Keep Stephenville Beautiful and the National Park Service will give an update on its progress of the Bosque River Trail next week, giving the community an opportunity to look at the project's master plan.

"This is a community-based project. It was born in the community and it's been led by the community. Therefore we think the community should come and see the progress," Mayor Kenny Weldon said. "It's important for the community to understand what's going on and get excited about it."

The trail, which is currently a mile and half long, recently received a Local Project Advance Funding Agreement from TxDOT which could help the project receive a grant for $1,401,652 from federal participation.

More than 20 private and public organizations are involved with the trail.

"I really think that those who attend the event will be extremely impressed with the work these people have done," he said. "I think they'll be excited about how the project is going to celebrate and preserve the Bosque River within our community."

On top of the trail offering exercise and recreation to the community, there are also education and restoration efforts planned for the future with Stephenville schools and students from Tarleton State University.

The open house will feature a short presentation of the master plan, feedback will be provided and Kathryn Nichols, a National Parks Service community planner, will also be in attendance.

"The Bosque River is an important part of our community's history and for us to come together and celebrate our commitment to the river is extremely noteworthy," Weldon said.

The open house will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Graham Street Church of Christ Family Center.