Riding Somewhere South of Heaven, Heading Back to the Newly Opened Santa Fe Trail
|Where the Santa Fe Trail ends ... at Hill Avenue|
Though the Santa Fe Trail has, in some circles, been criticized for its singularly East Dallas flavor -- the occasional graffiti tag or broken beer bottle; the rows of yard sales offering old T-shirts and retired lawnmowers -- the raised extension south of Carroll affords sweeping views of downtown Dallas (and a junkyard or two) and is clean, sunny and extremely bike-friendly. Like its decidedly more dressed-up (in bamboo, designer workout gear and rocks that play classical music) cousin, the Katy Trail, the Santa Fe Trail follows an old railroad track through the city, with the ultimate goal of realizing those elusive New Urbanism ideals, connectivity and walkability.
|And at the beginning of the newly opened section of the Santa Fe Trail, from S. Carroll Avenue looking south|
"It's actually going to happen, contrary to what many of us have thought over the past 10 years," Watson tells Unfair Park. "It's going to be so terrific."
The next step is getting the rest of the trail to connect from its abrupt end at Hill avenue to Deep Ellum and the DART line via Baylor Hospital -- and, ultimately, to Fair Park. That section, Watson says, is in the design phase but hasn't yet been funded. Check out the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail blog for updates.
|And a view (more or less) of downtown Dallas from the Santa Fe Trail|