Snow Day!

Two snow storms within a week? In Dallas?

After last night’s round of snow, over 4 inches, the trail looks like a winter wonderland. If you want to walk through the snow, you better get out their soon. It is melting fast. Here are a few photos.

Photos from the Newly Opened Northern Trail Extension

The new northern extension of the White Rock Creek Trail is officially open. All the signs and barricades are gone. This is a beautiful new addition to the White Rock Creek Trail that is worth checking out.

The extension adds another three-quarters of a mile to the north of Valley View Park, and winds through a dense forest along the east side of White Rock Creek, in back of the Greek Orthodox church at Alpha and Hillcrest Roads, and along the west side of Hillcrest.

The northern extension terminates in a loop at a small park behind some houses south of Spring Valley Road. The only public access to the new trail is from Valley View Park. Here are a few photos taken on December 8th.

Dallas Considering Electronic User-counters on Trails


A cyclist enjoyed the warmer weather Sunday while riding on the Katy Trail, one of four trails that would get counting sensors under a $265,000 contract the Dallas Park and Recreation Board will vote on next month. Photo by Tom Fox/DMN Staff Photographer.


An article by Tom Benning in the Dallas Morning News on November 23, 2014 reported that the Dallas Park Board is considering spending $265,000 to install electronic people counters to study trail usage and plan for growth.

“The Dallas Park and Recreation Board will vote next month on a $265,000 contract to install electronic people counters along four major paths: the Katy Trail, the Northaven Trail, the trail around White Rock Lake and one in Kiest Park.”

“The proposal would then go to the Dallas City Council. If approved, the electronic counters could be installed by the spring.”

Here’s the link to the full article.

Summer construction projects nearing completion

New Fencing Near Forest Lane

Construction crews were busy on the trail this summer. At the urging of the Friends of the White Rock Creek Trail, the Park and Recreation Department replaced the decaying wooden fence that ran along the trail south of Forest Lane (behind Starbucks and Office Depot). Some sections of the new metal fence still need to be painted.

Additional sections of fence north of Forest Lane have also been replaced with new wooden fence. The new fencing is a real improvement and we thank Park and Recreation for taking care of this.

A new iron fence replaces the wooden one behind Starbucks and Office Depot at Forest Lane.

A new iron fence replaces the decaying wooden one behind Starbucks and Office Depot south of Forest Lane.

The Northern Extension of the WRC Trail

The northern extension of the trail from Valley View Park to Hillcrest Park is scheduled for completion in November. This included construction of a long bridge spanning the low-lying (and wet) area behind the Greek Orthodox Church at Hillcrest and Alpha roads. It looks like the bridge is waiting for installation of a safety railing. This northern extension is not officially open. Please use caution if you explore this area.