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by casperitl
28 Oct 2019 08:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Trinity LGC met October 25th: https://dallastx.swagit.com/play/10252019-618 Odd that the agenda was not followed. Odd that virtually nothing regarding Harold Simmons Park was discussed. Nothing of any substance was discussed other than things far outside the LGC's sphere of influence. The Lamar and ...
by casperitl
11 Oct 2019 10:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Can't we just do some really nice tree plantings all between the two bridges and along the new trail paths that would bloom in the spring and change colors in the fall. Surely that could be done until we can come up a longer term plan or if we never do then at least it will be pretty and inviting d...
by casperitl
10 Oct 2019 08:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

The exciting part in all this is the failure of the Trinity LGC to provide transparency to the Citizens of Dallas. The previous City Council formed the LGC due to previous issues of transparency regarding NGOs working on Trinity River projects. The LGC should be dissolved if it holds no functional v...
by casperitl
07 Oct 2019 16:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/rents-late-on-simmons-park-eviction-time-yet-11772485 Missing In Action is the Trinity Local Government Corporation who took the summer off and never returned. Lots of questions in the article that should be answered in short fashion by the Trinity LGC. The LGC wa...
by casperitl
30 Sep 2019 22:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 65
Views: 27029

Re: Dallas Trail System

Money Questions Pop Up in Dallas’ Bond-Funded Plan to Add a 50-Mile Trail Loop https://assets.dmagstatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Screen-Shot-2019-02-12-at-11.13.34-AM1-677x451.png https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/02/money-questions-pop-up-in-dallas-bond-funded-plan-to-add-a-50-mile...
by casperitl
27 Sep 2019 08:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

For me it is really interesting to see the stark realities of project components versus what leadership of said developments end up pushing to symposiums, catered lunches and business groups. It's a false narrative being told. No reality to it. It fascinates me that those who were huge advocates and...
by casperitl
25 Sep 2019 07:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Friends, I'm starting to think this whole Trinity River thing may never happen. I gave up in it years ago. Side note, Can the citizens sue the city for not delivering on what the voters approved on a ballot back in '98? It will be a generation or two before Dallasites will have the resolve to push ...
by casperitl
23 Sep 2019 16:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Trinity LGC cancelled their last meeting on September 13, 2019 and they had not met previously since May 2019. Even that meeting lasted a scant 20 minutes and offered no detail. September 19, 2019 has now come and gone. September 19th was the date upon which the rest of the $40 million gift was to b...
by casperitl
25 Jul 2019 23:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 4883

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

One point missing here is that The Loop is completely driven by developers and their need to connect crummy Class D warehouse space real estate to ultra expensive Katy Trail properties. That's the rub here. The developers on the west side of I-35 are wagging the tail for this dog. What makes no real...
by casperitl
24 Jul 2019 09:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 4883

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Victory Park and the Design District May Soon Have a Trail Connecting Them I read this article with some suspicion and today I see that Philip Kingston is not happy about it, so is this proposal a replacement for the Trinity Strand Trail Connector? What I'm seeing is a new set of stairs at Houston ...
by casperitl
24 Jul 2019 08:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 4883

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Disaster. No one wants that stupid on grade bike lane except consultants who want to eat through the budget. This is not what was presented to City Hall when the board of that organization came for public funding. Very sad and awful plan.

People won't use it!
by casperitl
16 Jun 2019 10:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel
Replies: 6
Views: 2236

Re: Mill Creek Drainage Relief Tunnel

I worry that the discharge from the tunnel will have a negative impact on Lower White Rock Creek and the Great Trinity Forest.
by casperitl
03 Jun 2019 10:50
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Many residents think that a recreational area between the levees will be a zen yoga mecca area for forest bathing and mastery of healing type nonsense. So few are enlightened to see that it has always been about real estate and making a hand picked few their next fortune.
by casperitl
31 May 2019 10:16
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Some of the Park Cities folk want the courthouse complex and jail moved out to Wilmer, Hutchins or Lancaster. Tarrant County moved their jail out to Mansfield some years ago requiring inmate transfers between the downtown county courthouse in Fort Worth and distant Mansfield. In Dallas, some want al...
by casperitl
30 May 2019 09:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Interesting move away from construction of a park and into acquiring real estate. Makes some wonder what the real goal is here. Almost sounds like the park is just a vehicle for development by Park Cities residents. This should serve as a wakeup call to those misguided folks who thought the whole id...
by casperitl
21 May 2019 21:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Organizers say 144,000 people attended the 2019 Byron Nelson which is not a believable number given what I saw: https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/05/attendance-at-this-years-byron-nelson-was-half-the-2017-total. Even that overinflated number is still half the crowd of 2017 per the article a...
by casperitl
21 May 2019 08:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

