Special to the NEWS
The City of Rio Hondo was recognized Friday, Oct. 17, by the American Planning Association Texas Chapter for outstanding planning for the Rails to Trails Project.
This project was selected among many other cities as the Chapter’s 2014 Project Planning Award. The awards program allows the Texas Chapter to promote the work of planners in the state by recognizing exemplary planning.
Rio Hondo Mayor Gustavo Olivares and City Administrator Ben Medina Jr. traveled to Plano, Texas Friday to accept the prestigious award at the APA Texas Annual Conference.
The conference was attended by more than 900 city planners, city managers and elected officials to hear and discuss urban planning topics in the state and nation.
Mayor Olivares thanked the Chapter President for the special recognition to and acknowledged Medina for developing the plan with the assistance of the students of the Rio Hondo ISD middle and high school. He also emphasized to the audience that projects, such as these, build a sense of community to ensure a “great place to live,” according to a City of Rio Hondo press statement.