This Wednesday you’re invited to join a discussion about the Trinity.
A river that has defined our city for over a century.
Yet its place in our lives still remains little more than afterthought.
Millions of taxpayer dollars funded a very extensive plan:
To build, beautify, and manage this park — has anyone actually read it?
Years have passed applying for approvals, securing bonds, political wars, a design contest, expert opinions and decades later we have:
A few more trails, fewer trees, stunning bridges, and a death-defying rapid.
Yet these community leaders and experts see how we can do more, now.
To protect and enjoy this wildscape.
Whether you’ll need a road through to enjoy it, is up for evaluation.
If you’re lucky now, you’ll catch a glimpse — driving over it on occasion.
Regardless of plans or funding, it’s there. An ecosystem around us.
Prairies, forests, rivers and streams, birds and critters are countless.
In our own backyard, behind weeds and trees,
A wilderness thrives. A blue heron flies. A river runs through it all.
Its invaluable service to all creatures, but to us seems of trifling importance.
It flooded our city, and since then it’s been walled-off, secluded, forgotten.
But to be down in it, among the wild, within the levee wall,
You’ll feel a sense of calm and wonder, breaking from the city clammer,
A gentle breeze, floating leaves, majestic trees, away from it all.
Then you see the skyline. You’re somehow amidst the city.
Like a sanctuary, a private retreat. Where’s the secret entrance, you ask?
One ‘overlook’ parks a few. One boat ramp that you access through — a seemingly private alley.
One lovely bridge where people play, after dinner a few steps away.
One new park with boat ramp and all, with sweeping views of the skyline.
One gravel parking lot off side a bridge, if you dare to brave the flood.
We go down every Christmas Day, just my dog and I.
Some days I end work early, when it’s too gorgeous to be inside.
We read together on a blanket, it’s our favorite place to go.
We kayak with friends on sunny days, explore the trails, and play in the snow,
We may not need lakes or magicians or roads, but one thing this river does need:
More stewards willing to keep it pristine. Protect the wild and ancient spring,
Prevent more sand pits where trees once stood, maintain trails for the public good,
Visit, hike, explore, and enjoy.
We all need some wild in our lives
A public treasure, not a decoy.
In this river, there it lies.
Envisioning the Trinity: Theme Park or Natural Wonder?
WHEN: Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
WHERE: 2711 N Haskell Ave Dallas, TX 75204
Moderated by Peter Simek, D Magazine
How Did We Get Here?
Don Raines, Michael Bastien, and Ignacio Bunster-Ossa, three designers and consultants who worked on the Balanced Vision Plan, will discuss the history and original intent of the only federally approved plan for the Trinity River.
How to “Wild” the Trinity?
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner Kevin Sloan, Dallas Park Board Member and Master Naturalist Rebecca Howe Rader, Audubon Texas’ Urban Conservation Program Manager Dr. Tania Homayoun, and horticulturist Dr. Robert E. Moon will talk about the Trinity River watershed and how a deeper appreciation of its subtle and delicate natural ecology is the key to the realizing the best future for the river.