Scratch That May 7 Dedication Off To-Do List, As Dallas Wave Is Closed Till Further Notice

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Below, unhappy Friend of Unfair Park Ben notes in the comments that the Dallas Wave (formerly known as the Standing Wave) is off-limits -- meaning, you can wave adios to that May 7 dedication ceremony that's been on the books since last fall. Willis Winters, second-in-command at Park and Rec, confirms: Says the architect and historian, Park and Rec was told late last week by city officials spearheading the Trinity River Corridor Project that construction on the Santa Fe Trestle Trail would necessitate closing the whitewater feature till, at the earliest, mid-August.

"They determined it's an issue of public safety," says Winters. "They want to keep kayakers out at least till the overhead work's done on the trestle. Apparently, they've already had some run-ins between kayakers and contractors." Right now, Winters says, the city hopes to reopen the Dallas Wave on August 15.

"We asked them to do the overhead work so they can get out of the way and we can see if we can let the kayakers in there before then," Winter says. "I'd hate to lose the entire summer."

Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan, who oversees Trinity Watershed Management, tells Unfair Park that "it's an active construction site, and we didn't want anybody to get hurt. We've had issues with people not realizing that little cars and big equipment can't compete with each other, and we don't want any incidents. They might use the river to go on through, but we don't want them bringing their cars and hanging out while construction's going on."

Winters says the city's about to lock the gate at the 8th Street entrance and put up a sign that'll break the bad news to kayakers.

For what it's worth, when asked if she's disappointed by the turn of events, Jordan said, emphatically: "Absolutely."

City Hall officials working on the Trinity project also note: Though the river's technically "closed" between Sylvan Avenue and Cedar Crest, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will still "unveil" the Dallas Trinity Paddling Trail as scheduled on May 10, with the entire event taking place at Trammell Crow Park (which is also about to get closed down for a good long while). Says Judy Schmidt at Dallas City Hall, it's not like you can just close the Trinity: "It is an open river, after all."
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Heelsoftar
Heelsoftar

why is this not a SIGNATURE standing wave named after a Margaret???

Doug
Doug

So why did they build this thing under an effing trestle? This was the ONLY place on the river that was suitable?

md
md

I imagine it had to do with access. The trestle won't be under construction forever. The article says the standing wave should be open again by August.

Harvey
Harvey

Goes with the rest of the Trinity River planning quite well, wouldn't you say? In two weeks they'll announce excursions on a new steamboat Harvey down to Mt. McCommas and ....oh, wait....somebody built rapids in a lazy prairie river.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I guess someone did do a Risk assessment. ? Imagine that ? Score one for the Townie !

It is after all a construction site . With big time overhead dangers. The large Marge comes to mind.Things fall even a small item falling from the bridge can put someone in the Hospital if not worse.Yes it can be closed and apparently is in the interest of public safety.

scottindallas
scottindallas

The river isn't closed, it can't be, it's a navigable river. The park is closed, the river, is as ever, open.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

As open as the river can be .....

One hand of the city has no Idea what the other hand is doing .

I wouldn't risk dealing with the system until the system sorts itself out .

The wave is starting to look like a cart before the horse deal now.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Did they just now notice the trestle crosses the river? Maybe they should subscribe to Harry's flickr stream.

Ben
Ben

Judy Schmidt at Dallas City Hall, it's not like you can just close the Trinity: "It is an open river, after all."

TPWD says: "The trail features special signage, maps and kiosk information at the put-in point, the Dallas Wave and takeout at the Loop 12 Boat Launch."

The sign at Crow Park(Sylvan Avenue Boat Ramp) from last weekend says:

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Is it an "open river" when the city has placed a 5 foot by 7 foot banner next to the boat ramp banning traffic? Looks closed to me! Unless I'm reading it wrong. I realize that the city has no authority to close the river since it belongs to the State of Texas. But why would someone from the city say such a thing when they have a sign up like that?

Not trying to be a pain in the ass. Just wondering why everything has to be so conflicting in message.

Roadsidecouch
Roadsidecouch

Now there is a sign that will withstand all the wind we have been having...

Ben
Ben

And that van down by the river, was at the Loop 12 boat ramp. Would have made the news if the van had gone an inch further, since only the hair of their chinny chin chins saved the 8 obese diabeeetus addled fisherpeople from turning their van into a submarine. None could swim.

G_David
G_David

Huh, I always thought the Dallas Wave was what the guy behind you performs when you change into his lane, even if there's 100 feet between you and him. More often than not it involves the middle finger.

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