Information

If you have a question or concern about trail maintenance, please contact the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

Park Maintenance Services Division
542 E. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas, TX  75203
Phone: 214-670-1923


The  White Rock Creek Trail is one of Dallas’ oldest hike and bike trails (multi-use path). It was constructed in the early 1980’s during construction of a major storm sewer system along White Rock Creek. The trail is maintained by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

According to the Dallas Parks web site, “the 7.6 mile White Rock Creek Trail, in northeast Dallas next to White Rock Creek, links several parks that make up the White Rock Creek Greenbelt including Valley View Park, Anderson-Bonner Park, Orbiter Park, Northwood Park, Harry S. Moss Park, Fair Oaks Park, R. P. Brooks Park, Olive Shapiro Park, Flag Pole Hill and White Rock Lake Park.  The trail also provides a direct connection to the Cottonwood Creek Trail and White Rock Lake.”

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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.

 

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Cafe Silva… a great trail-side business!

Cafe Silva
8499 Greenville Avenue, Suite 108
Dallas, TX 75231
214-494-1284
www.cafesilva.com

New hours:
Monday – Friday: 7AM to 6PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8AM to 2PM

Although you may not have notice it, there’s a great local business a few feet from the White Rock Creek Trail near Greenville Avenue. Cafe Silva is a cozy coffee house that serves delicious espresso drinks, home-made pastries, and sandwiches. It is located at the intersection of Royal Lane and Greenville Avenue, about a mile east of US 75. If you’re on the trail, you reach it by taking the side path near the soccer fields at Northwood Park. The entrance faces Royal Lane.

In addition to great food and drinks, the cafe has a great view from its large floor to ceiling windows that overlooks the trail, Royal Oaks golf course and Northwood Park. You can sit and watch people passing by while you sip!

The cafe is owned and operated by Masoom Khan and his wife Suraiya, who does the baking, and is named after their daughter. They opened the cafe in 2010 after moving to Dallas from New York.

At Cafe Silva, the coffee beans are roasted locally and ground fresh throughout the day to ensure the coffee is always rich, fresh, and delicious. The coffee menu varies with the season and availability but the house favorites are blends from Indonesia and Brazil.

The “Bites” food menu changes daily and contains a variety of baked treats including homemade muffins, scones, banana bread and mini cakes. Hot lunch items also vary, but include turkey apple (this one is delicious, trust us!), roast beef and spinach, or nutella and banana panini.

Cafe Silva is a great place to stop as you’re passing by, or as a destination for you next trip on the trail. They recently extended their hours and are now also open on Sundays, which makes it even more convenient for trail users.

Cafe Silva has an assortment of delicious homemade pastries.

Owner, barista, and chef Masoom Khan serves up espresso, homemade pastries and sandwiches.

The elevated view from the cafe overlooks the WRC trail, Northwood Park and Royal Oaks golf course.

The elevated view from the cozy cafe overlooks the WRC trail, Northwood Park and Royal Oaks golf course.

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Video of trail construction at LBJ

Here’s a video posted by LBJ Express that provides a look at upcoming construction where the White Rock Creek Trail goes under the LBJ freeway reconstruction project. They also continue to say that the trail will reopen in the Spring of 2013.

“Here’s a 4D look at construction of the LBJ Express project over the White Rock Hike and Bike Trail near Hillcrest and LBJ. The width of the overpass almost doubles with the addition of elevated bypass lanes, general purpose lanes on the outside and managed lanes in each direction in the center. Construction on the lanes over the trail is expected to begin spring of 2013.”

“The (elevated) bypass lanes will reduce the amount of traffic at the frontage roads as it will allow for grade separated movement past the (trail) stops signs on both north and south sides of LBJ.”

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Dallas 2012 Bond Program

The Dallas 2012 Bond Program includes $24.6 million for construction and extension of hike and bike trails in Dallas (Proposition 1). The complete list of trail projects included in the proposition can be viewed here.

While the bond package (unfortunately) does not include funds for sorely needed reconstruction of the middle and southern sections of the White Rock Creek Trail, it does include funding for a section of the Lake Highlands Trail that will connect to the White Rock Creek Trail through the Oncor easement, just north of Walnut Hill Lane (here’s a map). From there, it will run through the Oncor easement to Skillman St.

The bond program will also provide funding for many worthy trail projects in Dallas, including extending the Northaven Trail further west to Midway Road. Please remember to vote!

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Cottonwood intersection completed but construction continues

I rode to work via the trail this morning. I’m happy to report that trail construction at the intersection of the White Rock Creek Trail with the Cottonwood Trail is complete. The new intersection is nice! Increase in the width of WRCT to twelve feet makes for smooth sailing through here.

The construction crew also repaved the side trail that leads from the WRCT to the office building parking lot east of the 75 access road. The 75 access road sidewalk-Central underpass sidewalk route to Northaven Road is open again.

Construction, of what looks like the last section of this project, is now taking place west of 75 along the back of the Office Depot/Asian Mint shopping center. A temporary trail has been constructed, so this section is still completely rideable. Based on how quickly construction has been completed so far, this section might be completed next week.

The newly completed intersection of the White Rock Creek and Cottonwood trails. Nice, wide, and smooth!

The side path leading to the 75 access road sidewalk and Northaven Road has been re-paved. This is a popular way to get from North Dallas to the trail.

Construction continues on the west side of 75 behind the Office Depot shopping center, but a temporary trail is in place. This section is passable.

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