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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.”

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

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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.

 

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.