The Trinity Strand Trail/Katy Trail Connection is a joint trail project between Trinity Strand Trail and Katy Trail. This project will connect 3.5 miles of Katy Trail with almost 8 miles of Trinity Strand Trail. The Connection will begin at Katy Trail's Victory Overlook and travel over Houston Street, through Stemmons Park and underneath Stemmons Freeway and Oak Lawn Avenue, connecting with the concrete spine of Trinity Strand Trail on the old Trinity River channel. When complete, this trail will join Uptown, downtown, the Dallas Design District, Southwestern Medical District, the Infomart, Stemmons Corridor business and hotels in the area.
The Connection will also serve as an accessory connection
to a future city park that will function as a landscaped gateway in the
area, traveling through Stemmons Park, an undeveloped piece of land near
the intersection of Stemmons Freeway and Oak Lawn Avenue. This park is rich
with history and used to house P.C. Cobb Stadium, a 23,000 seat arena for
high school sports. Since the stadium was demolished in 1985, it has been
used as a dumping ground and construction staging site, which has unfortunately
destroyed the native habitat and vegetation in the area.
In addition, a natural creek winds through the park. This portion of Turtle Creek is a small tributary of the Trinity River, with its headwaters located in University Park. Trinity Strand Trail will restore life back into this creek and the surrounding area and provide a natural space for relaxation within the highly urban Medical District, Market Center, Design District and downtown Dallas.