As many Dallasites know, the Trinity River area has been under (often exciting) development for a long while. Fewer people 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.
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.
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!