Monday, October 27, 2014

You Run on the Katy Trail and the Katy Trail Runs on You!



October is full of so many of our favorite things: falling leaves, trick-or-treaters, cooler weather, and of course, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! But for the staff at Friends of the Katy Trail October is always a month based on giving. Each October we challenge ourselves to raise $150,000 to end our fundraising season with a bang. It’s a lofty task, but each year we are humbled by the generosity of our community during this Annual Support Campaign.

The Katy Trail stretches through 3.5 miles of Dallas’ most densely populated areas. From American Airlines Center to SMU, the trail takes trail users through exceptional neighborhoods, trendy hotspots and connects to a multitude of parks. The trail itself covers 20 acres which, as you can imagine, comes with a lot of maintenance.

Friends of the Katy Trail funds everything you see and enjoy along the trail: organic landscaping, water fountains, benches, and the upkeep of the beautiful plazas along the trail that so many people use to relax and take in the beauty around them. We also take care of so many things that you don’t see or may take for granted like hiring safety patrol officers, graffiti removal and paying the electric and water bills.

Without support from the community the Katy Trail would go nowhere. Although the Katy Trail is a city park, it is privately funded. It is up to Friends of the Katy Trail to raise more than $700,000 each year to keep the trail in peak conditions for everyone to enjoy.  

If you are one of the 20,000 people who use the Katy Trail each week, you should give back. If you are one of the many businesses who conducts business near the trail or uses the Katy Trail in their marketing techniques, then you should definitely give back! While we have had a successful campaign so far, we still have 1/3 of our goal to raise and we are running out of time.

Don’t rely on others to give for you; gifts of any size are welcome during our Annual Support Campaign.


Gifts can also be made by phone or mail

Call 214-303-1180

Mail to 5207 McKinney Avenue, Suite 19A, Dallas 75205


Help us keep the Katy Trail a peak resource for the city of Dallas and make a tax-deductible donation today!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrate North Texas Giving Day with us at the Katy Trail Ice House


September is a great month for the Katy Trail and not just because it promises for cooler temperatures.  September is packed full of member events and of course, North Texas Giving Day! Last year on North Texas Giving Day you blew our expectation way out of the water and helped us raise more than $34,000. We know we can do it again this year and we plan to celebrate big at the Katy Trail Ice House.

All donations made on North Texas Giving Day from 6am to midnight of $25 or more are partially matched so it’s the perfect opportunity to give – your dollars will go farther. In the past 5 years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $60 million into our community; needless to say, we are thrilled to be part of this incredible event.

Help us celebrate by joining us at the Katy Trail Ice House from 5-7pm on September 18th. The event is open to non-members, but we do ask that attendees consider making a donation of $25 or more. Food and drink will be graciously provided by the Ice House. Donations can be made online that day or we can take them in person that evening at the event.

Help us keep the Katy Trail in great shape – we need your support!

Volunteer Spotlight: Billy Hartwell


Billy Hartwell first joined the Friends of the Katy Trail in 2009. Since then he has become an active volunteer serving on our Membership and Marketing Committee. He has donated his time and talent to the trail for years designing clever campaigns and signage for the Katy Trail. If you’ve ever noticed those fun safety signs along the trail reminding you about things like “Ah-Chihuahua, it’s hot - Hydrate yourself and your 4-legged friends frequently”, then you have seen his work.

Billy runs or bikes on the trail 4 times a week and feels passionate about giving back. “As a marketing guy I support the Trail because it's a great product. I love it!” says Hartwell. When he’s not on the trail he stays busy as the Managing Director at Agency Hartwell. We are so grateful for his support!

Snyder's Union Ramp Almost Complete


Construction is underway at Snyder’s Union to connect the Katy Trail to the wonderful neighboring outdoor space, Lee Park. The ramp will make it easier for our everyone to get across Turtle Creek and up on the trail, especially those on bikes, blades or skateboards. Construction began shortly after the spring groundbreaking ceremony and is set to be complete in early October.

