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City of Melissa Texas 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Page 6.32 Chapter 6 Parks and Trails Plan o Easements for trails along floodplains and creeks should be provided on relatively flat land see Figure 6-4. If the easement is provided on heavily sloped land construction of a trail length may be cost prohibitive for the City given that ADA requirements must be met. A specific engineered cross section much like an engineered street cross section of how an easement should be provided along floodplains and creeks should be created using the figure above as a guide. This cross section should then be incorporated into the Citys subdivision regulations. Policy 7 Work With Other Governmental Entities to Provide Cost-Effective Quality Parks and Trails Inter-jurisdictional cooperation is strongly supported by this Parks and Trails Plan. The City has a proven ability to work with surrounding cities such as Anna as well as Collin County. PT7.1 The City should investigate ways in which it can work with Collin County to provide parks and trails. For example Collin County has funding available to area cities for various types of projects including parks. Matching funds from the cities is often a requirement for Collin County funds. Melissa has been fortunate to receive some of these funds in the past and should continue to try to procure aid from the County to provide local parks and trails. PT7.2 The City should work with the Melissa Independent School District to provide parks and trails. The school district has to provide recreational facilities on-site for its students. Therefore it is a mutually beneficial situation financially for the City and the MISD to work together on the funding and utilization of parks that will provide facilities that both students and citizens-at-large can use. PT7.3 The City should investigate ways in which it can work with adjacent communities to provide parks and trails. Provision of park and trail facilities is not inexpensive and community parks are especially costly given the common elements provided e.g. sports fields. The development of a community park on the tract of land along State Highway 121 could be more economically feasible in a shorter period of time if the adjacent city of Anna participated. This would be a mutually beneficial situation providing Anna with a community park nearby that it can use and providing Melissa with a new community park in the short-term. The trail system that is part of the extensive floodplain on the western boundary of the City is adjacent to the City of McKinney. When this trail is specifically designed and engineered Melissa should try to work with McKinney to achieve connections with McKinneys trail system. This would provide a regional trail connection between Melissa and McKinney increasing the chances that this trail would provide an alternative to the automobile for users in both cities.