Residents fight to keep Circle Trail out of lakefront properties

Town hall meeting at Larry’s Marine Center where more than 20 residents discussed the Circle Trail
Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 11:49 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls residents who own businesses and homes along Lakeshore Drive are standing up against the city of Wichita Falls as they plan to continue building the Circle Trail.

There was a town hall meeting at Larry’s Marine Center where more than 20 residents gathered to ask questions and discuss Circle Trail, something they say they simply just don’t want coming through their lakefront properties.

“We sit on our back porch a lot and we don’t want to lose our view of the lake. So we’d much rather have it in the front yard,” said Pamela Morath, homeowner.

However, city of Wichita Falls officials say putting a trail in the front would mean fixing the road in addition to adding the trails, which would cost more money. In an effort to stop the building of the trail, the Morath’s have gone as far as re-surveying their own land.

“The city would like to think that we bought land adjacent to the lake, not lakefront property. However, when you look at our stakes for what the lake was back in 1995 prior to them lowering the dam,” said Gary Morath, homeowner.

During the townhall meeting, it was announced that the city has run out of funds as stakes that mark off where that trail will be have stopped just a few miles from Larry’s Marine Center.

“They are applying for more money from TxDOT or a grant or something, we’re not exactly sure where the money is coming from,” said Morath.

Charles Barrett, Post Commander of VFW Legion Post 169, said while the progress has stopped for now, it may be too late for their posts and the veterans they help.

“We’re working on shoestrings and everything we get we have fundraisers for just like every American Legion. We don’t have the money to go out and get another survey that takes away from our programs that we’re doing,” said Barrett.

However, he does find comfort in knowing he’s not the only one fighting.

“I didn’t realize until I walked in here, then I said ‘wow’ and it is so good,” said Barrett.

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