Western Heritage Park Trail
Mineral Wells, TX
- civil engineering
- 50 Acres
Western Heritage Park Trail, also known as WHiP Trail, includes soft surface, hiking, and biking nature trails. The 4.35-mile loop located a few miles north of downtown Mineral Wells, Texas embraces the natural conditions of the area and provides suitable trail alignment for recreation by foot or bike in a cost-effective manner.
Prior to construction, Baird, Hampton & Brown’s Civil Designer Larry Colvin submitted an application with Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) on behalf of Texas Frontier Trails and the Weatherford Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) requesting a $5,000 grant for the project. Not only was the grant awarded, but REI offered to fund a total of $8,000.
Civil engineering and design services were provided, including site visits, aerial photographs and topography, walking the proposed trail route, and completing the final schematic design. A Concept Trail Alignment Exhibit was also included to allow the contractor to adjust trail alignment in order to work with the environment.
Stewarded by WMBC, the goal of the WHiP Trail is to bring mountain biking to a new community. The terrain of Palo Pinto County is unlike what many riders experience in the DFW area and provides trails equipped for all levels of experience. Here at BHB, we hope that the mountain bike community will embrace the technically challenging trails of Western Heritage Park, grow confidence in riding them, and above all, have fun.
Ottis Lee, PE
Ottis Lee, PE
Vice President of Land Development
Ottis Lee has always enjoyed building and learning how things work. He spent his first two years of college studying art and architecture, which introduced him to civil engineering. Ottis now has over 30 years of civil engineering, project management, and development management experience.
His experience includes feasibility studies, conceptual planning, zoning, planting, construction plans, budgets, estimates, and construction support. He has provided designs and plans for numerous residential developments throughout North Central Texas, as well as marinas, commercial and retail sites, waterlines, sewer projects, and roadways and bridges.
Ottis is an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. When he’s not working or participating in organizations, Ottis likes to spend time with his wife Lana and their three grown children.
Project ExperienceGlade & Pool Road Roundabout
Texas Tech University:
Bachelor’s Degree/1984/Civil Engineering
Senior Civil and Landscape Designer
Larry Colvin has had the rare opportunity to combine his work with his passion. Mountain biking and advocating for local trails are two pass times Larry can’t live without; at BHB he utilizes the skills he has learned through these passions to design soft-surface trails throughout DFW.
Larry has over 30 years of experience in civil engineering design work, and also provides design support to BHB’s landscape architecture department. He believes that finding motivation to do something will allow you to learn and accomplish anything.
Larry is currently President of the Weatherford Mountain Bike Club (WMBC), a non-profit organization that has stewarded some of BHB’s most notable trail projects. If you can’t find him in his office, he is either enjoying the company of his cat or speeding down one of his favorite trails.