Trinity River Corridor Project


“The Trinity is the future of Dallas, and we need to build irreversible momentum, to see this project through.”
– Major General Merdith W.B. (Bo) Temple, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, May 4, 2009

The Trinity River Corridor Project is the largest public works project in the history of Dallas, consisting of 20 miles and 10,000 acres of land in and along the Trinity River Corridor and the Great Trinity Forest. The five focuses of the project are:

Flood control  |  Recreation amenities  |  Improved transportation  |  Environmental restoration  |  Economic development

This ribbon of green that runs through the heart of the city is a catalyst bringing together neighborhoods and creating a stronger Dallas.

The Dallas Plan

The City of Dallas adopted its long-range “Dallas Plan” in 1994 which identified the Trinity River Corridor as one of six strategic initiatives that were critical to shaping the Dallas of the 21st century. The Dallas Plan’s policies emphasize the importance of addressing all key issues – flood protection, transportation, community and economic development, recreation and open space, and environmental restoration – in a coordinated way.

The Trinity River Corridor Plan

The Dallas Plan’s ideas for the Trinity River Corridor were supported by the “Trinity River Corridor Plan” and, under the leadership of Mayor Ron Kirk, were approved by the citizens of Dallas through a $246 million capital bond program in 1998. This plan was the work of three groups: the U.S. Corps of Engineers who began planning improvements to the levees, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Community Advisory Work Group” which discussed transportation needs in the vicinity of the river corridor, and the “Trinity River Corridor Citizens Committee” (TRCCC), a large group of citizens who made recommendations that were accepted by the City Council in 1995.

The Balanced Vision Plan

The Balanced Vision Plan was adopted by the Dallas City Council in 2003 and was the result of the Trinity Urban Design and Transportation Study – designed to take a fresh look at the potential of the Trinity River Corridor. It began in May 2002, when an independent study was conducted to review the past projects and recommend an urban design vision that would offer an appropriate balance among the inter-related issues. The study’s structure was unique as it was privately funded by individuals, corporations, and foundations. The clients for the study were Mayor Laura Miller and former Dallas County Judge Lee Jackson, two leaders who held differing views at the study’s outset. A team of three organizations coordinated the study – The Dallas Plan, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and AIA Dallas. A diverse selection panel, including architects, engineers, city staff and community leaders, reviewed proposals from top national urban design firms and unanimously selected the consultants for this study. Chan Krieger and Associates was selected to lead the urban design aspects of the study. Hargreaves and Associates provided landscape architecture expertise. TDA, Inc. provided transportation planning expertise. In addition to this initial team, Carter & Burgess provided expertise needed to address particular engineering issues. The Balanced Vision Plan provides the working plan from which designers are now detailing the The Trinity project. The plan emphasizes that “an amazing landscape lies behind the levees and is in need of civic affection and stewardship”.