El Camino Real Event Will Spotlight Floresville History

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville will host an event in a few weeks that will highlight two of the earliest European constructions in the area.

The Trail de Flores Chapter of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association plans to host the association’s annual meeting April 22-23 in Floresville.

The association, dedicated to preserving and promoting the “royal road” throughout Texas, has been working with a number of entities to make more sections of the trail “hikeable.” However, local chapter President Dave Regan notes that the association and the National Park Service have been taking a special interest in activity to develop the section of the trail in Wilson County.

According to Regan, recent developments involving the Floresville El Camino Trail — previously known as the Floresville Hike and Bike Trail — include:

  • Designating a section of the trail within Helton Nature Park
  • Installing interpretive panels at the head of the trail
  • Renewing pedestrian signs along the trail
  • Installing roadside trail-crossing and trailhead directional signs.

“The Trail de Flores Chapter has been spearheading these activities while assessing the feasibility of future trail expansion, making Floresville an ideal and deserving location for the association’s annual meeting,” Regan said….

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FEDC Funds Pecan Park Makeover, and More

by Gregory Ripps, Wilson County News

Floresville Economic Development Corp. board members approved funding for three projects at their March 14 meeting.

The city’s 9-acre Pecan Park will receive an added boost of $15,000, to keep an ongoing improvement project on track.

Completed elements of the project include:

  • Replacing old barbecue pits with 10 new ones
  • Replacing old trash cans with 14 new ones
  • Installing 10 new benches and two new bicycle racks.

Elements soon to be completed:

  • Manicuring the park’s pecan trees
  • Laying large stones around the parking lot to prevent vehicles from driving into the park.

The old posts around the parking lot have already been removed, according to corporation Executive Director Ben Reed.

Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin explained that the additional funds are currently needed because prices for equipment rental and labor have increased since original estimates were made.

“All costs are going up,” he said.

Future phases of the Pecan Park improvements include….

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