You could call it the pandemic bubble.
Use of Campion Trail in Irving skyrocketed some 300% from March 2020 to March 2021, as indoor gyms and recreational facilities closed because of COVID-19, according to the city.
Irving placed counters throughout the trail in 2019 to track use by cyclists, runners, walkers and skaters.
Campion Trail is Irving’s 22-mile greenbelt that runs along the Elm and West forks of the Trinity River. The trail will eventually link several cities in North Texas, including Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie.
Recent heavy rains caused water to cover parts of the trail, forcing much of it to close. City officials said the water level has dropped, but the U.S. Corps of Engineers will soon release rising waters from Lewisville and Grapevine lakes, causing water to rise again on Campion.
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