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by casperitl
18 May 2022 12:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

sell the rest of the land to a developer to build residential and commercial space. The TPC has at least three other stalking horse corporations it runs to hold real estate on both sides of the Trinity River. They are a market maker and developer too. They own RFA 106 W Commerce LLC, Riverfront Acq...
by casperitl
16 May 2022 12:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

The Corps of Engineers along with Dallas Water Utilities are going to excavate most of the area between the levees as borrow pits for strengthening the levees by widening them. The big wide open green spaces from one end to the other are going away. Enjoy them while you can. If you want a lot of gre...
by casperitl
02 May 2022 15:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 18
Views: 16488

Re: Greater DFW-area trails

The powers that be should name it the Arkikosa Trail.
by casperitl
11 Aug 2021 14:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

The new director ran Tulsa's Gathering Place Park. Hopefully a new fresh set of eyes can bring some new life to a project that's stumbled along far more than it has shined.
by casperitl
06 Aug 2021 12:00
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

The Army Corps of Engineers will be using the areas inside the levees as a borrow source for soils needed along the levees. The green space you see now will basically be transformed into gravel pits. Not sure what to make of how the Trinity Park Conservancy plans to move forward in this decade. They...
by casperitl
27 Jul 2021 13:20
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Is there a link to the D magazine story?

I never raised my hopes. So I don't really feel let down at this point.


I subscribe to the magazine and get it at home. Their content is usually online a week or two into the calendar month.
by casperitl
27 Jul 2021 12:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Looks like any kind of construction will now be pushed into the very late part of this decade if not later according to Peter Simek's article in the August 2021 edition of D Magazine. Since the article mentions they have suspended fundraising it appears that the recreation area is dead in the water ...
by casperitl
03 Jun 2021 12:24
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Almost a half decade now since the Simmons gift was announced and literally nothing to show for it. Twenty years they have promised a park that was to start construction in 18-24 months. I wonder how much longer they can go on saying just wait another two years. The answer is probably forever or unt...
by casperitl
11 Feb 2021 13:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

quixomniac wrote:
electricron wrote:

Nobody is expecting Disneyland between the levees.


Actually, that is exactly what has been promised for a decade now. Big time fancy Disney.
by casperitl
11 Feb 2021 13:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

^ Memorandum of Understanding with who? Not the City of Dallas or Trinity LGC. Is it with the private landowner I guess or the Corps of Engineers? Weird press release as it says a number of things that really are not happening in the real world. It says nothing and offers the chance for your mind to...
by casperitl
05 Feb 2021 13:27
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

I'm perfectly happy with this being about Real Estate Development. All I would like to see is a nice boardwalk between the bridges and a lot of development lining said boardwalk. It would be nice to have something the size of Central Park, but we really just don't have the need for anything of that...
by casperitl
03 Feb 2021 09:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

More important than anything else flying under the radar is that the East Overlook has now moved a considerable distance from the Dawson Jail site at 106 Commerce up the levees to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge area. That's a big move and shift that has not been discussed yet in Trinity LGC meetings....
by casperitl
04 Jan 2021 12:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 136
Views: 84854

Re: Margaret McDermott Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

^ In the story linked in the post above it looks like the concrete sections are at different elevations? I have never been on the pedestrian section due to the closure and I'm wondering if this is a messed up deck or a feature? Seems dangerous given the uneven pavement.
by casperitl
07 Dec 2020 14:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: RAFT: River Activation for The Trinity (Reboot)
Replies: 2
Views: 2499

Re: RAFT: River Activation for The Trinity (Reboot)

RAFT was a great thing. It never seemed to have an agenda just the idea of getting more people interested in the Trinity. I went to a couple events and had a fun time. It has become very unfortunate that a couple of organizations with very poor records of stewardship wish to fill that space. Their p...
by casperitl
04 Dec 2020 11:52
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 205
Views: 118672

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpUDSD27pVw The Fair Park fountains are already impressive and other than possible height would dwarf the KWP fountain by size alone. Right? How often does that fountain show occur? I almost always forget/overlook this area, even though it's such a wonderful asset to...
by casperitl
03 Dec 2020 15:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 205
Views: 118672

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpUDSD27pVw

The Fair Park fountains are already impressive and other than possible height would dwarf the KWP fountain by size alone. Right?
by casperitl
03 Dec 2020 09:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 205
Views: 118672

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Game changer.. will draw so many more people to that side of the park as well, curious with how this will work with the dog park so close but interesting to see the fallout Wonder who will keep up the maintenance going forward. They are expensive to own and operate. Probably will need to axe the do...
by casperitl
03 Dec 2020 08:54
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Sounds like the Trinity Local Government Corporation has a number of problems with their contractor the Trinity Park Conservancy based on their latest meeting found here: https://dallastx.swagit.com/play/11202020-693 Long meeting but the latter half of it, especially the last twenty minutes, has som...
by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 17:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

I am advocating for Dallas to become more dense in and all around the general downtown area. I am against suburban sprawl and low density housing in the urban parts of Dallas. DFW is growing so fast that change is coming no matter what, I would just like to see Dallas be the true go to urban heart ...
by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 12:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

The thing is that even with the building and cost of living around the park could be higher everyone still will have access to it just like Central Park in NYC and KWP Dallas. Build baby Build. Sad to see you are advocating against the working class multi-generational families who live there now an...
by casperitl
09 Sep 2020 12:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

^ That has nothing to do though with building an actual park. The TPC was supposed to build a park between the levees. That's not happening. I find it super weird that the TPC has created their own development corporation as well that is chartered with the state. Why would a 501c3 non profit tasked...
by casperitl
08 Sep 2020 08:13
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

