Some good news from the Trinity River project: The city has acquired 1,400 acres of forest land near I-45 and Loop 12 south of downtown, according to the Dallas Business Journal. A portion of the site will be used for a projected $30 million Texas Horse Park, scheduled to begin construction late next year, assuming that $15 million in private funding can be raised. The remaining acreage will be utilized by the $14 million Trinity River Audubon Center, set to open a 21,000-square-foot learning center in mid-October. The funding for both projects was approved in the original Trinity improvement vote in 1998, which funded acquisition of about 2,700 acres of land in the Trinity corridor; this acquisition means the city has acquired more than 2,000 acres, the DBJ reports.

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