A Dallas driveway cleanup and trail conversion program proposes changing paved driveways into unimproved driveways.
An example of a trail conversion is in the Cochran Heights neighborhood where a paved sidewalk now crosses a once overgrown driveway to Cochran Park.
“It’s really nice. It looks really inviting. I feel like if it was an overgrown path, I wouldn’t want to go to the park at all,” resident Rebecca Edwards said. .
Dallas has 1,365 unimproved lanes that are not used for garbage collection. Many are overgrown.
The city’s current budget includes $4.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for unenhanced lane cleaning. A briefing to be presented to the Dallas City Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday said 581 of the lanes had been cleaned as of Jan. 31, 2022. The cleanup must be completed by Sept. 30, 2022.
The briefing lists 33 lane segments that could be candidates for the type of trail conversion that was completed in Cochran Heights two years ago.
Residents, including Matt Troia, have contributed to this path with money, time and materials.
“I think it’s great when a local neighborhood gets involved and helps fund some of it,” Troia said. “It was pretty empty before and pretty dilapidated. Not a very pleasant place to walk around.
In new locations, residents would be asked to pledge to maintain the new trails, but the city has $4 million of COVID-19 relief money in the budget to help pay for trail conversions.
“I think it would be a great investment,” Edwards said. “I feel like paths like this make Dallas a more welcoming and fun place rather than just being run down. You see a lot of them around here. So, I really like the idea.
Residents of one of the new locations who declined to be named said they didn’t like the idea of a new path behind their homes that could invite in more people who don’t belong there.
Alley path conversion locations would require 2/3 neighbor approval.
Pitches do not have rear garage entrances in homes and must meet other criteria.