The Friends of the Katy Trail
The Friends of the Katy Trail is a non-profit organization founded to organize community support for the Katy Trail, to advocate support for the Trail, to raise private funds for the completion of the Trail and to help the City of Dallas plan, build and maintain Trail improvements.
The Katy Trail is a 30-acre linear park running through the densest part of Dallas. The pedestrian and bicycle trail connects 125 acres of interrupted urban parkland with more than 300,000 residents living within a mile of the park. The Trail currently extends 3.5 miles from Lyte Street near the American Airlines Center to Airline Road near SMU, part of a future plan to connect White Rock Lake to the Trinity River.
Since its founding in 1997, Friends of the Katy Trail has helped secure more than $15 million of a $23 million plan, with $8.8 in government funding and $6.3 from private sources.
The annual Katy 5K Run, hosted by Friends of the Katy Trail, helps raise awareness and funds for the Trail. Friends of the Katy Trail has over 1,000 dues-paying members, whose support has helped fund off-duty Dallas Police patrols of the Trail.
The Friends of the Katy Trail has received several awards including a Livable Community Award for Community Impact from the Trans Texas Alliance, a Trinity Backlands Urban Forestry Award, a Community Millennium Trail award for the White House Millennium Council, an American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a Greater Dallas Planning Council award.