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Wyler Arial Tramway Public Meeting

July 23, 2019
Wyler Arial Tramway Public Meeting

The El Paso Community Foundation is teaming up with the Office of State Representative Lina Ortega, Senator Rodriguez, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Atkins Engineering Firm to host a public input meeting.

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Where: El Paso Community Foundation Room 333 N. Oregon Street

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has commissioned a feasibility study to determine what it will take to replace and rebuild the only tramway in the state of Texas.

Community feedback is a very important part of this process.

Built by Karl O. Wyler and KTSM TV in 1961, the Wyler Aerial Tramway operated continuously until 2018, but for many years, was not open to the public. When Mr. Wyler left the television and radio stations (and the tramway) to the El Paso Community Foundation, he expressed a wish that the tramway could open to the public again. In 1999, the Foundation gave the Wyler Tramway and 170 acres of adjacent property to TPWD. It operated for the public as a state park since 2001. Prior to being shut down, the Tramway hosted more than 45,000 visitors a year.