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Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival

Rain the night before and cloudy skies on event day did not stop the stalwart teams of City of Dallas and Reliant staff from setting up the Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival – the show must go on!  It was an afternoon of fun events and new additions for this highly successful and unique festival.

What about that Trinity River?

It takes more rain than two inches to make the river crest, go out of its banks and spread water over the Dallas Floodway. The river channel is 30 feet deep and even with the rains from this spring, the river was far from cresting.  So, why have a festival in the Dallas Floodway?

The land is perfect for multi-purposes.  It is a vast area and while it functions beautifully to protect residences and businesses from flooding when it is needed, it’s time for a new view when thinking about the land. It is a great place for people go get outdoors for free with terrific downtown vistas. They can enjoy flying a kite, taking a hike, walking a dog, or having a picnic.

For the major portion of the year, the land is dry and more facilities and ideas for playing outdoors are underway.  Soccer anyone?  Through the Trinity River Corridor Project and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, the Elm Fork Soccer Complex is under construction.

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May 8, 2012
Trinity Parkway Public Hearing
Dallas Convention Center Arena
650 S. Griffin Street
Dallas, TX  75202
Free Parking at Convention Center
Open House: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


May 12, 2012
Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival
111 W. Commerce Street
Dallas, TX
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Dallas goes Kite Crazy again at the Reliant Trinity River Wind Festival

Reliant/Smart Home

The Reliant Trinity Wind Festival would not have gained its reputation without the help from its title sponsor, Reliant. Reliant, an NRG company, is a major supporter of wind energy in Texas. Reliant is an invaluable partner with the City of Dallas- for the second year in a row- in encouraging green initiatives in the Dallas community. The City of Dallas is more than grateful for their support, as Reliant provides energy and smart energy solutions to more than 1.5 million retail customers in eight states, including Texas.

In addition to being the title sponsor for the daylong festival, Reliant provided their own free services to promote the importance of wind energy and to educate Dallas residents about this renewable resource. Reliant gave away thousands of kites, each one displaying the company’s innovative approach with a new and colorful logo, to anyone who attended the daylong festival.

Reliant also brought its Smarter Home on Wheels to the festival. The Smart Home provided a way for Dallas residents to visualize a new technology now available to consumers through Reliant’s very own e-Sense® products and services.

The Smart Home consists of several electronic panels that show the exact amount of energy an object expends at a given time. Those who attended the festival and observed the Smart Home were able to gain greater insight into how they can control the usage of electricity, and reduce the size of their carbon footprint on the environment.


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