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Public can try out pair of trail routes

DALLAS -- Attention users of the Rickreall Creek Trail in Dallas: Here's your chance to help make a decision on a portion of its route.

December 11, 2012

DALLAS -- Attention users of the Rickreall Creek Trail in Dallas: Here's your chance to help make a decision on a portion of its route.

A city contractor began work Tuesday carving out two separate paths for the portion connecting existing stretches of the trail by the Dallas Aquatic Center and behind Southeast Hawthorne Avenue, called the "Hiebert Section" of the trail.

The new path will run adjacent to Barberry Avenue, but the city would like citizen input on which of the two routes through the area should become permanent.

Weather permitting, both paths should be ready to walk by Sunday and people are encouraged to check them out. City staff will also be monitoring both sections to see how they fare during the winter.

Walkers can access the paths from the trailhead off Southeast LaCreole Drive near Barberry Avenue or through the entrance in the 1200 block of Barberry Avenue.

In mid-March, the city will hold an open house about this trail section at which time residents can ask questions and provide comments. The city's Park and Recreation Board will use the comments to make a recommendation to the Dallas City Council on a preferred route. The council will make the final decision on the path alternatives and construction on the trail section should begin in July 2013.

For more information or to see a map of the path options, go to the city's website at www.ci.dallas.or.us or call 503-831-3502.

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