The Trinity Strand Trail Connects Hip Dallas Neighborhoods
In 2002, a group of dedicated individuals formed the Friends of the Trinity Strand Trail, a nonprofit corporation to spearhead the planning, construction and enhancement of a 7.8-mile, non-motorized hike and bike trail along the original Trinity River watercourse.
This commuter and recreational trail will connect the Katy Trail to the Trinity River, and provide Dallas citizens access to the Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Market Center, downtown and Uptown Dallas, Stemmons Corridor businesses and the Dallas Design District.Trinity Strand Trail also plays an integral role in connecting these neighborhoods with much of the 125 miles of urban trails, neighborhoods and communities in Dallas. Once The Trinity Strand Trail is complete, it will connect more than 73 miles of trail.
Trinity Strand Trail is currently in the process of turning a blighted public works dump into an active green space that will function as a public park, regional hike and bike trail and environmental restoration area. Over the years, the path of the river was changed to prevent flooding, leaving Old Meanders isolated andunknown to most residents. The Trinity Strand Trail Plan calls for to making use of this existing 65-acre gem of hidden green space and give people a place to experience nature within the Dallas urban landscape.
The Trinity Strand Trail project is also attracting new businesses and residentialdevelopments to the neighborhood, while the existing neighborhood surrounding Trinity Strand is undergoing a renaissance, with an increase in the number of residential units, restaurants and hotels in the area, an estimated 2,000 residential dwelling units now on or near the trail and hundreds more currently under construction. Property owners have been creative in enhancing this new urban fabric by converting their existing warehouses into blank canvas which has been used for artwork along the trail.
Given recent concerns over trail safety and trail congestion, in addition to the need for environmental preservation and air quality improvement, the Trinity Strand Trail project is becoming increasingly more visible and important to the community.
The first 2.5 are open, for more information, visit TrinityStrand.org.