The ramp is being made possible by a private donation from the Snyder family who has been long time donors to the Katy Trail. They are also responsible for funding Snyder’s Union, the trail’s largest plaza, and the ramp to connect to Lee Park below has always been part of their vision. We are thrilled that this is now coming to fruition and are extremely grateful to the Snyder family for this generous gift that benefits the entire community.

To date the construction has had little impact on the Katy Trail, but in the upcoming weeks the trail will be partially closed in that area. Trail users will still be able to get through, but there could be some congestion so please use caution in that area. Safety signs and flag men will be in place on the trail during this time. Please have patience with us as we work to complete the project and with other trail users while sharing the path.

Playing it Safe


We to do what we can to keep the Katy Trail a peaceful resource for our community to enjoy, but we need your help to keep it clean and safe. Two things that have come to the forefront lately are unattended children and over attended cats.

We don’t have anything against kids or cats, but they both have their place on the trail. If you bring children out on the trail, please keep a watchful eye on them. Too many times we have seen joggers and bikers dodging kids who have crossed over to their path. And it’s not just kids using the trail, the problem also occurs near the trail at plazas or restaurants nearby. If you stop to rest or grab a bite to eat, please make sure that your child knows to stay out of oncoming traffic. You wouldn't let your child play in the street, so please don’t let them play on the trail.

As for the cats, we have been working with Dallas Animal Services, Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance and local veterinarians on implementing a TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program. To date, more than 45 stray cats have been caught, spayed or neutered and then released back to the trail. With help from the community the population will reduce and become less of a nuisance. We are asking our neighbors along the trail to not feed the cats unless they have talked to our office. Food should never be placed on the trail or within 10 feet of the trail, and it should never be left to sit for hours. Cat food on the trail creates a hazard for trail users and attracts more cats and other unwanted animals. If you see anyone not cooperating, please direct them to our office. We can’t control the population unless everyone complies. We are extremely grateful for the Feral Friends Community Cat Alliance and their volunteers who have been working hard to manage the problem and funding the expense.

Thank you all for your cooperation. New signs have been placed on the Katy Trail this week in trouble spots to remind everyone to be good stewards of the trail. 

The Curse of the Katy 5K Continues


Keeping up with tradition, we got rain not once, but twice this year at the annual Michelob Ultra Katy 5K. For the first time in the run’s 16 year history the race was canceled due to severe weather on the original date in May. Both the Katy Picnic and race course had been set up, but shortly before race time the area was struck with tornado speed winds. After surveying the damage to find our start line destroyed, tents blown over and debris and flooding along the race course we knew the damage was beyond repair and we had to cancel the event to keep our participants and volunteers safe.

Fortunately we were able to reschedule and give everyone involved a second chance. Although the day started off with a bad case of déjà vu as the weather forecast showed severe storms and baseball size hail in the hours to come, the weather held off. Thousands of supporters showed on June 12th, to run the race and attend the party. Close to 50 area restaurants served food to our hungry runners and of course the Michelob Ultra was in full flow. The run is a local favorite with the race selling out for the past several years.

The Michelob Ultra Katy 5K is our largest fundraiser of the year helping us to reach our annual operating goal of $700,000. While we hoped to net $200,000 from the 5K, we came in just a few thousand shy due to the cost of setting up the event on both dates.  All-in-all we still chalk this year’s event up as a huge success thanks to our sponsors, participants, volunteers and 5K committee. Planning has already started for next year’s event and we look forward to see what Mother Nature throws at us next!

New Wheels on the Katy Trail


Friends of the Katy Trail was gifted some new wheels this summer and if you are on the Katy Trail during the week, then you've probably seen our Trail Manager, Bill Williams, at the helm! Earlier this year we received a call from an anonymous foundation asking about our current needs along the trail and together we decided that the best use of donated funds would be to replace our lemon of a golf cart.

