In a partnership that, according to Mayor Julian Castro, holds a long overdue promise for the city's East Side, the county has joined the city in funding the Menger Creek Drainage Project.

The area, according to the plan outlined by Castro and county officials at City Hall Thursday morning, will one day become a natural destination park.

The county has committed $4 million in funding and the city has committed $6.5 million to the project.

The money will assist in removing properties from potential flood zones and incorporate a linear park with a walking, biking and hiking trail and other amenities.

The project is part of a long term re-development effort for the East Side.

"The projects that we have in the pipeline right now are going to take 5 years to complete," said District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor. "But in order to see the kind of transformation that people really want to see, I think it's going to take 20 years."

But given the years of neglect the East Side has endured over the years, Taylor said it is worth the wait to finally see something viable finally taking place.

Taylor said they'd like to have one more partner in the project -- the private sector. She said she's hoping this will provide the incentive for that to happen.

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