The Loop Dallas is a 55-mile circuit trail system that will connect the City of Dallas in an unprecedented and equitable way. By joining 39 miles of existing trails in Dallas with 11 miles of newly built trails, The Loop Dallas increases access to public transportation and green space ensuring Dallasites can access these resources across the city.
The Circuit Trail Conservancy (CTC) is the 501(c)(3) partnering with the City of Dallas to build The Loop Dallas. Following unanimous approval from the Dallas City Council in 2018, the CTC and the City’s partnership was established to create a comprehensive, alternative transportation solution funded by a combination of public and generously donated private dollars. By strategically building new trails linked to existing ones, the CTC is leading the formation of a walkable circuit in the heart of urban Dallas.
The 11 miles of needed trails that will complete the Loop Dallas are currently under construction.
If you would like to get on one of the existing trails, check out the map below.
A catalyst for mobility and economic opportunity, The Loop Dallas will make Dallas more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly, creating a sense of community across our city and making abundant green space part of our identity. By bringing connection to more neighborhoods and creating a stronger, more united Dallas, The Loop Dallas’ urban trail system is the single most important investment Dallas can make for our residents for generations to come.
Parkdale Lake and the surrounding 110 acres is an area of untapped beauty that most people living in the city have never experienced. This new greenspace will allow Dallas residents to not only safely walk and bike in an area of natural beauty, but will also create a connection point between neighborhoods and the rest of Dallas.
Parkdale Lake is the largest parkland dedication in Dallas since 1937. The result of a joint effort between Oncor Electric Delivery, the City of Dallas and the Circuit Trail Conservancy (CTC), the nonprofit completing The Loop Dallas, a 50 mile walk and bike trail connecting north, south, east and west Dallas. A critical piece of The Loop Dallas is the Trinity Forest Spine Trail, a nine mile connection from White Rock Lake to the Great Trinity Forest. With this donation, the Circuit Trail Conservancy can complete the Trinity Forest Spine Trail, and The Loop Dallas, in its entirety, bringing together neighborhoods that have long been disconnected and make walkable, bikeable green space a strong part of Dallas’ identity.
Dallas already has a number of incredible trails. However, these trails are not easily or safely accessible for many residents.
Over a decade ago, the City of Dallas adopted a city-wide master trail plan to link community neighborhoods to transportation hubs and economic centers. The Loop Dallas is a comprehensive effort realizing that vision, aligning public and private funds to advance city-wide interests. These connections will provide a reliable, safe transportation option for residents to access the social and economic opportunities Dallas has to offer.
Currently, many Dallas neighborhoods and regions are not benefiting from the economic growth and investment experienced by others. By increasing the number of trails and setting the quality standard of future trails in Dallas, The Loop Dallas will bridge geographic barriers that have isolated neighborhoods from transportation hubs. It will provide a walkable and bikeable solution to connect people and resources in all corners of our city via abundant green space that is easy and enjoyable to use.
Dallas is an entrepreneurial city where the private and philanthropic sectors partner with our civic leaders to deliver meaningful projects that improve our quality of life. As our region continues to grow, The Loop Dallas will help ensure all Dallasites are able to access more of the economic opportunities and amenities our city has to offer for generations to come.
Additionally, The Loop Dallas is a widely supported project that has a strong backing from Dallas voters, “Friends Groups,” civic leaders and elected officials who have made this project a priority for our city. Community support has been the cornerstone of some of Dallas’ most beloved and successful developments, and the widespread support and advocacy for The Loop Dallas is another example of residents coming together from across our city to create meaningful connections and new opportunities. Our project and other similar works in the community serve as a testament to the strength of a more unified Dallas and of what can be accomplished by working together.
Construction on the Hi Line Connector and the North Phase of the Trinity Forest Spine Trail will begin by April 2021, and all four new trails in The Loop Dallas will be under construction by 2022. Each trail segment is estimated to take between 12 – 24 months to complete, but as with any construction project, completion is dependent upon weather and other external conditions.
In 2008, the City of Dallas passed a 230-mile master trail plan. However, without a private sector advocate, the project would have cost the City hundreds of millions of dollars and taken decades to complete. By working with public and private stakeholders, the CTC is taking a holistic approach to raise funds to build The Loop Dallas. To date, $43 million in funding has been secured to build The Loop Dallas, including: $10 million raised by the CTC from private donors, $20 million allocated in the 2017 Dallas Bond Package, $8 million allocated to the Hi Line Connector by Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments and $5 million allocated to the Trinity Forest Spine Trail by Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel.