The Trinity River Corridor Project has made us stronger as a City; it has given us a framework and the planning base to move forward with great projects and scalable initiatives.
Through the delivery of the Trinity Project, Dallas now has 1900 plus year flood protection for the levees, beautiful signature transportation projects such as the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and miles of new trail.
There has been significant Trinity progress made recently:
• Trinity Trails I and II are complete making a five mile trail link from Great Trinity Forest Way to Simpson Stuart Road and then sweeping slightly northeast back to the Trinity River Audubon Center.
• Predevelopment activities are underway on the Trinity Forest Golf Course. The golf course will offer a true woodland getaway with an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole short course for teaching and practice. The Partners include AT&T, the Salesmanship Club, SMU, and The First Tee.
• The Texas Horse Park is out to bid. The park is located off of IH-45 South and Great Trinity Forest Way at Pemberton Hill and Elam Road.
• In the 2012 Bond Program which was approved last fall, funding is available for trails. In the summer of this year, a trail will connect to Eloise Lundy and the newly opened Santa Fe Trestle Trail. Remaining trail improvements should begin construction in 2015.
• In the Elm Fork area the Athletic Complex is nearing completion. Play on the 10 international soccer fields should begin in early 2014.
The list is extensive and will continue in next month’s issue of the newsletter with the transportation projects.
On May 18, the Trinity River Wind Festival presented by NRG is coming back to the Dallas Floodway with kites of all shapes and sizes. The annual event is sponsored for the third year by NRG, the parent company of Reliant and Green Mountain Energy. Kroger also returns as the sponsor of the Kids Fun Zone and Sprint returns to offer phone recycling and cool cellular service and phones.
This unique festival provides free family fun for people of all ages with public kite flying, show kite teams from throughout the Southwest including Troy Gun and Team TKO Stunt Kite Flyers with eleven national championship wins; Gary Moss from Louisiana; and Dallas Area Kite Organization (DAKO).
There will be paper airplane making, birds of prey, Dallas Zoo Outreach, Second Spin Disc Dogs, street artists, North Texas Hang/Paragliding Association, the Kids Fun Zone, and music.
To embrace the international spirit of kite flying, an exciting new addition to the festival is the presentation of three Japanese kite makers from Dallas’ sister city, Sendai, Japan. Just as kites show their grace and resilience by soaring on the wind, Japan is repairing its economy and infrastructure from the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Their culture and love of crafts remains strong as these members of the Japanese Kite Club bring an ancient tradition to the festival.