The City of Dallas promised the taxpayer that the City's investment in the golf course was to be capped at $12 million dollars. Of course that promise, even written into the ordinance was not followed.
by casperitl
17 May 2019 08:44
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

^ Same people who still want a tollroad along the Trinity. Same people who screwed up Victory Park where it was a disaster for a decade. Same people who want a new New York City designed park between the levees. Same. Same.
by casperitl
13 May 2019 07:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Well, the Byron Nelson did not pan out this year. Drumbeat from many voices now calling for the Byron Nelson to be moved to another venue. Went by there on Saturday and there was hardly anyone attending the tournament. The worry is that the tradition of attending the Byron Nelson will be lost. Peopl...
by casperitl
02 May 2019 10:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Hard to tell from the photos if the plan has been scaled back dramatically?
by casperitl
15 Apr 2019 08:29
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 2183

Re: Vision 2020: Greenbelt Plan for Dallas 5 Mile Creek

Focus Areas C, F and G are contaminated from the Lane Plating Superfund Site. It will be at least a decade before cleanups can happen with the EPA and their project partners for remediation. At least a decade. I was at the last EPA Superfund meeting at Highland Hills and it will be a very long time ...
by casperitl
11 Apr 2019 17:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Texas Horse Park operator is trespassing says the City of Dallas. No more Horse Park, at least the public component. I guess Equest will stay there but River Ranch is basically told to vacate the premises. https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/04/11/dallas-city-hall-saysone-nonprofitsat...
by casperitl
11 Apr 2019 07:56
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 27394

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Dallas City Council votes to send bill of $7.1 million to Trinity Park Conservancy for bridge repair https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas-city-hall/2019/04/10/dallas-council-oks-71-million-fix-mcdermott-bridge-wants-trinity-group-fund Does the Trinity Park Conservancy pay the bill and own the engi...
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 12:10
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

How does the harold simmons park play into this? He's just a dead guy whose family is willing to pay 50M for naming rights for the "park" as some sort of family legacy project. The would be Park would between the two bridges. But seeing how the Feds said nuh-uh... I'm not even sure his fa...
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 11:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 10557

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Milam does provide an important role. Many of the children attending Milam have parents who work in service sector jobs in Uptown but live elsewhere. DISD has a program in place that provides parents the ability to drop off their kids at Milam close to their places of employment.
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 10:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Also what is Re-wilding? Dallas Observer presents as going back to nature? its already full of nature. Basically isnt that just leaving it as it is? So there's nothing to build, re wildling just means leave it as it is? Top I believe that the official version of 'rewilding' involves restoring the m...
by casperitl
09 Apr 2019 10:46
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

there are so many plans, can someone post again for clarity.. What is the Balanced Vision? Why isnt it being followed Hows this different than the trinity park conservancy? How does the harold simmons park play into this? Also what is Re-wilding? Dallas Observer presents as going back to nature? it...
by casperitl
05 Apr 2019 08:35
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

The plan for HSP was shot down by the Corps of Engineers. https://dallastx.swagit.com/play/03222019-597?fbclid=IwAR1B20IgotwUjE9vdkSvC5cXs0QdE2MlBauDwBngExpV0bRNGbnhMIicWGI Back to the drawing board? Beginning of the end? Or what? The Balanced Vision Plan must be followed or the entire process must ...
by casperitl
19 Mar 2019 08:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

A hotel was not only promised, an individual running for Mayor is still promising it at the Horse Park. No basis of reality for what they are saying. The promise to area residents were jobs and economic development. That did not happen and won't. Quite a few alternative facts being trotted out by th...
by casperitl
07 Mar 2019 22:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Looking forward to seeing the new PGA Frisco course with the Omni Hotel pick up the Byron Nelson sooner rather than later.
by casperitl
13 Dec 2018 20:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

I went to the event and brochures were available with all the text.
by casperitl
10 Dec 2018 08:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

quixomniac wrote:If anyone has better pictures than the DMN article, that would be much appreciated.
It's hard to gauge what exactly is planned from what's been shown so far.
It just looks like one cross section of one specific place.


