Doing the Continental
With the successful opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge well behind us, the community's attention has sifted to the parallel Continental Bridge.

As the evolving plans for the bridge came to light, bike advocates expressed concerns about the lack of a "separated bicycle infrastructure." Their preference would be bike-only lanes – like you might see on streets – as opposed to a trail shared by cycle traffic and pedestrians – like we have on our trails.

The 2006 Bond Program included $1.9 million to help convert the Continental Bridge into a pedestrian bridge over the Trinity. $8 million in funds were privately donated for the bridge project.

Property stakeholders adjacent to the Continental Bridge, the Dallas CityDesign Studio, the Wallace Roberts & Todd design firm, and the private donors have all contributed to the design process. The 2011 Dallas Bike Plan and the West Dallas Urban Structure and Guidelines also helped "inform" the design.

The result is a consensus plan that will create a place where families, runners, bicyclists, neighbors, visitors, and special events can all take advantage of the stunning views and Trinity River crossing.

Here is what's planned

Barring further, unforeseen delays, the city will award the construction contract within a few months. The project should take 16 months to complete.

  Hike, bike the Santa Fe Trail
The Santa Fe Trestle Hike and Bike Trail serves as the gateway to the Great Trinity Forest. It also offer beautiful views of the Trinity River, the floodway and the city skyline. Now open.

  West Dallas pumps it up
The new $27-million Pavaho Pump Station will dramatically reduce West Dallas flooding. Join us for the open house and ribbon-cutting event from 5-7 p.m., today, Tues. Oct. 23, 602 Canada Dr.

  Golf course makeover debuts
Originally opened in 1969, L.B. Houston golf course has completed a re-design by John C. Colligan. Now named Luna Vista the course will open for public play on Oct. 29, 11223 Luna Rd.

  Get to the Corps of the matter
The Trinity Wetlands were designed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers to lower flood risk and create a wildlife habitat. On Nov. 3 & 15, Corps ecologist Dr. Gary Dick will provide project insights.

  It only happens once a year
At the Dallas Sample Sale at Dallas Market Center savvy shoppers can find gifts, toys, clothing, home accessories, furniture, manufacturer samples and more at low prices, Nov. 8-12.

  New corridor eateries
Taking over the Victory Park space from Craft Dallas, Cook Hall will offer global gastropub fare when it opens at the end of October. Coming soon, Babb Bros. BBQ and Blues in Trinity Groves.

  Go to great lengths
Ahead are three opportunities to run the Trinity corridor. The Mayor's 5-K (Dec. 8) and Dallas Marathon (Dec. 9) cross the Trinity for the first time. The Jingle Bell Run gets us jolly on Dec. 19.

  North Oak Cliff Music Festival
In Lake Cliff Park on Nov. 3 , The Kessler Theater presents the first North Oak Cliff Music Festival. On tap: Joe Ely Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Alejandro Escovedo and more, 300 E. Colorado. is a project of the Trinity Commons Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization