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The City of Dallas hosted a public meeting on Thursday at Ridgewood/Belcher Recreation Center, at 6818 Fisher, to talk about plans for the SoPac Trail (a part of the larger Veloway Trail), which is a key link among the citywide hike-and-bike-trail network of Dallas.

The trail utilizes the old Union Pacific Railway and will eventually connect to the existing White Rock Creek Trail and White Rock Trail near Lawther, and then run north along White Rock Lake to a location near Trammel and Fisher. Along the way it will connect to Katy Trail and the Dixon Branch Trail.

At the meeting on Thursday, several in attendance were concerned about the possibility of new parking lots, but Tushar Solanki with the City of Dallas assured the group there are no plans for new parking lots. Instead, they have been in talks with Lincoln Property Co. to use the parking lot at Arboretum Village at Gaston-Garland-Grand, and Lincoln has agreed to let them use the lot. When it’s all said and done, the alleyway behind Arboretum Village will connect to the Santa Fe Trail, which will connect to the White Rock Creek Trail, which will connect to the forthcoming SoPac Trail.

The trail will be 14 feet wide, 1.8 miles long and it will have three bridges. If all goes as planned, officials think construction on the trail will begin in summer of 2015.

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