DALLAS -- Three paving projects will soon allow people to stroll the Rickreall Creek Trail from Park Street near Dallas City Park to where it meets with the Main Street Bridge.
The city will complete a 6-foot wide concrete path connecting the existing trail at the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Levens Street to the concrete overpass near the Japanese Garden inside Dallas City Park.
A second 5-foot wide segment will run from the foot bridge, also in the park, to Park Street on the west side of the park.
A 100-foot section of new sidewalk leaving the park will also be installed, which will connect with existing sidewalk.
The three projects will be paid for with grant funds or were part of the city's Parks Department budget. The work should be done within the next two weeks and will conclude work on the trail for this year, said Dallas City Manager Jerry Wyatt.
Wyatt said the city is mapping out a route through city streets to connect the trail from Park Street west to Kingsborough Park. He said the city will mark the route and perform sidewalk improvements where necessary.
Projects potentially on tap for next year are building a bridge over Rickreall Creek to link the city's dog park to the trail and paving a portion near Barberry Avenue.
Earlier this summer, the city completed a 2,000-foot segment following Rickreall Creek beginning in the 1200 block of Southeast Barberry Avenue and running behind Southeast Hawthorne Avenue. That is in addition to completed sections between Levens and Main streets and near the Dallas Aquatic Center.