The Board of Directors of the Friends of the White Rock Creek Trail met on May 7, 2015 for an update from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and discussed ways to encourage renovation of the trail. A summary is printed below. Please use the comments bubble to send us your ideas and suggestions.
Summary of FWRCT Board Meeting on May 7, 2015
Jason Ney, Manager, Park Planning and Acquisitions from the Park and Recreation Department made a short presentation including the ongoing development of a Master Plan for Dallas trails that includes 200 miles of interconnected trails traversing the city. His presentation was followed by discussions what FWRCT can do to hasten renovation of sections of the trail that are in poor condition.
In the last 10 years, the Park and Recreation Department has renovated the original trail from Valley View Park south to the junction with the Cottonwood Trail to a 12 foot wide concrete path. They also recently completed a 0.7 mile northern extension of the trail from Valley View Park to just south of Spring Valley Road.
There is no funding available for renovation of the old deteriorating trail from the Cottonwood Trail south to Northwest Highway. The cost for renovating the old trail to a twelve-foot wide path would be several million dollars. According to Jason, the only practical way to obtain funding for this project is from an anticipated bond election in 2017.
Jason and the Board discussed activities FWRCT can do to promote the availability of funds for trail renovation.
- Encourage trail users and interested parties to contact City Council and Park Board members to request inclusion of trail renovations in the anticipated bond program.
- Write a letter from FWRCT to the Park Board and City Council outlining and justifying a few major needs for trail repairs and renovations. Jason indicated that inclusion of data on trail usage and incidents would help make a stronger argument for funding repairs.
- Develop connections with outside groups and businesses as potential donors to provide private funds that could leverage funding from the bond program.
- Apply for grants that could be matched by private funds to support trail renovations.
Based on this discussion the following were identified as high priority items for the Board.
- Update and prioritize the list of potential trail repair and renovation projects developed by the Board.
- Use the prioritized list to write a letter to members of the Park Board and City Council, with copies to the Park and Recreation Department, documenting the most critical needs on the trail.
- Investigate the feasibility and costs for FWRCT to help the Park and Recreation Department buy a trail usage counter to set up on the White Rock Creek Trail.