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Trinity River Wind Festival is Back!

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.

May 16, 2013
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Great Trinity Forest Way
Dallas, Texas 75217
Late night 3rd Thursday Free Admission
www.trinityriveraudubon.org
or call 214-370-TRAC
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

May 18, 2013
Trinity River Wind Festival
presented by NRG
146 S. Commerce Street
Dallas, TX  75207
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parking for a fee. All activities free.
TrinityRiverCorridor.com

June 8, 2013
IH-20 Gateway Opening
10:30 a.m. noon

June 13, 2013
Moore Park Opening
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 
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Nestle Waters

Corporations throughout Dallas encourage and support volunteer programs along the Trinity for a number of initiatives and reasons such as the environment and to keep the water of the Trinity clean.  Nestle Waters came to the Trinity River Audubon Center on World Water Day for trash removal along the Trinity River.

The volunteers were executives from the purchasing office in Dallas and it was the first time any of them had visited the Great Trinity Forest, the Audubon Center or the Trinity River. After the cleanup, they were all smitten by the land and the river and made plans to return this year with family and friends.

The volunteers cleaned trash and debris from an elbow of the Trinity River that collects the litter when the water rises to the top of the river channel.  They removed twenty bags of regular trash and 8 bags of discarded recyclable trash, returning the bank along the river to its natural look. In addition, this volume of trash will not make its way down to Lake Livingston, 400 hundred miles away, or to the Gulf of Mexico.

Sally Ride Science Festival

In 2012, Dr. Sally Ride, Ph.D, founder of the Sally Ride Science Festival and the first woman to travel into outer space, died from pancreatic cancer.  Her chance to go into space was made possible when the Space Shuttle Program began because she was not an airplane pilot but rather a double major in physics and English. However, the Shuttle missions required larger scientific crews. Thus, History was made as she became a crew member for the Challenger mission in 1983.

In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science Festival to inspire young girls to select a career in science, match or engineering.  The festival returned to Dallas on April 6 at the University of Texas at Dallas and the Trinity River Corridor Project attended talking to 880 girls from the 4th to 9th grade about the Trinity River Corridor Project and the career scientists and engineers working on the project.

NASA and Sally Ride Science present a National Tribute to Dr. Sally Ride on May 20th, 2013 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

 

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