Five Mile Creek Greenbelt
Five Mile Creek Greenbelt is a big, bold vision for Dallas parks. The Greenbelt will create healthier and better connected communities with three new parks and 17 miles of trail stretching across Southern Dallas.
There are few projects that will have as big of an impact across Southern Dallas as the completion of the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt. With miles of trails, new parks, and connectivity to shops, schools, hospitals, and public transit, this project will have the power to make Dallas safer, stronger, and more connected.
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Organization: Founder, For Oak Cliff
In His Words: Toynes, who joined TPL’s National Board of Directors in 2021, sees green spaces as essential to well-being. “Everyone, no matter the age or person, race, creed, whatever, there’s one place that we all belong and that’s outside,” he says. “It’s the most natural space for you to be in. It provides you everything that you need to be in harmony, to be healthy.”
Community: Oak Cliff
Their Experience: Coombs Creek Drive is a narrow road with sharp turns. It’s the future site of the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, but it’s hard to navigate, especially when cars are whizzing by at 40 MPH. The Rios Family—a mom, dad, and their young kids—must wait long stretches of time before safely crossing the busy road and arriving at the grocery store. Their experience isn’t uncommon for many residents. Everyone deserves a space that connects to their local community, one that’s safe and doesn’t require a vehicle.
Organization: Founder, At Last!
In Their Words: Bowman knows the superpowers of the outdoors, especially for children. At Last! provides kids from less prosperous families with resources, academic coaching, and a nurturing environment—and their boarding facility, where kids live during the school week, neighbors South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park. “[I] can say ‘All right, tablets down, pencils down. We’re going to walk over to the park, and we’re going to take 15 minutes. And I want you to have as much fun as you can in that 15 minutes. Then we’re going to come back and get back on our stuff.’”