Tree dedicated to woman instrumental in developing Bosque River Trail

Josh Harville jharville@empiretribune.com
From left: Jeremy Allen, Alisa Terrell Starbird, Kenny Weldon, Metta Collier, Cynthia Inman, Kathryn Nichols, Jill Burk, Dennis Jones, Brad Mills, Cary Strohmeyer and Michele Dunkerley.

The city of Stephenville and Keep Stephenville Beautiful hosted a tree dedication ceremony at City Park to honor Kathryn Nichols’ dedication to the community through the National Parks Service.

The tree is a Bur Oak and is located west of the Graham Street bridge between the trail and the river and is marked with a plaque.

“It’s really special because I made such great friends here,” Nichols said. “I appreciate being honored, but they did a lot of the work. It’s a community effort.”

Don’t let Nichols’ modesty shadow the enormity of the project. After all there’s a reason she is being honored by a symbol that will last generations to come. She worked on the planning and development of the Bosque River Trail Corridor for two years.

“We did a comprehensive plan to prioritize the next phases and build community support,” Nichols said.

“It’s a huge deal,” said Metta Collier of Keep Stephenville Beautiful. “There are big plans for the trail.”

The project, still in the beginning stages of execution, is planned to connect City Park with Tarleton’s campus and over to Jaycee Park with the idea to decrease automotive traffic and increase biking as transportation through town as well as providing more trails for running and walking, according to Collier.

Director of Community Services Jeremy Allen said a ribbon cutting is planned in August.

“From the beginning it was a perfect match for our community,” Mayor Kenny Weldon said. “It’s been one great thing after another.”