By Ebonee Coleman Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 10:54 PM CDT

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) – There has been much debate in the past couple of weeks over the completion of the Wichita Falls Circle Trail between residents who say it will destroy their lakefront views, to Wichita Falls city officials who say where those properties stop, the city’s land begins.

Wichita Falls Mayor Stephen Santellana said the completion of the Circle Trail is at a standstill right now since its is funded in phases, and it’s not as simple as some may think.

“Yes, we’ve expended funds for the current trail system but we apply yearly for these grants at TxDOT, we haven’t applied for the grant money to receive it to spend it yet, so I actually heard that and I don’t know where it came from,” said Santellana.

TxDOT funds that Santellana said will only be given toward finishing the trail as long as it stays the course. Which means continuing through the backyards of those who work and live along Lake Wichita.

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