Among the several nonprofit groups updating media folks this afternoon at the Trinity Trust was the Dallas Watersports Complex, which surprised us, since, well, we hadn't heard of it. Victor Toledo, who was there representing the DWC, explained why.
"We purposely haven't talked about it much until we had all our permits in hand," he said.
With 13 of 15 permits in hand and zoning approved in December, Toledo said the DWC is on track to break ground at the end the month and could open sometime in April. The complex, which Toledo said he hopes will soon become a for-profit entity, is a cable waterskiing and wakeboarding park where riders are pulled by an overhead cable at approximately 18 miles per hour.
Located in West Dallas on Fishtrap Lake near the corner of Singleton Boulevard and North Hampton Road, Toledo said it will be the 10th such complex of its kind in the country and also the largest one in the U.S.
Update: As more than one Friend of Unfair Park has pointed out, yes, we teased this water sports complex last May, when West Dallas Chamber president Toledo announced it during a "State of the West" speech.
Special adviser to the Dallas CityDesign Studio and former Vancouver city planner Larry Beasley was also on hand to announce that the Dallas CityDesign Studio is up and running at City Hall and redevelopment plans for West Dallas, which he called a "forgotten area in the city," have been created. Beasley said these plans should reach the city council for approval sometime in the fall.
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Don Raines, a landscape designer working on the Continental Bridge, told us afterward that residents of Oak Cliff and West Dallas have expressed interested in a street car on the bridge, but the $10 million donation won't cover any transportation elements. He says he's more concerned about the pedestrian element: raising up the surface for vegetation and shade.
"Our focus is creating a place where people can go to be a human," he says.