The golf cart is a necessary tool for our staff. Especially for Williams who is on the trail Tuesday – Friday checking to make sure everything is in working order. With 3.5 miles of trail we are constantly undergoing maintenance on our sprinkler systems, lights in addition to removing graffiti and caring for the landscape. Williams isn't just our Trail Manager, he's quite the Katy Trail historian too. A Dallas native and longtime runner, Williams was running the trail when it was still a railroad so he’s seen it come a long way. He has a passion for the Katy Trail and he’s happy to share it so say hello next time you see him. He may even give you a ride.

Our list of needs is constantly growing. If you or your company would like to help out, please contact our office. We’d love to hear from you.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Start Your Week Off With Some Spice!

It's been too long since we have seen our members so we hope you all can join us August 18th at Fernando's Mexican Cuisine just off the Katy Trail!



Fernando's will graciously be serving up one frozen margarita and chips and salsa to Friends of the Katy Trail members. Dress cool and casual because we will be out on the patio and be sure to RSVP to lauren@katytraildallas.org.

Member Social
Fernando's Mexican Cuisine
4514 Travis Street, Suite 201
5pm - 7pm

We're also firming up details on our September member events including a yoga class at Vital Fitness and a North Texas Giving Day celebration at the Katy Trail Ice House. If you aren't sure if your membership is current, but don't want to miss out on all the fun; contact our office and we will help you out. We can be reached at 214.303.1180 or email our Membership and Marketing Director at lauren@katytraildallas.org.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We're Raffling off a Plasma TV!

 Buy Raffle Tickets

Our neighbors at Starpower have graciously given us a 51 inch Samsung Plasma TV to raffle off at the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K! Raffle tickets are on sale now and the more you buy - the more you save!

1 for $10
2 for $20
5 for $40 
10 for $85

Not participating in the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K? No problem - you don't have to be present to win. Although we will announce the winner during the event, we will notify our big winner via email following the event on June 12th. Tickets will be available for purchase online through noon on June 11th. They can also be purchased at the Friends of the Katy Trail booth at the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K by cash or credit card.

Tickets are no longer available online, but they can be purchased at the Friends of the Katy Trail tent at the Katy Picnic tomorrow. Winner will be announced around 8:30pm. You do not need to be present to win.

Thank you Starpower for supporting Friends of the Katy Trail! Proceeds from this raffle will go right back in to maintaining the Katy Trail to keep in such great shape for everyone to enjoy!


 Starpower




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Safety and Membership Drive - Saturday March 29th!

Spring is here! With that warmer weather comes more people on the Katy Trail and we ask that you all be good stewards by staying safe and respecting your fellow trail users.

On March 29th we will have a Safety Drive on the Katy Trail to educate our trail users and promote safe habits on and off the trail. Stop by and see us - we will be at Snyder's Union from 9am-2pm.. We will have fun activities for the kids like face-painting and the chance to ride along with Highland Park Police Officer Lance Koppa on the Katy Trail at 10am and 11am. And for you adults we will be raffling off gift cards to Luke's Locker and giving away Katy Trail gear.

Special thanks for our partners in this event:
Bicycles Plus
Bike DFW
Equinox
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital


In the meantime, some good tips to remember are:
  • KEEP TO THE RIGHT
  • ANNOUNCE ‘PASSING ON LEFT’
  • ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING OR CHANGING DIRECTIONS
  • WATCH SPEEDS ON BICYCLES AND KEEP A 3 FEET DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AT ALL TIMES
  • USE HEADPHONES RESPONSIBLY
  • WATCH CHILDREN CAREFULLY
  • KEEP PETS ON A SHORT LEASH
  • WHEN POSSIBLE STAY ON THE CORRECT PATH - THE SOFT PATH IS MEANT FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS AND THE HARD PATH IS MEANT FOR BIKERS AND BLADERS
  • WHEN IN A GROUP STAY IN A SINGLE FILE LINE.
  • WATCH FOR TRAFFIC WHEN CROSSING STREETS AT HARVARD AND KNOX

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Art Contest for Kids!


