and recreation in Brownsville. Brownsville is very fortunate to have a champion like Dr. Gowen as part of their planning and development efforts.”
Commissioner Rose M.Z. Gowen, M.D. was awarded the “Great Texas Trail Boss” Service Award. This award recognizes an elected or appointed official, a business, a corporation, a governmental entity staff person or a community volunteer who has demonstrated significant, sustained and consistent support to trail planning, trail development and trail activities or who has led efforts of trail construction or maintenance.
The City of Brownsville’s Planning Department received the “Great Texas Trail Head” Planning and Design Award for its 2013 Bicycle and Trail Master Plan. This award recognizes a completed trail planning or design project demonstrating the use of innovative trail planning/design, while using public input to enhance the trail activities within the project area. Trail projects may have been completed by a public or private entity and must have made a significant impact to the community and/or region.
“These awards reinforce that we are accomplishing our goals of making Brownsville a vibrant, walkable and bike-able community, with transportation options for all age groups and all economic levels,” Gowen said. “Transportation must be accessible, seamless and safe.”