This past weekend accountant-cum-outdoorsman Ben Sandifer, author of the Dallas Trinity Trails blog, donned his Carhart overalls and led a small cadre of nature types and SMU engineering students down to Big Spring, the site of preservationists' ongoing but apparently successful battle with City Hall.
City of Dallas A vision of the future Trinity Forest Spine Trail
Initial surveys put the modest seep -- once home to Dallas founder John Neely Bryan, a rare urban water source that people haven't ruined -- in the path of the Texas Horse Park, but plans have changed. Now, the city is working to protect it.
As Sandifer led the group through a wet meadow to showcase a beaver dam, he gestured a few paces into the woods, toward another potential trouble spot. It's just trees and underbrush right now but soon, whenever it can find the money, the city wants to put down a 12-foot-wide ribbon of concrete as part of the Trinity Spine Trail, which will stretch from White Rock to Interstate 20.More »