Up to $12 million may be spent in an effort to enhance the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park in southeast El Paso.
That, anyway, is a recommendation drawn from a feasibility study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers looking at the restorative possibilities of the historic wetlands.
The Corps study has also recommended that at least $80,000 of the $12 million should be devoted to building recreational features in the park, which is located at 10716 Socorro Road.
Those recreational features would include the construction of a trail shelter, interpretative signage, and improvements to already-existing access to the park, and trails within its borders.
Restoration efforts in the 372-acre park will additionally entail enhancing an existing 55 acres of seasonal wetlands, with the goal of making them wet year-around; and creating 1.4 acres of new emergent wetlands.
A proposal has also been made for restoring 45 acres of cottonwood-willow riparian habitat; and improving the park’s water delivery infrastructure.
An exact timetable for when work on the park may begin has yet to be announced, pending the securing of federal funds.
By Garry Boulard
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