THE FRIENDS OF SANTA FE TRAIL
We are a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for capital improvements, programs and operations related to the Santa Fe Trail, as well as generally supporting and enhancing the trail. The group is committed to preserving the culture of the communities it connects and providing a safe, inviting experience for all users. The Friends organization oversees the cultural and safety improvements, including but not limited to native landscaping, lighting, mile markers, bike racks, benches, trail heads and public art.
Uniting community through active appreciation of green space, the provision of alternative commuting options and respect and reflection of the unique qualities of East Dallas.
FOUNDING of FoSFT
In 2008, Monty Watson and Greg Furman founded the Friends of Santa Fe Trail, in an effort to encourage the City of Dallas (“CoD”) to put a trail in East Dallas allowing local neighborhoods to have a path—similar to the popular Katy Trail—for both recreation and alternative transportation. The CoD had been contemplating the current land (which they dubbed the “East Dallas Veloway”) for a trail since 2006, but hadn’t solidified a plan. The FoSFT co-founders, along with some other like-minded board members, helped to turn plan into action.
THE TRAIL IN 3 PHASES
The first of three phases of the Santa Fe Trail opened in 2009. The first stretch ran from the southern end of Hill Avenue to Glasgow Drive at Randall Park. The second phase opened in 2010 and extended from Randall Park all the way to White Rock Lake. Finally, 2016 saw the third phase open at the southern end of the trail. This last measure extended the trail south from Hill Avenue and included the “T-Intersection” where the trail splits, going east toward Fair Park and west toward Deep Ellum. Currently, the trail spans 4.5 miles from the White Rock Lake trailhead to the end of the trail at Elm Street in Deep Ellum.