Dallas officials announce plan for public trails along Trinity in downtown

Dallas officials announce plan for public trails along Trinity in downtown

Credit: BRAD WATSON / WFAA

Council members Angela Hunt, Scott Griggs and Vonciel Jones Hill quickly threw their support with Mayor Mike Rawlings behind the floodway trail plan.

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 12:32 PM

DALLAS - Dallas City Hall announced a plan this morning to provide the first public trails down in the Trinity River floodway near downtown.

During a news conference, Mayor Mike Rawlings said he is excited at the news.

"The options are amazing and we've got to take advantage of each and every one of them," he said.

Trails and lakes in the green space between the levees have long been planned since voters approved the Trinity bond plan in 1998. This initiative would finally provide public access in in what's planned to be the most visited part of the Trinity in the long term.

But, as it seems with all of the positive developments with the Trinity River project announced by the city, there are caveats.

Voters must approve the $6.1 million in street bonds on the November ballot and then the Army Corps of Engineers that regulates the floodway must approve as well.

If all goes as planned, the 4.5 mile concrete trail that would connect the Strand Trail on the north to Continental Street and the Katy Trail and the Santa Fe Trail to the south of downtown would be done by mid summer 2014.

The 16-feet-wide trail for hiking and biking would be near the west levee.

Council members Angela Hunt, Scott Griggs and Vonciel Jones Hill quickly threw their support behind the floodway trail plan.

Hunt said the Trinity project "vision is to about to become real."

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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