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Cleaning Up My Local Trails

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My Trail Cleanup Rig

Richardson continues to impress me with their network of great bike and pedestrian access routes throughout the city. As part of that, we have some really nice multi-purpose trails. However, over time and through excessive usage, they have’ve gotten covered in litter, animal waste and broken glass. Instead of complaining about the mess, my local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, decided to take the maintenance and care of our trail network into our own hands.

Broom Bike and Billy The Goat

My Bike with Howard and His Goat, Billy

We scheduled our first, hopefully of many, Trail Clean Up Days. Given such short notice, and everybody’s busy schedules, our first turnout wasn’t that great. We did get a few volunteers from all around the city, as well as somebody from our neighboring city, Plano. The plan was to try and fill as many trash bags (provided by the city) as possible in two hours.

Overall, we were pretty successful in filling 8-10 bags—not bad for a small group of people. Think about what we could have accomplished with more volunteers. There was still a lot more trash on the trail that we couldn’t get to. Perhaps we’ll get it all the next time.

Our goal is to do this more often than not—hopefully in other parts of the city as well. My only hope is that we’ve inspired other people to get out there and care for the public areas near them. This is our city, and we need to take responsibility for it.

Clean Trail Under The Bridge

Getting The Trash Beyond The Trail

 

Written by dickdavid

February 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

New Trail In Garland: Lee F. Jackson – Spring Creek Forest Preserve

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Lee F. Jackson Spring Creek Forest Preserve

I first heard about the Lee F. Jackson, Spring Creek Forest Preserve Trail on Facebook. It’s a small recreational trail, located on the northwest side of Garland, between N. Garland Avenue and Holford Road. Click here to see it on a map.

Like a lot of trails in north Dallas, it’s nice and scenic, but doesn’t go anywhere. Looking at the area map, it looks like there is the potential for the preserve to connect many Richardson and Garland neighborhoods to some major retail areas in Garland – including Firewheel Town Center. For now, it just starts at a parking lot on Holford Road and ends mid-block at N. Garland Avenue.

Even getting to it by bike is slightly difficult. Holford is a narrow two lane road with no shoulder, and isn’t very bike friendly.  Fortunately, there isn’t much traffic on it.

Lee F. Jackson Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Holford Road

Once you are on the trail, it’s a smooth, paved route that goes for a little more than a half mile. Part of it runs along Spring Creek, which has a nice view.

Lee F. Jackson Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Lee F. Jackson Spring Creek Forest Preserve

The route is a lot more relaxed than the stretch of Arapaho, between Shiloh and N. Garland Road. If you are in the area, you should check it out. I’ll be keeping an eye on this area, in hopes that the trail will get extended to make it more accessible for commuting.

Written by dickdavid

August 6, 2013 at 7:55 am