We're holding an art contest and the winning pieces will be displayed on the Katy Trail! This month we are focusing on Katy Trail safety and we want all ages to get involved. Talk to your kids about what it means to be safe on the trail and then have them portray their safety ideas in a drawing and send it our way. Text with safety slogans are encouraged - here are some helpful reminders:

  • KEEP TO THE RIGHT
  • ANNOUNCE ‘PASSING ON LEFT’
  • ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING OR CHANGING DIRECTIONS
  • WATCH SPEEDS ON BICYCLES AND KEEP A 3 FEET DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AT ALL TIMES
  • USE HEADPHONES RESPONSIBLY
  • WATCH CHILDREN CAREFULLY
  • KEEP PETS ON A SHORT LEASH
  • WHEN POSSIBLE STAY ON THE CORRECT PATH - THE SOFT PATH IS MEANT FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS AND THE HARD PATH IS MEANT FOR BIKERS AND BLADERS
  • WHEN IN A GROUP STAY IN A SINGLE FILE LINE.
  • WATCH FOR TRAFFIC WHEN CROSSING STREETS AT HARVARD AND KNOX

Then send photo or scan of your child’s safety themed image to us at office@katytraildallas.org. We will select winners from four categories: grades K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th.  Not only will your child’s artwork be on display in front of thousands at our Membership and Safety Drive on March 29th, but we will also hook them up with some pretty cool Katy Trail gear and a Katy Trail Kids annual membership. See the full details here. Entries must be received by 3/25 for consideration.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Member Social at Origin Kitchen and Bar!


Join your fellow Friends of the Katy Trail at Origin Kitchen and Bar Tuesday, February 25th for our first member social of 2014! Members will receive a complimentary cocktail and light appetizers will be passed. If you haven't been inside Origin in a couple months, you'll need to see their recently redone space. We hope to see you there!

Origin Kitchen and Bar
Tuesday, 2/25 from 5:00-7:00pm
4438 McKinney Avenue #150

To RSVP and/or check your member status, please email
Lauren@KatyTrailDallas.org

Monday, January 27, 2014

Friends of the Katy Trail is on the Go!

We have made it easier for you to access our website anytime. This month we launched a mobile friendly website that will make navigating our site easier on your smartphones and tablets. Before the website was optimized it was difficult to read and fill out donation and registration forms, but with help from Interactive Mobile Concepts you can stay up to date on Katy Trail goodness wherever you are. So pick up your tablet or smartphone and check out our new look at KatyTrailDallas.org now!

Patti Pettit, 2014 David Stocks Award Recipient

Friends of the Katy Trail Executive Director, Robin Baldock, present this year's David Stocks Award to Patti Pettit (right).

Each December we are honored with the task of presenting the David Stocks Award to a deserving volunteer at our year end board meeting. Named after our inaugural Executive Director, the David Stocks Award is presented to someone who has exemplified outstanding service to the Friends of the Katy Trail and we are delighted to announce that our latest recipient is former Board Member, Patti Pettit.

If you have attended one of our member events, then you have likely met Patti. She has lovingly been dubbed our cheerleader due to her positive attitude and warm, welcoming demeanor.  But don’t let that sweet disposition fool you, Patti is a real go-getter. Although due to other ventures, Patti was only able to serve on our board for one year, she accomplished so much in that short time. As chair of our Membership Committee she brought so many new faces to our organization and worked to bring events to our members each month instead of each quarter. She has secured more member perks than anyone in our organization and built many new corporate relationships as well.

Although Patti is no longer on our board she has a passion for the Katy Trail and will work to better the trail and our organization for many years to come. We congratulate Patti on being this year’s David Stocks award recipient and wish her well in her new endeavors.

Huddleston Sculpture and Dedication

Artist Michelle O'Micheal explains her artistic vision to guests at the Huddleston Sculpture Dedication

By now you have surely noticed the new piece of artwork installed on the trail near mile marker 107. The piece, “Steel Remembers” was created by artist Michelle O’Michael through private donations to honor the memory of Lauren Huddleston, the young woman who tragically lost her life on the Katy Trail in 2010. The sculpture design was based on a DNA strip to signify healthy living centered around a curved pole pointing to the heavens showing the journey of Lauren’s soul.

Friends and family of Lauren commissioned both the sculpture and installation on the Katy Trail and a formal dedication was held in late September at the Katy Trail Ice House. The dedication was attended by many of Lauren’s family and friends who helped make the sculpture possible. Lauren’s legacy will live on in other ways as well. She was an organ donor and her donor recipient attended the dedication along with his family. It truly was an inspiring and beautiful day.

“This sculpture is a celebration of the lives of all trail users, especially Ms. Huddleston,” said O’Michael and we couldn’t agree more. Not only is this a beautiful addition the Katy Trail, but we hope it serves as a reminder to all to be safe and mindful of others on the Katy Trail.

Uptown Dallas Supports the Katy Trail and Our Police Officers

Executive Director Robin Baldock, Police Officers Phil Misgrove and Rob Readdy and Membership and Marketing Director Lauren Whitson with new donated bikes.

Uptown Dallas has been longtime supporters of Friends of the Katy Trail and we recently honored them with their own mile marker engraved in the path. You will find them north of the mile marker 110 between the Lemmons.

For the past two years Uptown’s donations have gone to help fund our off-duty police officers.We spend more than $50,000 a year on off-duty police officer salaries to make sure peak hours and weekends are always covered. To have Uptown cover half the cost is a huge relief to our budget.

“The Katy Trail is such an important part of what makes Uptown so enjoyable, and enhancing public safety in the neighborhood is a major initiative for Uptown Dallas, Inc.  With that in mind, continuing our support of the bicycle police patrol on the Trail was a no-brainer”, says Amy Gibson, Executive Director of Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Uptown isn’t the only one giving our officers props lately. After an anonymous donor learned that the condition of our weekday officers bikes was less than ideal, he helped us purchase new ones. Our officers bike between 30 and 40 miles on the Katy Trail each day so it is crucial for them to have top notch equipment to better serve our trail users.

Safety is our number one priority on the Katy Trail and we are thankful to have such outstanding police officers monitoring the Katy Trail. They work long hours in all sorts of weather conditions to keep everyone safe. Next time you see them out on the trail let them know you appreciate their efforts.

Goal Surpassed for Annual Support Campaign


Each October, the Friends of the Katy Trail conducts an Annual Support Campaign to raise money for operations and ensure we meet our annual fundraising goal. This is one of the few times we ask supporters to give in addition to their membership. Our goal for 2013 was $150,000 which was up from $125,000 in 2012. A lofty goal considering the short 30 day timeline, but you all delivered and we not only met, but surpassed our goal making our 2014 Annual Support Campaign total $174,828! We are extremely grateful to have the support of so many families and businesses in our area.

Major support came from Trammel Crow Residential donating $25,000! Other top donors include Alamo Manhattan, Company Café, JLB, Hillwood, Katy Trail Ice House, Sarofim Realty and Westdale. Thank you banners are up along the trail recognizing individual donors that gave $1,000 or more and businesses that gave $5,000. Check them out and be sure to thank those you know for supporting the Katy Trail. To view a complete list of all of our major supporters click here.

Each year we are tasked with raising more than $650,000 to fund the electric and water bills, salaries for safety patrol officers, and maintenance and improvements for the Katy Trail.  With over 20 acres of trail to landscape, fertilize and preserve these funds are dire to keeping the trail safe, beautiful and clean. We are grateful for such a giving community who believe in the Katy Trail and hope to see it continue to flourish in years to come.

Ways to continue to support the Katy Trail in 2014:


Trammell Crow Residential Hosts Annual Better Best Event

Our annual Better Best event, which honors our top donors, was hosted by Trammell Crow Residential at Old Parkland on November 14th. All members who give at the Better Membership level of $500 and above are invited to hear the latest news on the Katy Trail and most importantly, it’s a chance for our staff and board to personally thank donors for their support. The event was chaired by former board member and current membership committee member Pat Snoots who has worked with us on the event for several years. Other notable attendees include Bobby Snyder, Stacey and Arnie Verbeek and Sarah and Jim Hutcheson.

Trammell Crow Residential has been long time supporters of the Katy Trail and with their current development in the works off the Katy Trail at ‘Goat Hill’ it was a perfect time to partner with them on this event. We are extremely grateful to TCR for inviting us to celebrate with them at their beautiful venue and we appreciate their mindset to give back to the neighborhood treasure that is the Katy Trail. This past Annual Support Campaign Trammell Crow Residential donated $25,000.

We look forward to the Better Best cocktail event all year long and thank all those who were in attendance. Our donors are what makes the Katy Trail so special and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all again soon.

Other Odds, Ends and Events

Our mailing address is changing. We will now be using our physical address for all mail. If you have a return envelope with our old address, it should be forwarded to us, but please take note that our new mailing address is:

5207 McKinney Avenue, Suite 19A
Dallas, TX 75205


We’re right off the trail on the north end. Stop by and see us sometime!

We know you’ve been dying to know and we are ready to tell you. Our 2014 Michelob Ultra Katy 5K will be held on Thursday, May 8th. Online registration will open March 1st so set your calendars because you know it will sell out!

Other member events:

February 25th - Member Social at Origin Kitchen and Bar
March 20 – Member Social at Mattito’s
March 29 – Membership and Safety Drive on the Katy Trail


Be sure to check out our Events page often for updates!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick Or Treat, Smell Our Feet, Give us an Annual Support Campaign Treat!

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Today is the final day of our Annual Support Campaign. We are so close to hitting our goal of raising $150,000 this month, but we still have about $7,000 to go. 

We rely on those who love and use the Katy Trail to take care of it. Tax dollars don't fund the Katy Trail - you do! GIVE BACK TODAY to keep it clean, safe and beautiful.

Your donation will help fund:
  • Off-duty police officers to patrol the trail
  • 3.5 miles of electric and water bills
  • Organic landscaping
  • Day to day maintenance for 20 acres of trail 
This is our LAST CALL for donations. If you haven't made your Annual Support Campaign gift already, today is the day to do it. 

Make sure the Katy Trail has a Happy Halloween and donate today!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Annual Support Campaign Kicks Off Today!




Dear Friends of the Katy Trail, 

Bring on the pumpkin lattes - October is here! And while you are busy planning for your fall festivities - we are gearing up to end our fundraising season with a bang. Each October, Friends of the Katy Trail conducts an Annual Support Campaign to make sure we don't only reach our fundraising goal for 2013, but that we surpass it to make the Katy Trail even better for you!

15,000 people use the Katy Trail each week and it is expensive to maintain. Your tax dollars don't go towards funding the Trail - that is why we rely on donations from all of you that love and use the trail. The Annual Support Campaign goal is to raise $150,000 this month. That may seem like a big number, but just think; if everyone who used the Katy Trail gave $10, we would reach our goal is one short week!

Even if you are already a donating member of Friends of the Katy Trail, please consider a little something extra this month. Every donation goes right back in to the Trail providing things like:

•Lights, we've got 3.5 miles of electricity bills to pay each month.
•And the same goes for water. Not just for you and your dog at the water fountains - the vegetation along the Trail needs to drink too.
•Off duty police officers to patrol the Trail, especially during peak hours and after dark.
•Organic landscaping for the 20+ acres of Trail.


Thank you for helping us keep the Katy Trail a clean, safe and beautiful transportational park! 


Happy Trails,
Lauren 
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  Lauren Whitson
  Membership and Marketing Director

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Social!



Last year on North Texas Giving Day, you helped us raise more than $23,000! We know we can top that this year, and to celebrate, we are throwing a party! Hop on the Katy Trail next Thursday and meet us at the Katy Trail Ice House! They will be graciously serving up cocktails and delicious bites for all of our Friends! The event is free, however we do recommend making a donation of $25 or more to support our North Texas Giving Day efforts. Donations can be made on September 19th at donorbridgetx.org or we can help you make your gift at the event!


Thursday, September 19th
5:00-7:00pm
2 cocktails and bar bites provided
RSVP to lauren@katytraildallas.org


Even if you can't make the social, you can still GIVE on North Texas Giving Day! Donations of $25 or more made on September 19th through DonorBridgetx.org will be partially matched - your dollars will go farther!


North Texas Giving Day has been generating millions of dollars for North Texans over the years. With more than a million dollars up for grabs in matching funds this year alone - September 19th is the perfect day to give. The Katy Trail needs you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mark Your Calendars



North Texas Giving Day is coming up on September 19th! Last year, you all helped us raise more than $23,000 on North Texas Giving Day and we know we can do even better this year! Since its launch in 2007, North Texas Giving Day has generated more than 34 million dollars. All gifts of $25 or more made on September 19th will be partially  matched – your donation goes farther on September 19th!

And, we want YOU to help us celebrate. From 5-7pm we will celebrate North Texas Giving Day with a little happy hour at one of our favorites, Katy Trail Ice House! Guests will receive two complimentary cocktails and light food.  This event is open to non-members, however we ask everyone to consider a donation of $25 or more on North Texas Giving Day. If you don't get a chance to donate during the day, we will be able to assist you at the event. Please RSVP to Lauren Whitson if you can join us on September 19th.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Going Green to Save Your Green

You may be thinking there’s something a little different about us and you are right! In an effort to be environmentally conscience and to put more of your donated dollars back in to the Katy Trail, we have switched to an e-newsletter. We also thought this would be a good time to revamp our email layout to really complete the look. We are working hard to improve our communications on all levels and to keep our supporters better informed of our operations because after all, the trail runs on you!

What do you think? We always appreciate feedback so send us your thoughts at office@katytraildallas.org.

Bidding Adieu to a Dedicated Volunteer

For many years there has been a quiet Trail user among us who has played a large role in the Katy Trail’s upkeep. Peyton Weaver has had a long standing passion for the Katy Trail and has worked hard in many arenas to better the Katy Trail for you.

Peyton has donated so much of his free time to the Katy Trail. For several years he stocked the dog waste bags along the Trail, he created flyers about membership and placed them along the Trail, has helped with set up for the Katy 5K and even helped our move unwanted bulky items out of our office.

Peyton has a heart for the Trail and we are sad to see him go. After 43 years in Dallas, Peyton will leave to be with family. We are extremely appreciative of all his hard work over the years and we wish him all the best.

 If you would like to get more involved with the Katy Trail, let us know.

Commitment Comes Rain or Shine for the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K!

A big thank you for all who braved the volatile weather and came out to sponsor, volunteer, donate and participate in our Michelob Ultra Katy 5K! This was the 15th annual Katy 5K which is our biggest fundraiser of the year bringing in over $200,000 for maintenance and operations.  Friends of the Katy Trail rely heavily on events to fund Trail upkeep and all who participate in the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K don’t just have a good time – they help the Trail!

For the past three years the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K has sold out with 5,000 participants and this year was no different. While we did have some no shows due to the earlier thunderstorms, the clouds parted ways and the sun began to shine 30 minutes before the event kicked off with the kids .5K (half a kilometer). Children up to 13 can participate; many run alongside their enthusiastic parents, and all receive a special medal when they cross the finish line.

At 7pm the 5K began outside Reverchon Park. The starting line was full of outrageous costumes, custom shirts with encouraging slogans and a team of runners dressed in blue and yellow running for Boston. The first runner to cross the finish line was Jacob Phillips with a time of 15:11 and that is when the real fun began. More than 50 restaurants came out to provide free food to all of our participants and of course, you could find a Michelob Ultra tent within a stones throw of just about anywhere in the park.  DJ Lucy Wrubel had people of all ages dancing throughout the park and so many of our sponsors had great games and giveaways for even more fun.

What keeps the Michelob Ultra Katy 5K thriving as great local event is the help from all of our sponsors. Whether it was a monetary donation or providing food and drinks to the thousands – we couldn't do it without them. Special thanks to our title sponsors Michelob Ultra and Ben E. Keith and other top sponsors including Luke’s Locker, American National Bank of Texas and Travis Walk/Terrace House.

See all participating sponsors and restaurants.

We are also fortunate to have a group of dedicated volunteers on our 5K Committee who start planning months in advance to ensure a successful event especially our fearless leaders, Co-Chairs Becky Frey, Matt Lucas and Paige Nash. Thank you for all you do!

Katy Trail Up for Adoption

Earlier this year we were approached by William Addy of ISN on how his company could do more for the Katy Trail. It all started back in October when Mr. Addy had donated to our Annual Support Campaign.  Several of his staff saw his name recognized on a thank you banner on the Trail and told him how much they appreciated his generosity. After realizing how many of his staff were avid Katy Trail users he knew he wanted the company to do more to not only benefit the Trail, but to also teach his staff the importance of community philanthropy.

After several discussions it was decided that ISN would the first organization ever to adopt a portion of the Katy Trail – mile markers 104-108 to be exact. Over the next 4 years ISN will donate to the Katy Trail to help maintain the area. Four signs have been installed between these mile markers to recognize the generous donation from ISN. We are grateful for ISN for this generous donation and hope that their initiative sparks interest from other businesses and donors to adopt their own portion of the Trail. For more information, please contact our office at 214.303.1180.

Beat the Heat

We all know that summers in Dallas are brutal. But, you and your dogs can still safely use the Katy Trail, you just have to be smart about it. Here are some good tips:

  • Stay hydrated before, during, and after your time on the Trail.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Bug spray is a good idea too.
  • Moderate your time on the Trail. That 3.5 mile run is harder on your body now that temperatures have soared.
  • If you are feeling over heated, run-down, or dizzy; take a time-out in the shade with some water.
  • Consuming alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can leave you dehydrated. Limit your intake 24 hours before prolonged activity in sun. 
  • Avoid too much sun - sunburns reduce your body's ability to dissipate heat.
  • Be a good steward on the Trail. If you see someone struggling or acting out of sorts, please offer assistance.
  • And as always, in case of emergency please call 911 and direct them to the nearest Trail mile marker.
     
One Katy Trail user has gone above and beyond. Sue Krider teamed up with Allie Beth Allman and Associates and donated 70 cases of water to the Trail. If you see the Katy Trail golf cart go by there is most likely water on board so feel free to ask. It was donated to help keep you cool!

You may have also noticed our signs along the Trail for our four legged Trail users. Dogs get hotter much faster than we do and their bodies aren’t able to cool down as quickly as ours. They don’t wear running shoes either so if the path is hot to the touch, it’s too hot for your dog. Dogs can't tell you when they are hot so please use caution when exercising your pet!

Support for Friends of the Katy Trail Rolls In

Each year the small staff of two at the Friends of the Katy Trail office is challenged to raise more than $600,000 to pay for all maintenance and improvements of the 3.5 mile hike and bike Trail. That money is raised through memberships and private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. This summer we have been fortunate to be the recipient of several gifts from generous neighbors in the community. In May, Preston Center Rotary Club granted the Friends of the Katy Trail $2,000 at their annual Charities Day. And just a few weeks ago, Uptown Dallas presented us with a check for $8,750 from money raised at their highly attended Celebrate Uptown.

Thank you to Preston Center Rotary Club, Uptown Dallas and all those who make donating the Friends of the Katy Trail a priority. The reason we have such an incredible resource in the heart of Dallas is because of you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NEW SPEED RADAR SIGNS

Bicycle speed is a major safety concern on the Trail. Cyclists need to exercise restraint when using the trail, monitor their speeds and practice safe biking. 

New radar signs are being installed on the trail in two locations: near the Fairmount bridge and south of Blackburn.

Their purpose is to remind cyclist to keep their speeds down, be safe and share the trail with pedestrian foot traffic.

Please help us keep the trail safe for everyone to use!