Work begins soon on a portion of the SoPac, as trail improvements continue and arborists begin moving some trees around to shade the trail and patches of park, according to a notice from Dallas City Council District 9 representative Paula Blackmon.

Workers from Arbor Masters plan to raise tree lines over sidewalks, paved trails and adjacent mowed turf areas along parts of the the trail close to its White Rock Lake Trail connection. They’ll also cut about three feet of brush back from guard rails along the trail.

According to its company literature, Arbor Masters “contracts with municipalities across the region to make sure to keep the trees lining city parks and streets strong and healthy.”

The SoPac trail between approximately Tokalon and Northwest Highway will close for a few days beginning Monday, August 8 during hours while work is underway.

“Localized sections of the trail will be closed while work is occurring during the morning and afternoon but will reopen when work is done each day,” Blackmon notes in the announcement. She says the work is expected to take three to six days to complete.

The SoPac Trail was defined well before it was designed — it follows the old Southern Pacific Rail corridor — so planning since its inception has focused primarily on user and community experience, according to the master plan.

It stretches from Moss Park in Lake Highlands to the western shore of White Rock Lake, where it connects with the White Rock Lake and Santa Fe trails.