Board members have been selected to serve on the Friends of the Northhaven Trail, and they are: Warren Parham, Lee Kleinman, Larry Jones, Ben Johnston, Krisann Peters, Gwen Holmes, David Clark, Len Auman, Jeff Genecov, Martha Parks, and Terry O’Connor. The group is still looking for neighbors to serve on the fundraising committee and someone to serve as the event coordinator.

Board members have decided to formally organize the group as a 501(c) (3) organization by the beginning of April. They will meet on April 6 to formally adopt the FoNHT’s organizational documents and discuss the formation of committees for fundraising, landscape design, landscape maintenance, marketing and communications, safety, volunteers and community awareness. No word yet on exactly where or what time that meeting will be, but I’ll keep you posted.

The group also met with representatives from la terra studio which is the principal project architect on contract with the Dallas Park & Recreation Department for this project. The board’s role will be to make sure that as this trail is developed, the communities that run along it are taken into consideration. They’ll also be working to raise funds for trail upgrades, like landscaping, benches, and water fountains.

Approximately $2.6 million bond dollars have been set aside to complete phase one of the trail, a 12-foot concrete pathway from Preston Road to St. Michaels. Funding to connect from St. Michael’s to the White Rock Creek Trail will be part of Phase II, and Dallas County is expected to help pick up the tab on that portion. Ultimately, the plan is to connect the trail from Preston Road west to Denton Drive, then on to the Irving’s Campion Trail.

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