Cedar Creek Waterway

The City of Abilene is working with the Cedar Creek Waterway Development Corporation, a local nonprofit organization, to develop the greenbelt stretching from Kirby Lake to Lake Ft. Phantom into a series of park spaces linked by hiking, biking, and jogging trails.

Abilene voters have voiced their support for this project through the passage of Proposition 8 of the 2015 bond package, which provides $1,490,000 toward the development of the project.

As of fall 2019, the City of Abilene continues to work with property owners including Union Pacific Railroad and AEP Texas to acquire necessary property and easements for the waterway. 

Learn more about the vision and plans for Cedar Creek Waterway at www.cedarcreekwaterway.org.

An artist's map showing a bird's eye view of the series of parks and trails running north to s



Project Status

Fall 2019 progress

The City of Abilene has reached an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to purchase approximately 16 acres of property that lies on both sides of Cedar Creek. The purchase is set to be completed by the end of 2019. Once the purchase is complete, the City will be able to reapply for a Crossing Agreement from Union Pacific Railroad for the trail to cross their remaining property along the tracks and underneath the railroad trestle. 

The City has also obtained Union Pacific Railroad's approval of pedestrian canopy structure design plans, which the company requires constructed underneath the trestle.

The City will now continue to work with AEP Texas to be able to purchase an area necessary to the trail that crosses through the old West Texas Utility Power Plant property.

The City has also obtained an easement for the trail to cross a large piece of privately owned family property, and have purchased another separate, small piece of privately owned property that the trail will cross.  Additionally, we have recently begun the process of title examination for other properties that will be acquired for the trail project.

StatusDateDetailsTarget Completion
ProgressFall 2019Agreement reached with Union Pacific and private property owners for purchase or easement across land necessary to the trail, and approval obtained from UP on required pedestrian canopy structure.To be determined
ScheduledNovember 2017Land easement procurement continues. Continued discussion with Union Pacific Railroad and American Electric Power (AEP) Texas during this process.To be determined
ScheduledSpring 2016The design of the Cedar Creek Trail section beneath the railroad tracks is complete and is being reviewed by Union Pacific and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some easements along the trail have been obtained, and discussions with property owners continue. If the trail design at the railroad tracks is approved by all parties, easement acquisitions will be completed in Phase 2 and design activities will begin for the rest of the trail system.N/A
Design ProcessSpring 2016Design work is being performed by the local firm of Enprotech/Hibbs and Todd for the trail improvements underneath the railroad tracks near East Highway 80. Once completed, the designs must be approved by the railroad company that operates the tracks.N/A
Abilene residents hike the Cedar Creek Waterway as part of the semi-annual Mayor's hike