Norris Design Wins CLIDE Award for Bobcat Trail at Traditions Field Master Plan

Posted on June 24, 2021

Norris Design recently received a Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments Center of Development Excellence. “The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), together with private and public partners, works to help create a sustainable North Texas that is recognized nationwide as a center of development excellence. [Their] goal is for North Texas to be a region where residents, businesses, and visitors enjoy a built environment that creates a true sense of place; uses water, energy, and environmental resources effectively and efficiently; protects a diversity of habitats; reduces vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and supports public health and quality of life. To achieve these aims, regional leaders have adopted Principles of Development Excellence and NCTCOG carries out various strategic initiatives. These include the CLIDE Awards Program.” (NCTCOG website/)

The Bobcat Trail at Traditions Field Master Plan was recognized by jurors as a project that greatly exemplifies one or more of the Principles of Development Excellence as defined by NCTCOG. Located in downtown Celina, the trail encompasses approximately 25 acres of land in the eastern limits of downtown and is centered around Doe Branch and the soon-to-be-replaced Bobcat High School Football Stadium. The Celina Trails Master Plan completed by Norris Design in 2019 identifies this creek as a primary greenbelt trail corridor linking neighborhoods to the south with downtown.

Additionally, the Celina Downtown Master Plan looks at this area to change over time to include on-street parking, wide sidewalks, patio homes, multi-story living and shared public space. The master plan establishes a single vision for the creek corridor that capitalizes upon the existing football stadium and its history while adding trails and public recreation amenities that draw in residents from across the City. Multiple vacant parcels and City-owned land are proposed to be combined into the greater project area for this long-term plan, adding value to the area and serving as a catalyst for redevelopment.

According to an article from the Celinda Record, design is expected to begin in late 2021 or early 2022 and the first piece of the trail is expected to be under construction in early 2023.

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