On June 30, 2006 Belton Mayor Jim Covington and City Manager Sam Listi ‘snipped’ the ceremonial barbed wire to officially open the Nolan Creek Hike & Bike Trail. Barbed wire was used in place of the traditional red ribbon to keep with the Chisholm Trail theme that can be seen throughout the project. Also in attendance were current and past City Council Members and Mayors, a former City Manager, representatives of the Texas Department of Transportation, representatives of Barsh Company, representatives from Kasberg, Patrick & Associates, LP and a hundred or so citizens of Belton.
Construction on the $1.78 million, 1.5 mile trail began in early September of 2005. The project consisted of 1.5 miles of a 10’ concrete trail, 500’ of retaining walls, six pocket parks, two parking lots, seven box culvert crossings, a pedestrian bridge and a low water crossing of Nolan Creek.