The cross-section is all that was presented.
by casperitl
06 Dec 2018 21:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Totally unrealistic timeline given the need for permitting and review.
by casperitl
06 Dec 2018 11:03
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

The Byron Nelson should be moved to Frisco. Hotel, infrastructure and amenities await. The promise of economic development in South Dallas from the Trinity Forest Golf Course will no longer happen. The idea of a hotel for instance, is now very much dead. Frisco has the hotel now. I attended the Byro...
by casperitl
06 Dec 2018 10:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

There is no challenge of skill when it comes to Trinity Forest. High School kids, NCAA teams and veterans groups destroy that course under par. The pros kill it as evidenced by the low Byron Nelson scores. It has not lived up to the hype. One average flood during the Byron Nelson will make the venue...
by casperitl
02 Dec 2018 12:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 21103

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

New PGA development at Panther Creek in Frisco spells the beginning of the end of Trinity Forest as a tour venue. Stick. A. Fork. In. It.
by casperitl
19 Oct 2018 08:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 124
Views: 33546

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Of course the idea here is to loot public park funding for another very private project.
by casperitl
14 Oct 2018 09:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 12
Views: 4692

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

River Legacy Trails are closed in areas due to recent erosion from flooding.
by casperitl
31 Aug 2018 14:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:I Prolly will never call it Harold Simmons Park.


How can an area be called a "park" when it is not governed by the Park Board. The Dallas City Charter has this outlined very clearly.
by casperitl
27 Aug 2018 15:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

It sure is a river bottom. It has been a river bottom since the end of the last Ice Age. Or longer. Matter of fact one can find the ancient meanders of the river inside the floodplain where the man made current channel resides.
by casperitl
27 Aug 2018 10:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Why can't we let the Trinity be a river, seems like its original and best purpose is being a river and being such makes it a great wildlife habitat that in itself would be the attraction. It is very much possible. One just needs to divorce themselves from the mindset that the river bottom must be f...
by casperitl
24 Aug 2018 14:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

^That would be my dream for the Trinity River Park, but it seems like a long shot at this point. We'll be lucky if we get any sort of park at all, let alone something similar to Lady Bird Lake. It will happen. Perhaps there needs to be more of a focus nature oriented. Maybe a national conservation ...
by casperitl
21 Aug 2018 13:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Carpenter Park
Replies: 8
Views: 4053

Re: Downtown: Carpenter Park

It's a plaza, not a park. I would not even call "Klyde Warren" "Park" a park. It's a plaza.
by casperitl
19 Aug 2018 08:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

I think the focus should be on supporting a reWILDing effort between the levees.
by casperitl
13 Aug 2018 18:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Nothing will change until Mary Suhm's legacy of destruction can be undone. Her pet projects fell apart. The individuals responsible are still employed by the taxpayers.
by casperitl
02 Aug 2018 10:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 85
Views: 26762

Re: Fair Park

I think the scale is about right, pasting the stadium built in Arlington into Fair Park... The plan would have been to demolish the Cotton Bowl and shift the new stadium a little further to the east by demolishing the Expo Center(blue rodeo arena) and also building into areas where the Top O' Texas...
by casperitl
02 Aug 2018 10:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 274
Views: 72134

Re: Trinity River Park

Dallas taxpayers already voted for the bridge to connect the Katy Trail to the Design District. The people advocating for that now have to figure out if the sales pitch they sold voters is valid. News that I-35 will likely be expanded and/or double decked would likely kill that plan and push funding...
by casperitl
24 Jul 2018 11:00
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 99
Views: 27394

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

The incredible part of it all is that WE allow it to continue. WE meaning you reading this. Time to put a stop to it. Dallas can't afford more of this. What are the avenues to put a stop to this? What is your suggested outcome? Those responsible for prior mistakes can never be allowed to work on fu...

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