Ribbon cutting at Brookside Drive bridge on June 16, 2022. Photo courtesy of Amanda Domaschk.

Santa Fe Trail users will now be able to enjoy a new mural painted along the wall of the Brookside Drive bridge.

The mural has been in the works for months, with Woodrow Wilson High School students taking the lead on the art. It was spearheaded by Eva Braasch, who helped organize the project as part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 16 to introduce the community to the finished mural, with District 2 City Council member Jesse Moreno attending. Braasch cut the ribbon, and Haute Sweets Patisserie was passing out free treats.

This is just one new feature of the Santa Fe Trail. This week, the Dallas Park and Recreation Board approved the Santa Fe Trail Master Plan, which calls for many trail improvements; read more about it here. Included in the master plan is an initiative to plant new trees along the trail. The campaign to fund it, “Santa Fe Shade,” has been seeded by a donation from White Rock Alehouse and Brewery.

Woodrow Wilson High School student Eva Braasch cuts the ribbon in front of a new mural at the Brookside Drive bridge on June 16, 2022. Photo courtesy of Amanda Domaschk.

Hollywood/Santa Monica neighbor Alex O’Neil was the mural project lead, coordinating funding and other aspects. He and his father, Pat, applied anti-graffiti coating to preserve the mural. Samuel Mortimer from Friends of Santa Fe Trail and District 14 Park Board member Rudy Karimi helped acquire proper permitting for the mural.

Woodrow teacher and art adviser Jessica Raff came up with the initial design concept. The mural reads “welcome to the Santa Fe Trail.” Here are the students who took on the painting:

  • Sara Blewett
  • Zoe Cramer
  • Chappell Culbertson
  • Ava Deitz
  • Katherine Farner
  • Taylor Guerrero
  • Reid Jacobe
  • Claire Lawrence
  • Quinn McGuinness
  • Sydney Montalvo
  • Caylie Seidel
  • Grace Sullivan
  • Jac Robbins

These East Dallas neighbors and businesses supported the project by sponsoring the letters:

  • Blow Salon
  • Veletta Forsythe Lill
  • Kristin Kauffman
  • Amanda Quicksall
  • Rachel Caum
  • Erin Antesberger
  • Katherine Sanchez
  • Jennifer Near
  • Sara Ramos
  • Brooke Hebert
  • Amanda Domaschk

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