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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.21 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan Zadow Park The Old Town area The new Town Center The planned transit stop Existing schools and future school sites The Citys recently purchased large open space area Trail Width and Integration Hike-and-bike trails should be no less than eight feet wide and should be ten feet wide wherever possible. Melissa will have opportunities in the future as development occurs to integrate the trail system in other ways perhaps along a creek or through a park area. However in previously developed areas the City will have to decide the best way in which to establish trails see Parks and Trails Policy 2. Opportunities within existing neighborhoods are more limited and many will likely have to be on-street trails depending primarily upon the amount of right-of-way available. Trail Construction Materials The materials used for trail construction vary widely however some are better than others in terms of maintenance and impact on the pedestrian. Construction materials also must meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA which is another important consideration. Concrete material is the best long-term for maintenance and meets ADA requirements. Although there are concerns about the adverse impacts that long-term walking and running on concrete can have on users other materials sometimes used for trail construction have maintenance and cost issues. For instance asphalt is less expensive than concrete but has proven to be more maintenance-intensive long-term. Another material that could be used is rubberized material usually red or black in color which is low-impact on users and requires only slightly more maintenance than concrete but is cost-prohibitive for most cities.