History of TTPA

The TTPA started in 1997 as a way to preserve riding and walking trails along Lake Lavon. In 1997, Collin County had decided to close the existing horse trail on Lake Lavon unless an organized group was formed within thirty days to take over maintenance of the horse trail. Julie Bell, Charlie Gaines and Selena Copeland met with Collin County, Teresa Biddick, Parks & Open Space Manager and began the process of negotiating a contract. The TTPA was formally created at that time and the TTPA also began having monthly workdays to show its intent to maintain the trail. Andrea and Selena incorporated the association, acquired 501(c)(3) status, acquired liability insurance, and Charlie Gaines and Selena conducted and recorded the volunteer workdays as proof of TTPA’s interest.

Since 1997, the organization has grown to care for 25.5 miles of trails and to have about 250 members. The TTPA is a non-profit, so contributions to it are all tax deductible. The organization is a grass roots effort made up of volunteers from the surrounding communities. Today, thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, nature lovers, scouts, and horse riders enjoy the trail.