The new Playa Drain Trail, a 3.4-mile walking and cycling trail stretching from Ascarate Park to Riverside Park in the Lower Valley, officially opened Nov. 8.

The trail runs along the banks of an irrigation ditch by the same name, mostly parallel to the César Chávez Border Highway.

The trail was developed by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in partnership with the city of El Paso and El Paso Water.

The trail is part of a larger plan that looks to extend it 60 miles across El Paso County.