Even with a delay in starting construction, it hasn’t taken long to complete the first phase of the Northaven Trail, an east-west hike and bike trail that runs along Northaven from Valleydale near the Jewish Community Center to Preston. The city broke ground on it last summer.

Although neighbors have been using the trail ever since the concrete dried, the trail will officially open on April 14.

We provided an update on connector projects in our March cover story about cycling in Preston Hollow. The next phase will be to link Northaven with the White Rock Creek Trail for which Dallas County has committed $2.5 million in matching funds. The connection is being dubbed the “Low Five” in contrast to North Dallas’ High Five freeway connector because it will provide five trail directions for walkers and cyclists. They can go north or south on the White Rock Creek Trail, north on the Cottonwood Trail, south on the Veloway Trail or west on the Northaven Trail.

The Friends of Northaven Trail are participating in the park department’s It’s My Park Day, hosting another trail clean-up event 9-11 a.m. on March 31. Volunteers will meet on the trail near Tifferet Israel. Bring your own gloves and yard tools.