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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.19 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan Hike-and-Bike Trails Both citizens and CPAC members expressed a strong interest in and need for hike-and-bike trails of at least 10 feet in width within Melissa. The integration of a trail system in Melissa is strongly supported by this Parks and Trails Plan. There are numerous reasons that such a system would be a positive element for the City. First an integrated cohesive hike-and-bike trail system would set Melissa apart from other communities in the area no other city in the vicinity has such a system. Second trails are a recreation amenity that can be used and enjoyed by all age groups which is not true of a playground or ballpark all citizens young and old benefit from the availability of trails. And third it has been proven in recent studies that property values are positively affected by being in proximity to a trail people are generally willing to pay an increased amount for such a residence. A recent survey6-1 supports this. Urban trails are regarded as an amenity that helps to attract buyers and to sell property. For residents of single-family homes adjacent to a trail o 29 percent believed that the existence of the trail would increase the selling price of their home and 43 percent said it would have no effect o 57 percent of the residents felt that the trail would make the home easier to sell with 36 percent saying no effect o 57 percent of these residents had lived in their homes prior to construction of the trail o 29 percent of those surveyed were positively influenced by the trail in their decision to buy the home. o Results were similarly positive for residents who lived near but not adjacent to the trail. General Considerations Pedestrian access between parks public spaces and neighborhoods can enhance citizens sense of community. This type of access can also provide a means for residents to move through the community and meet their neighbors and can provide a safe way to increase the mobility of children and the elderly. A functional network of hike-and-bike trails will provide Melissa with a uniqueness allowing the City to set 5-1 Suzanne Webel Trail Effects on Neighborhoods Home Value Safety Quality of Life Boulder Area Trails Coalition Resources and Library Directory ADDRESS httpamericantrails.orgresourcesadjacentsumadjacent.html.