|Ozark Greenways | Trails|
Let’s envision a community with an interconnected system of parks, natural areas, greenbelts, greenways and trails as part of the developing landscape in and around San Marcos. A system that would incorporate land that protects our natural resources with land that is often ignored, neglected and found between our developed places.
The connections can be imagined as a linear greenway system that weaves together the existing open space, bike and pedestrian facilities. In some cases the greenways might serve as trail corridors connecting the places where we live, work, learn, shop and play. Trails separated from roads provide a healthy, safe and inviting way to move throughout our city as a pedestrian, cyclist, child in a stroller or as someone in a wheel chair experiencing our natural landscape and heritage along the way.
The greenway system in combination with our parks and natural areas will serve as part of our effort to protect our creeks, rivers, water supply and native habitat for plants and animals. It can help reduce the impacts from severe flooding and provide many other health and safety benefits that nature offers to those who protect it and keep it close by.
Threading natural corridors, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide, through our built environment will improve the real value of our homes and businesses by adding a look and feel to our city that attracts visitors and keeps its residents. We see healthier people enjoying a healthier economy as San Marcos grows.
Those who came before us would be honored and those who come after us will be grateful if we protect our heritage while creating a landscape that helps us all live healthier, happier, more prosperous lives.