Archive for January, 2014

Trinity Skyline Trail Moves Forward

Posted by    |    January 29th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

With all the buzz surrounding the Trinity Strand Trail, we’ve forgotten to notice the Trinity Skyline Trail going in along the Trinity River levee! The new trail, which follows the river for 4.6 miles, is nearing completion. The Trinity Trust posted a picture of it this afternoon, and it looks like it’s going to be a great way to enjoy the Trinity River area that’s right next to us here in the Design District.

The opening celebration for the Trinity Skyline Trail, along with the Continental Avenue Bridge, will be on June 15th as part of the Trinity River Revel.

Photo from The Trinity Trust’s Facebook page.

Trinity River Updates: The Balanced Vision Plan

Posted by    |    January 9th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

As many Dallasites know, the Trinity River area has been under (often exciting) development for a long while. Less know it by its legal name – the Balanced Vision Plan. Here’s everything you need to know to catch you up to speed, and for those of you who are familiar, we have exciting new updates to share!

The Balanced Vision Plan (BVP) for the Trinity River was approved in 2003 and privately funded by Chan Krieger & Associates. It is centered on flood protection, recreation, transportation, environmental restoration and economic development in the Trinity River area, with the inherent focus to create a better Dallas. Pulling everything together and finding realistic means of accomplishing their main goals has been a tedious, ongoing process, but the current state of the project is truly inspiring.

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Current Status

Flood Control: The Pavaho Pump Station has been created, and 100-year flood protection improvements have been established. The lower chain of wetlands has been completed, and phase one of the upper chain of wetlands is underway.

Recreation: Currently, all of the following amenities have been established: Audubon, Moore Park Expansion, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, Great Trinity Forest Gateway & horse trails, Trinity Forest Trails Phase I and II (pathways from Audubon to Eco Park), William Blair Jr. Park Gateway Trailhead, and Texas Buckey Trail & Soft Surface Trails. If you would like more details concerning these recreational areas, feel free to pore over Trinity River Corridor’s official documents.

Transportation: Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Balanced Vision Plan is the beautiful and iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Opening 2014:

January: CA Crossing Canoe Launch

April: Elm Fork Athletic Complex

Spring: AT&T Trail, Trinity Strand Phase I

June: Continental Bridge & West Dallas Gateway Park; Dallas Skyline Trail; Pavaho Wetlands; Sylvan Avenue Bridge

October: Baker Pump Station, Texas Horse Park

November: MLK Jr. – Cedar Crest Bridge


Opening 2015: the upper chain of wetlands, Cadiz (from Riverfront to Lamar), Beckley/Commerce, and South Central/Joppa Getaway Park.

We look forward to celebrating these fantastic new openings with all of you!



Community Debuts New Taproom and New Beer This Friday

Posted by    |    January 8th, 2014 at 8:50 am

In honor of its one-year anniversary, Community Beer Co. is kicking off the weekend with a new brew featuring Ascension Coffee and a brand new place to drink it.

Over the past few months, the brewery has been hard at work preparing its new taproom, which features a long bar and window overlooking Community’s tanks.

The beer, a collaboration with Ascension Coffee in the Design District, is a coffee porter, and will only be available in the taproom this Friday. Stop by from 5 to 9 p.m. for a taste and a glimpse!

JR’s ‘Inside Out’ Project Comes to Dallas via the Dallas Contemporary

Posted by    |    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:42 am

French street artist and photographer JR will be roaming West Dallas, Deep Ellum and the Design District next week taking black and white photos with his mobile photo booth. The photos, which will be taken of anyone who shows up and wants to participate, will be printed as large-scale posters to be pasted in public places throughout Dallas.

The project, called Inside Out, won the 2011 TED Award for a “global participatory art project with the potential to change the world.” With over 120,000 people in 108 countries participating, JR allows anyone to send in a group of portraits to the Inside Out team, who will then blow them up into posters and send them back to be pasted in “the most publicly visible location possible” in the participants’ home city.

To have your portrait taken, show up at the following places next week:

Tues., Jan. 7th, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. : Trinity Groves, Pink Building at Gulden & Singleton

Wed., Jan. 8th, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. : Deep Ellum/Fair Park, 417 Second Ave.

Thurs., Jan. 9th, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.

Fri., Jan. 10th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. : Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.

The project will culminate on Sat., Jan. 11th at the Contemporary with a free opening celebration at 9 p.m. featuring the work of JR, Le Miserables, Lavish, Paula Crown and Arthur Pena.