^ That has nothing to do though with building an actual park. The TPC was supposed to build a park between the levees. That's not happening. I find it super weird that the TPC has created their own development corporation as well that is chartered with the state. Why would a 501c3 non profit tasked ...
by casperitl
01 Sep 2020 12:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

If you are interested in really exploring the subject you should look at the business deals between Trinity LGC board members and Trinity Park Conservancy Board members. At this point, maybe the whole 10,000 acres should be turned over to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. This 200% I would s...
by casperitl
01 Sep 2020 12:04
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

There isn't anyone living there now? It's all light industrial or the jail. Only thing not for sale (that I know of) in this area is the jail and oak cliff glass. Most of the area that's not residential along Beckley or between 30 and Singleton is for sale already as well. I don't know about all th...
by casperitl
31 Aug 2020 18:46
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Man this park needs to happen. Both sides are of the park would explode with development once this is started. Where would all the residents go who live there now? I think these park developers should come clean and admit this park scheme is just a way to enrich themselves, their close friends and ...
by casperitl
31 Aug 2020 14:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

This is awesome in so many ways. Both symbolically, and as a way to provide a gateway to the (eventual) Trinity River park or nature area. The naysayers here need to take a giant chill pill. Not only will this provide a cool, unique park feature (That will probably end up famous and a must see tour...
by casperitl
12 May 2020 12:39
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Interesting story from Jim Schutze on the non-profit contracted by the Local Government Corporation to build a park like amenity in the floodplain. https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/more-trinity-river-idiocy-11910221 Seems their ideas are vastly different than that of building a park. Economic dev...
by casperitl
22 Mar 2020 12:32
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

So....they only raised half the money they committed to raising and also did not meet their contract deadline with the City of Dallas. How is this a good thing. In addition their director resigned. No news of building out the actual park just the overlooks that will tie into private land development...
by casperitl
18 Mar 2020 08:59
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 15
Views: 17424

Re: Dead Man's Curve

A ton of bad traffic has been dumped off onto side streets starting around Pine Street down to Hatcher and then into Rochester Park/Bonton. It was really bad a couple weeks ago as the traffic apps had not yet updated.
by casperitl
09 Feb 2020 10:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 71476

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2020/02/07/pga-tours-byron-nelson-is-leaving-dallas-whats-next-for-the-trinity-forest-golf-club/ "The nonprofit’s $10,000-a-year lease with the city binds the Byron Nelson to be held at the Trinity Forest Golf Club for five years. It also stipulates that if PGA T...
by casperitl
29 Jan 2020 10:16
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Native wildflowers occur for miles up and down the floodway between the levees. If given a correct mowing cycle they can flourish. The photos someone posted above are of native wildflowers, seeded on their own naturally. The only exception are the bluebonnets in one photo that were seeded by humans ...
by casperitl
28 Jan 2020 08:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

I have yet to see an area along the Trinity where "seedbombing" has produced any results. The effort of 100 volunteers at one of these events produces less than zero results the next spring. Better to use a tractor with a disc or seed drill to cover a larger area. That was successful in an...
by casperitl
22 Jan 2020 10:40
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Hopefully this is not a stall tactic. Citizens were promised an accelerated groundbreaking and construction of a park.
by casperitl
13 Jan 2020 16:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 71476

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Quite a few champions of this bad idea need to be called out. A serious question for you capseritl, because you would know off the top of your head: How many of those champions and direct reports of those champions are still making decisions about this golf course, adjacent horse park, and overall ...
by casperitl
12 Jan 2020 10:17
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 91
Views: 71476

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Quite a few champions of this bad idea need to be called out.
by casperitl
06 Jan 2020 10:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

Re: Trinity River Park

Any updates? :? Private fundraising did not meet their goal. As a result the deadline was extended. The question becomes one of if the Trinity LGC is now in violation of it's own contracts and rules set forth with the City of Dallas in regards to raising the money. One of the LGC members brought th...
by casperitl
06 Jan 2020 10:09
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 47
Views: 34032

Re: Reverchon Park

Would like to have seen a traffic study done before it was brought forth to the City Council. The interim Park Director John Jenkins did not provide one. Does Dallas ever have anyone in "Parks" who's not interim? Must be a terrible "going nowhere" position. The good ones always ...
by casperitl
18 Dec 2019 08:46
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 400
Views: 220038

Re: I-345

If they are not careful the I-345 teardown advocates will fall into the trap of pushing for the resurrection of the Trinity River Tollroad. There are a lot of snakes laying out there in the grass for the tollroad to come back.
by casperitl
18 Dec 2019 08:19
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Updated Google Maps/Earth 3D Imagery [06/2022]
Replies: 23
Views: 16406

Re: Updated Google Maps/Earth 3D Imagery [06/2022]

Yes, it was an amazing sight to get that bonus coverage. The quality is not all that great though. Have to stay a couple thousand feet up to keep the resolution from getting too blurry.
by casperitl
16 Dec 2019 11:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reverchon Park
Replies: 47
Views: 34032

Re: Reverchon Park

Would like to have seen a traffic study done before it was brought forth to the City Council. The interim Park Director John Jenkins did not provide one. I rarely see the merits of public meetings for plans like this. The developers and city staff never take the public opinion into their decision pr...
by casperitl
03 Dec 2019 08:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 400
Views: 220038

Re: I-345

Deep Ellum is already in-filling with residential density and corporate campuses. The notion that I-345 is hampering in-fill of development has been turned on it's head the last couple of years. Very important connector highway for so many people. Getting rid of it would cripple Dallas and reduce qu...
by casperitl
28 Oct 2019 08:07
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 433
Views: 258370

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 76
Views: 64489

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 433
Views: 258370

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: 32
Views: 21881

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...