Frisco’s Big Bluestem Trail set for opening

After a long wait, the anticipated trail situated at Grand Park will finally be open to the public according to a Local Profile article from October 24. They say, 

“The city of Frisco is almost ready to debut the Big Bluestem Trail within Grand Park. On November 19 the trail will be open to the public.

On opening day the city of Frisco invites residents to join a trail walk at 9 a.m. Registration is mandatory, and the walk will be limited to the first 250 people. A $20 registration fee will allow you to join the trail walk and get a commemorative long-sleeved shirt.

Big Bluestem is a natural, unpaved 12-foot-wide trail that winds its way through undeveloped parkland for just over two miles. Work is currently underway to install a temporary road, parking, and lighting off Cotton Gin Road between Legacy Drive and Dallas Parkway, and will extend through Grand Park to Stonebrook Parkway.”

Of course, city officials are quite proud of the project that poses both motivation to the citizens and attraction to people from other cities according to a Dallas Morning News article from October 27 which reads, 

“We’re so excited to welcome the community to start exploring this trail,” Mayor Jeff Cheney said in the news release. “Our city has aspired to develop Grand Park for many years. In fact, the idea of Grand Park is one of the projects that inspired me to run for city council. I believe this trail marks the beginning of developing a legacy park destined to become one of our city’s greatest attractions for residents, visitors and future generations.”

“Keep in mind, Grand Park is a multi-year development project,” Shannon Coates, director of Parks and Recreation, said in the news release. “In Phase 1, we’re keeping it simple by providing access to a beautiful walking trail and natural, open space.”

For the meantime, the trail will not be able to accommodate bikes, strollers and even pets as it remains unpaved.