Trinity River Trails -- Cheap and Fast

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    Two City Council members propose building dirt trails for hikers and off-road cyclists that would be maintained by volunteers. (Published Friday, Jun 24, 2011)

    Two Dallas City Council members tired of waiting for progress on a proposed Trinity River Park propose building dirt trails between the levees for hikers and off-road cyclists.

    Councilwoman Angela Hunt and Councilman-elect Scott Griggs said volunteers are anxious to build and maintain the trails along the river at virtually no cost to the city.

    Council Members Suggest Volunteer-Maintained Trails for Trinity

    [DFW] Council Members Suggest Volunteer-Maintained Trails for Trinity
    Two City Council members propose building dirt trails for hikers and off-road cyclists that would be maintained by volunteers. (Published Friday, Jun 24, 2011)

    "If you go down there, we have an incredible, beautiful amenity down there that most people don't enjoy -- this beautiful ribbon of green in the heart of our city," Hunt said. "Not many cities can boast that type of incredible amenity. We should be getting something out of that, and we should be drawing people to it."

    The plan would be similar to dirt trails maintained by an off-road cyclist group at L.B. Houston Park in Northwest Dallas.

    "It's time to put all the grand plans on hold for a little bit and look at something smaller, look at something realistic, look at something we can do now and get a quick win," Griggs said.

    Voters first approved a plan for parks, lakes, a toll road and flood control improvements along the Dallas Trinity River in 1998.

    Since then, major parts have been delayed because of federal government red tape and over questions about how to pay for it all.

    Griggs and Hunt hope Mayor-elect Mike Rawlings will support their plan.

    He and Griggs take office Monday.

    Rawlings is the former chair of the Dallas Park Board, so he is well aware of the city's challenges in completing a Trinity River Park.

    He could not be reached Friday for comment.