News - 11/2/16
$23 million raised to link 50 miles of Dallas' disconnected trail system
In late June the Circuit Trail Conservancy said it would attempt to raise $23 million in private dollars to complete the trail system Dallas has long been promised — the 50-mile-long network that would link North Dallas to southern Dallas to East Dallas, Bishop Arts to Uptown. This morning, its board members held a news conference in the Flag Room to say they had delivered on the promise.
Now, the conservancy needs something in return from the City Council: $20 million in bond money.
"I love this idea," Rawlings said Wednesday, "because this idea connects all parts of our city and brings our city together. [And] it's a great moment when we get to explore the real beauty of Dallas and get on those trails and participate and see what the Trinity Forest is all about."
He also stressed what several conservancy board members pointed out throughout Wednesday morning's news conference: Trails serve as economic generators. Look no further than the Katy Trail, which turned formerly fallow Uptown land into property worth billions.
PDF of plans here: