Katy Trail News

Calling All Volunteers: Annual Support Campaign

In the fall, the Annual Support Campaign will kick off to raise money for the ongoing maintenance and management of the Katy Trail. 

Remember that the city doesn’t pay to keep the Katy Trail the place we love to hang out -- 95 percent of the annual cost of the Trail’s upkeep must come from private sources. The Friends of the Katy Trail has three main sources of revenue for Trail upkeep:  annual memberships, the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K and the Annual Support Campaign.

During the Annual Support Campaign, volunteers will call on their friends, neighbors and colleagues to donate to help keep the Katy Trail the recreational jewel that it is.  Of course, the more volunteers there are, the more money gets raised.

So commit now to help. To volunteer, contact Ashleigh Falk at 214-303-1180 or Lauren@KatyTrailDallas.org



Would You Work Out in a Fur Coat?

Please keep an eye out for your pet. The weather is already near 100 degrees and during these hot and humid months pets can suffer from a condition known as hyperthermia or heat stroke.

  • Puppies can't regulate body temperature as well as adult dogs. Your puppy  can get overheated when exercising on a hot day so bring along plenty of water.
  • Don't exercise your dog during the hottest parts of the summer.
  • Watch for signs of puppy heat stroke: excessive panting; noisy breathing;bright red gums and tongue; weakness and collapse
  • If it is too hot for you to walk on the sidewalk concrete barefoot then it is too hot to walk your dog. The pads of their paws will burn.
  • Walk your dog only early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set. Bring along water and make frequent water stops. Don't take long walks in the heat of the summer.
  • Dogs cool themselves by panting and if the panting does not reduce the heat then the dog can have a heat stroke.
  • Dogs get sunburned, especially dogs with short hair.
  • Overweight and older dogs have more trouble in the hot days of summer
  • Snub nose dogs have poor panting mechanisms and are more susceptible to being overcome by the heat.
  • Panting does not cool your dog well when outside temperature and and body temperature are close to 103 degrees.



Love the Katy Trail? Become  a Member! 

Be a Friend with Benefits:   

The Friends of the Katy Trail is the nonprofit group that organizes the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K and also manages and maintains the Trail.  So if you are a fan of the Trail, then you need to ask yourself, “What have I done for the Trail lately?” As you know, membership has its privileges

Did you know that members get a discount on the entry fee to the Katy 5K? If you missed the boat on that perk, here are some more reasons to become a Friend with benefits. 

  •  Invitations to exclusive members-only parties (including free booze and food!)
  •  Discounts on Katy Trail event registrations
  • Quarterly newsletters to keep you in the know about your favorite Trail
  • The feeling of doing good
  • And much, much more
  • Need more info?  Contact Ashleigh at Ashleigh@KatyTrailDallas.org.


Making the Katy Trail a Safe Place for All Users

Happy Trails Safety Campaign:

You have probably noticed some new signs on the Trail. These signs are part of the City of Dallas Park and Recreation safety and awareness campaign called “Happy Trails” for the hike and bike trails in the Dallas area. The new campaign will include 450 informational signs posted along city trails; television and radio spots; social networking reminders; and clearer, uniform markings at spots where roads and trails meet.

About 100 of the signs were up across the city on Thursday, May 5th. The happy face signs touch on 10 messages, including “Safe Speed,” “Stay Right,” “Announce Left” and “Look Before U-Turn.”

Happy Trails” is a reminder that when we all follow the safety guidelines of our popular trails, we ensure a safe, fun experience for everyone! The goal is to educate all trail users so they can share the space safely.

To learn more visit http://www.happytrailsdallas.com/.

  • Keep to the right.
  • Announce “passing on left” when passing someone in front of you.
  • Always look both ways before moving across the Trail.
  • Watch your speed and remain in control at all times.
  • If using headphones, turn the volume so you can hear those behind you. Consider using only one ear piece.
  • Watch children carefully.
  • Keep pets on a short leash.
  •  If running or walking, use the soft surface designated for pedestrians.
  •  Be conscious of your space – walk single file, don’t pass too close to others.
  • Stop to look for traffic before crossing at Knox and Harvard streets.