To celebrate the opening of a newly cleared “Meadow Loop Trail”, a dedication program and ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, October 7th at the trail site on the southern part of Keist Park. This was located just south of Kiest Blvd, and on the eastside of Hampton.
A Grow South Grant had been awarded to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, who put the money to good use on this project. Jon Papp, the President of the organization welcomed everyone to the celebration, and gave recognition to the volunteers.
Remarks were given by Dwaine Caraway, City Councilman for District 4, Vana Hammond, Grow South, Willis Winters, Director of Dallas Parks Department, Sam Franklin, Dallas Parks Department, and Robert Abtani, President Dallas Park Board.
Light refreshments were offered, as well as an optional trail walk for those prefering to walk part or all of the trail. Another added feature was a veiwing of the “native” prairie meadow located at the entrance to the new trail. Getting to this new trail was just a short hike down the Bridal Trail.
Volunteers included the University of North Texas in Dallas, North Dallas Adventist Academy, Lassiter High School Honor Society, Sunset High School Key Club, Century Air Conditioning, Boy Scouts Troop 2012, Active Network, Dallas County Master Naturalists, and the Dallas County Master Gardeners. Many of whom were in attendance on this day.