That Katy Trail-to-Bishop Arts Trinity Trail is Ready to Go. Now, to Fund and Fix the Streets.

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If, say, during your lunch break this afternoon you were to dip between the Trinity River levees, you would see the trail Jason Roberts first promised back in June -- the one that, when completed, will link Bishop Arts on one side of the river to the Katy Trail on the other side. It's nothing particularly flash -- just a simple dirt trail that's been mowed and leveled for easy riding, and extends from Trammel Crow Park to the under-construction Santa Fe Trestle back to the Jefferson Street bridge.

It will formally open on October 23, when the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association hosts a mountain bike ride -- one of many Roberts, DORBA and city officials hope to get moving in order to flatten out the trail. "We need to get as much traffic as we can to flatten it out," Roberts says this afternoon. "So we're going to program a series of events."

Turns out, Roberts and his myriad partners (the city, the Trinity Trust, DORBA, Groundwork Dallas and the Trinity Strand) also need money -- $75,000, to be exact. Not for the trail, mind you, but the on-street component to and from the path. Which is to say: the one-and-a-half miles of street from Bishop Arts to the levees, and the one-and-a-half miles from the levees to the Katy Trail connector near the design district.

"This is for the paint on the ground and the signage," Roberts says. "They have to use thermoplastic materials for the street striping -- that reflective, raised plastic that, when it heats up, bonds to the asphalt. That's what we're having to raise the money for. And if we get the funds raised, these will be the first new bike lanes in the city. Two or three other projects could happen right around the same time, but this one actually has the best chance of being in place."

Roberts and the Dallas Parks Foundation are trying to raise the money in 20 days, so they can complete the project within the 90-day time line Roberts originally proposed. "And if we don't have the on-street component done," he reminds, "we'll still have the trail." It'd just be nice, he says, to finish out the entire project by October 23. If you wanna kick in, do so here: The Dallas Foundation is taking the donations, just remember to tell 'em it's for "Trinity Trail Project."

"Fortunately, we got the sign-off from the city to do the project," says Roberts, who'd hoped to get the money privately. "The hard part was to see if we could raise the money on our own, but it's quite the process to get folks to donate to street projects. It's not a simple undertaking, so it has to go through the city" and the Dallas Parks Foundation. Says the Better Block-er: "It's not easy." It never is.
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sarahaberg
sarahaberg

the Dallas Foundation does not list "trinity trail project" as a fund to which I can donate on line. 

gabbahey
gabbahey

If someone were do donate the balance of the monies needed to complete this project, would the project actually get done, or would the city confiscate the money and use it elsewhere?

sizzler
sizzler

lance armstrongs pockets...where you at?

ronpaul2012
ronpaul2012

Why dont you just borrow the money from John Wiley Price, or tare down the stupid white posting over the bridge that you wasted money on. This city has no soul.

Booradley
Booradley

Why u so angry? U don't like it here, go to Houston with Ron. We'll be fine without you. Plus, why would they need to borrow money, Ron Paul 2012? They are looking for citiEns to help back a city and community project. I think Ron would tell you that stuff like this are better served by getting funding through people who would use it than borrowing money from someone to get it done.

Remedial politics is down the hall. Next door to the Up With People group meeting. I'm sure you've just stumbled onto people that care about their community and citizens by mistake. Let us know if you need directions.

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Maybe if DISD taxes were lower, we all would have money left over to donate to neat projects like these.

A vote for an incumbent school board member is a vote AGAINST parks, bike trails, libraries.

A vote for an incumbent school board member will just ensure that the gravy train of our taxes being raised in order to be given away to consultants, vendors, contractors, and overpaid figureheads continues.

DISD's overspending--approved by the school board--is draining the life out of our city.Don't get involved--just VOTE THEM OUT.

Halz
Halz

Being an avid cyclist, a supporter of most all things cycling, and someone who totally wants this to happen, I have a question. What's going to happen to monies raised if $75K isn't achieved in 20 days? I've supported several Kickstarter projects and there's been cases where fundraisers didn't achieve their financial goal in the alloted time so I was never charged for my intended donation. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

They didn't go Kickstarter because, as Roberts explains above, this is a project that involves the city and city property (which is to say, the streets), and there are certain issues involving money and public-works projects and bookkeeping. Which is a shame. Because I've seen what the city does with our money.

jason
jason

Funny you ask that.  I clicked the link ready to give them some money.  Clicked away once I saw it wasn't a Kickstarter project.  Kind of odd they didn't go that direction.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Amazing what people can do when the bureaucracy and corrupt rent-seekers get out of the way.

Pretty sad (and telling) however, that the City doesn't have $75,000 for this, yet they can spend $4 million (several times the approved amount) for the Standing Wave death trap and tens of millions of dollars for who-knows-what (the City has kept the identities of the recipients secret, in violation of an order from the state Attorney General) associated with the Trinity.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

This will all be great fun until the True Trinity Project Roars to life and crushes this project .Gnats and nothing to show for it are OKAY .

Actual results ....and no after party $$$ no $$$ for Harold Hill or solar powered Hovercraft ? (Land based project so solar power is switched a bit to better fit the idea.)

This Can not be allowed to stand !

Mike
Mike

This is AWESOME!!!

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