Dallas County could be getting more than $5 million to improve it’s hike and bike trails.
The North Central Texas Council of Government awarded the Southern Pacific Trail (or VeloWay) near Whiterock Lake a total of $3,009,217 for a hike and bike trail.
The money will be used to build the trail on the path of an old abandoned railway.
Part of the trail starts near Whiterock Lake. Even though it’s a few years from completion, running and bikers using the trials around Whiterock Lake say they can’t wait for the new path to be opened to the public.
“It’ll be nice to have a change of scenery especially since the Katy Trail is on the short end of things, so if we’re able to get them to connect, then there is going to be so many more options,”said Jessica Clements of Dallas.
Lindsay Ferzoco was running on the trail around the lake instead of the Katy Trail because she didn’t want to dodge all the pedestrian and bike traffic.
“I run on the Katy Trail often and I find that it’s way too congested especially with the bikers and runners together,” Ferzoco said.
Jeremy Fishbeck just took up biking for exercise and says a new trail would promote a healthy lifestyle.
“I think it’s great you know, because people love it. It’s healthy!” Fishbeck said.
There was no word on when construction of the trail is set to begin.