Denton Raises Green for Greenbelt

Festival raises money and awareness for wilderness area in Denton County

By Sara Story
|  Thursday, Sep 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:16 PM CDT
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Denton prepares for Greenfest, a festival designed to raise money and awareness of the North Texas Greenbelt Corridor.

Sara Story, Denton Reporter

Denton prepares for Greenfest, a festival designed to raise money and awareness of the North Texas Greenbelt Corridor.

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If you enjoy the outdoors, you may want to head out to the North Texas Greenbelt this weekend. The Greenbelt Corridor is a wilderness area in Denton County with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails. Greenfest is taking place Saturday to raise money and awareness for the park.

"I'm riding because this is the best place to ride," Denton County resident John Rutan said. "It's just so beautiful here. You see the wildlife here. It's quiet . It's really, really enjoyable."

Rutan calls the Greenbelt a hidden treasure in North Texas. He rides his horse on the equestrian trails multiple times a week. The Greenbelt is located in Denton County and stretches from Lake Ray Roberts to Lewisville Lake.

"You can kayak and canoe on the river. We have equestrian trails. We have bike trials. You can hike," Texas Parks and Wildlife Park Superintendent Chris True said. 

True helps manage the Greenbelt and is helping organize Greenfest.

Greenfest is the first annual festival to raise awareness and money for the park. It will take place on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the Lake Ray Roberts Greenbelt access point. There will be outdoor activities, live music, food, and entertainment for the family.

"We have several projects planned on the greenbelt that are outside of the scope of our main operating budget," True said.

True is hoping residents come out to Greenfest and enjoy a piece of wilderness in the middle of North Texas. All of the proceeds from the festival will go towards park improvements.

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