Construction on First Phase of Paso Del Norte Trail Underway

Construction is underway for the first segment of the Borderland’s largest, connected walking trail: The Paso Del Norte Trail.

Jordan-Foster Construction received the green light to begin construction of 3.4 miles of the Playa Drain Trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park. Construction will begin on the Ascarate Park side of the trail and move in one-mile segments until completed.

The Playa Drain Trail is a partnership of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, City of El Paso and El Paso Water.

According to PDNHF officials, the 3.4-mile trail “will offer opportunity for recreation and physical activity (walking/biking) for use by residents throughout the region and as an alternative to driving for near-by residents, and part of the Health Foundation’s commitment to making active living the easy choice for residents in the region.”

The Health Foundation is contributing $2.5 million for the design and construction of the trail from Ascarate Park to Riverside High School. The City of El Paso is contributing $300,000 from the Quality of Life Bond for trail amenities like benches and shade structures, as well as lighting for the project.

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the trail once completed. El Paso Water purchased the Playa Drain for storm water management and is allowing for its public use as a trail.

The trail is set to be complete by the end of August. For construction updates, visit