Frasier Dam Recreation Area
Our current area of focus is on the Green Belt of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. This project has turned this overlooked piece of natural beauty in the heart of Dallas into a world class recreation center open to the public. With 116-acres of wilderness to explore, you won’t believe you’re still in the city.
To get to the recreation area, start at the intersection of Harry Hines and Northwest Highway traveling southeast toward downtown, take the I-35 on ramp, and turn right into the parking area after you cross under the bridge.
Frasier Dam Recreation Area Vision:
This program is designed to create a 9+ mile soft surface trail system in the green belt utilizing existing trails carved out by illegal ATV usage in the area. The system is divided into .5 mile segments that are adoptable for corporations and individuals. Once adopted, the segment will be refurbished and prepared by Groundwork Dallas, and will be maintained by the adopting entity under the supervision of Groundwork Dallas. Adopting a trail provides several tangible benefits to companies including: marketing (through signage, publicity in local and national publications, access to a nationwide network of Groundwork partners), creating a corporate culture of service (encourages philanthropy amongst employees, merchandises philanthropic culture to recruits), and social goodwill (creates a company legacy, fosters goodwill with the City of Dallas). Companies (or individuals) can adopt segments for $10,000 which will be used for equipment, training, and preparing the trails. This program is vital to the success of maintaining the Elm Fork Green Belt project so the public can use it for hiking, biking, birding, canoeing, and kayaking. Contact Groundwork Dallas to adopt your segment of the Elm Fork Green Belt.
We have several partnerships with groups such as International Rescue Committee, Incarnation House, and many high schools around Dallas ISD. These partnerships serve both an educational and environmental purpose. The students volunteer their time for trash pickups, planting native flora, and other area maintenance. They also helps us monitor water quality in the Elm Fork Green Belt so we can understand and improve our restoration efforts of the area.
Sadly, this is one of the more immediate needs within the green belt. The Elm Fork Green Belt sits in a floodplain, and thus is highly susceptible to floatable refuse like plastic bottles, styrofoam, and (interestingly enough) discarded shoes. In the past 2 years, Groundwork Dallas has removed nearly 120 tons of trash from the greenbelt and other areas in Dallas. Thanks to you - the businesses, schools, individuals, and volunteer groups - we’re keeping the trash out of our recreation area.