Ned and Genie Fritz Texas Buckeye Trail Project in Blair Park

Join the City of Dallas, Parks & Recreation, North Texas Master Naturalists, Trinity Coalition, and Bonton Farms on our new project. Fall 2021, we will resume the monthly work days. Summer 2021, we are reaching out to the Bonton community and nearby Boy Scouts of America Troops to develop relationships with our team.

Ultimate goals:

  • Liberate the Texas Buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. arguta) grove from the privet (Ligustrum)
  • Involve the Bonton neighborhood and find leaders to join our volunteer team

Following direction from Dallas Parks & Recreation (DPR):

#1) Reestablish and maintain three segments of the Texas Buckeye trail soft surface loop. The trail is to be three feet wide to eliminate the ragweed and other overgrowth on the trail. DPR’s primary concern is hikers getting lost and calling 911.

#2) Liberate the Texas Buckeye Grove from privet. DPR has stated that only Texas Master Naturalists (TMN) may work around the Texas Buckeyes or closely supervise others. The volunteer crew will take the privet to a designated point for city pick-up.  The privet is to be cut 6 inches from the ground and tagged.  DPR will direct staff to re-cut and treat per city guidelines afterwards.

#3) Find, reestablish and maintain the Bois d’arc Trail.

#4) Eventually find, reestablish, and maintain several other nameless trails in Blair Park.

Part of every step of the above plan is identifying and tagging (yellow biodegradable marker tape) native plants near the trail and remove the invasive plants to create safe trails for the public.

Longer term: Adding signage, leading trail walks and educating the public.

Location: 7000 Bexar St., Dallas 75215, near Bonton Farms.  If the cul-de-sac is full, park along Bexar.  On work days, we meet at the circle concrete trail head over the levees.

Important Notes: All volunteers must sign a waiver from the City of Dallas to work on city property.  Per DPR, only hand tools are allowed for use by volunteers.

May 2021: Results of first work day on soft surface loop entrance. Approximately 200 feet of trail was widened to 3 feet per DPR in eight people hours. The trail was not visible before the work began. Photo courtesy of Kristi Kerr Leonard

A Texas Buckeye (Aesculus glabra var. arguta) bloom March 2021. Photo courtesy of Amy Martin

3rd Saturday dates for trail work from 10a-12:30p

Awaiting final approval from Brett Johnson, City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department.

2021

-Sept. 18
Rain Date: 9/25
 
-Oct. 16
Rain Date: 0/23
 
-Nov. 20
Rain Date: NONE due to Thanksgiving
 
-Dec. 18
Rain Date: NONE due to Christmas
 

2022

-Jan. 15
Rain Date: 1/22
 
-Feb. 19
Rain Date: 2/26
 
-Mar. 19
Rain Date: 3/26
 
-Apr. 16
Rain Date: 4/23
 
-May 21 (if over 85 degrees, we will change time to earlier in the day)
Rain Date: 5/28
 
– Break for 2022 summer heat.

 

Comments are closed.