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Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 23 Jan 2018 19:28

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Cambrick Street meets the Katy Trail about halfway between David's Way at Knox and Snyder's Union, our largest plaza on the Trail. More specifically you can find it north of Fitzhugh and south of Blackburn streets. For those that participate in the Katy 5K, it is the entrance that takes the route off the streets and on to the Katy Trail so expect a warmer welcome to the Katy Trail when you participate this year! (More on our 20th Anniversary Katy 5K coming soon!)

This project has been part of our master plan for quite some time and we are thrilled to be able to turn this long-term goal into reality. The timeline on this project is 90 days making the completion date sometime in late April. As always, safety is on the forefront and we will be taking precautions to ensure Katy Trail users experience as little disruption as possible. The Katy Trail will remain open in this section during construction.

http://fokt.convio.net/site/MessageView ... _id=8943.0

A short and simple project, but looks like it will make a world of a difference.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 23 Jan 2018 20:20

This was posted in the Uptown thread, but it's also relevant to this thread:
The Dallas City Council agreed Wednesday to sell a Routh Street dead-end to the Katy Trail Ice House for almost a quarter of a million dollars — over the objections of the council member who represents that part of town.

The Ice House agreed to pay the city $225,358 for the small stretch of Routh that runs into the trail off Woodrow Avenue, where the red Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad car's parked. The zoning consultants from Dallas firm Masterplan, representing the popular hangout's ownership, said the Ice House wants to merge the two pieces of properties it owns along the trail that are divided by the dead-end. Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan's CEO, said the Ice House needs to expand its kitchen.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas- ... -ice-house

I have high expectations for this plot of land. This is a decent sized lot, connected to a high-energy area that could potentially attract a lot of foot traffic to the area (which is rare in Dallas). I really hope they don't screw this up.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 04 Jul 2019 00:55

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Saw this on the Katy Trail today. Anyone heard anything about this? It looked like they have likely been working on this for a little while as I could see a staircase behind the fence.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby Tnexster » 07 Jul 2019 16:04

Where does that tie in?

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby Jay9398 » 08 Jul 2019 13:08

Behind Bleu Ciel.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby Cbdallas » 08 Jul 2019 14:36

connects the Trail directly to the Harwood district which in that area is under served with entrance access.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby lakewoodhobo » 08 Jul 2019 15:43

DPatel304 wrote:Image
Saw this on the Katy Trail today. Anyone heard anything about this? It looked like they have likely been working on this for a little while as I could see a staircase behind the fence.


Wow, finally!

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby tamtagon » 08 Jul 2019 16:26

they'll probably start scouting around for city dollars to get a trail extension through their properties soon(ish)


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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 19 Jul 2019 10:05

I got excited when I saw the word 'monumental'. I was hoping for an extension of some sorts or another amenity deck. This is still a fine upgrade, but, personally, I'm pretty indifferent about it.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby lakewoodhobo » 24 Jul 2019 07:07

Victory Park and the Design District May Soon Have a Trail Connecting Them
https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... ting-them/

I read this article with some suspicion and today I see that Philip Kingston is not happy about it, so is this proposal a replacement for the Trinity Strand Trail Connector? What I'm seeing is a new set of stairs at Houston and Victory Ave, then some bike lanes under Stemmons Fwy.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby casperitl » 24 Jul 2019 08:05

Disaster. No one wants that stupid on grade bike lane except consultants who want to eat through the budget. This is not what was presented to City Hall when the board of that organization came for public funding. Very sad and awful plan.

People won't use it!

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby muncien » 24 Jul 2019 08:50

With some clean up, lighting, a decent sponsor, and some security cameras, the existing creek bed below grade could make an excellent connector from Trinity Strand to Katy Trail. It really boggles me why we continue to avoid the obvious.
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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby casperitl » 24 Jul 2019 09:38

lakewoodhobo wrote:Victory Park and the Design District May Soon Have a Trail Connecting Them


I read this article with some suspicion and today I see that Philip Kingston is not happy about it, so is this proposal a replacement for the Trinity Strand Trail Connector? What I'm seeing is a new set of stairs at Houston and Victory Ave, then some bike lanes under Stemmons Fwy.



There is already a path down from the overlook a few hundred yards to the north. In addition on Hi Line there are already wide sidewalks in place. Running another sidewalk down the median is redundant. This organization should not seek TIF funding for that. Since the I-35 interface is virtually on-street and scary why bother with a bridge over Oak Lawn?

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby lakewoodhobo » 24 Jul 2019 10:59

Not to mention this extremely unnecessary bridge over Oak Lawn at Hi Line. Even the rendering envisions more people using the crosswalk than the big fancy bridge.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby muncien » 24 Jul 2019 13:57

The bridge over Oak Lawn is totally unnecessary. I understand the idea of using the Hi Line median as a bikeway as it's safer to give high speed bikes some separation from pedestrians walking through here, but where it intersects with Oak Lawn should be a place where the trail interacts with the community as opposed to skipping over it and creating barriers required for bridge ramps. The interaction with VP is non-nonsensical, and while much of what I said above is workable, I don't see any of this being part of 'the loop'...

It is far more effective to extend the current terminus of The Strand to Riverchon Park by staying one grade below the streets along the existing creek. One of the creek tunnels leading into Riverchon has the dimensions to support a bike path with minimal work (mainly lights and paving the bottom. At that point, an easy link to the existing Katy Trail ramp within Riverchon is within a stones throw.

I realize this small tunnel portion under the DNT won't be the most attractive, but cities and small towns everywhere have re-purposed tunnels for this exact use. It is so strange how leaders here continue to try and overbuild everything.
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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 24 Jul 2019 15:01

muncien wrote:It is far more effective to extend the current terminus of The Strand to Riverchon Park by staying one grade below the streets along the existing creek. One of the creek tunnels leading into Riverchon has the dimensions to support a bike path with minimal work (mainly lights and paving the bottom. At that point, an easy link to the existing Katy Trail ramp within Riverchon is within a stones throw.


Yeah, I would much rather see this as well. It would also connect to the (underutilized) Turtle Creek trail as well, which would be another win.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby casperitl » 25 Jul 2019 23:21

One point missing here is that The Loop is completely driven by developers and their need to connect crummy Class D warehouse space real estate to ultra expensive Katy Trail properties. That's the rub here. The developers on the west side of I-35 are wagging the tail for this dog. What makes no real sense for you as a trail user makes perfect sense to a developer who has the ear of this organization. So...crummy as it sounds the weird bridge over Oak Lawn is in and everything else is out. Because the developer sitting on crummy property further west said so.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby DPatel304 » 27 Aug 2019 04:14

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1pKbJkjZHP ... 80a4gn3sv1

Apparently the Harwood trailhead is now open, although I haven't seen it in person yet.

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Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Postby Cbdallas » 28 Aug 2019 10:57

I used it last weekend. It puts you straight into Harwood district and provides a fairly nice walk to KWP and downtown. A great and needed access to that part of the city from the trail.


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