Liveblogging This Morning's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee Meeting

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From the PowerPoint proposing a new Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Gateway connecting Fair Park to the Trinity
The very top of the very morning to you, Friends. Here I am at City Hall once again (still haven't regained my Foursquare mayorship, very upset about it) to bring you live updates from the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee meeting. Maybe you have heard about this thing, where the city is like, hey, we have this big river thing that smells like wet butt, what do you guys think about turning it into something kind of lovely, and while we're at it, let's spend lots of money on that and talk about it at length. OK, you're pretty much caught up.

Brent Brown and David Whitley of the CityDesign Studio are here to present plans David Neumann, who appears to be feeling quite giggly today, and his crew regarding the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Gateway to the Trinity, which would connect Fair Park and the river. CityDesign's located inside City Hall (ground floor, actually, stop on by -- they're always telling people that) and they hold town halls and things, trying to combine Great Big Plans! with Existing Folks And Neighborhoods Full Of Culture, Etc. As is the way, the PowerPoint is up with lots of aerial shots of river access points.

Plans for the MLK crossover are different than say, those for the Continental Bridge, which is a large pedestrian access point. Presently, the MLK bridge is a divided four-lane bridge in an area that's "heavily treed," says Brent Brown, who advocates putting all manner of interesting lighting set-ups to make it a "more safe and enjoyable experience." At the close of the presentation, David Neumann thanked the "dynamic duo" and could barely contain his glee at their presence in the meeting. Is Neumann always this gleeful? Have I not noticed this?

Carolyn Davis then told Brown and Whitley that their work was "fairly decent" in making the pretty illustrations that she likes to look at. Whitley and Brown were thanked and sent on their way.

Next up: the Elm Fork Athletic Complex.

Willis Winters is here from Parks and Rec to share his work on the Elm Fork Athletic Complex, which will include 19 soccer fields, a nature area, a playground and an irrigation pond in addition to a big central concession facility and restrooms throughout. Right now they've got just about all the land they need with the exception of a 28-acre rectangle at the southwest corner of Walnut Hill and Goodnight Lane. They're getting all eminent domain up in that piece. (Currently, most of the land is an old municipal landfill, and also some concrete processing plants.) Winters notes that much of the "championship field" seating will be shaded, which is a summertime blessing.

Most of this thing is funded by years-old bond programs, at least for Phase 1, which will be the northeast corner of Elm Fork with fields, parking, driveways, the concession pavilion and connecting trail. If they've got money left over, they'll add on to a maintenance complex and a few more soccer fields. That portion of the shebang is scheduled for completion in February 2012, so you'll have eight or so months to play footie before the aliens come to get us in December.

Now, they're taking questions from the committee.

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