April 2, 2016 FOST Pub Wride

Register Here for Spring Pub Ride 2016

$ 15.00 USD

Early bird special...Pay online to ride $15.00 per rider. The cost at the event is $20.00 per rider. 

Join us for the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail 2016 Spring Pub Ride!

We will meet at 9am on April 2 in front of The Fresh Market who has generously donated snacks and water to begin our journey. 

From there, we will make our first stop at The Lot . Next we will ride to Cold Beer Company, and, lastly, The Goat Ranch across from Fair Park. A $20 donation to the FOST is appreciated and will allow your first beverage at each stop to be complimentary.


Join us for the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail 2016 Spring Pub Wride!

We will meet at 9am on April 2 in front of The Fresh Market who has generously donated snacks and water to begin our journey. 

From there, we will make our first stop at The Lot . Next we will ride to Cold Beer Company, and, lastly, The Goat Ranch across from Fair Park. A $20 donation to the FOST is appreciated and will allow your first beverage at each stop to be complimentary.


Trail Extension to Fair Park is underway. Prepare to ride you bike to the State Fair this year!

Hurray, Hurray, Hurray!

Pub Ride This Saturday at 10:00

Meet at The Lot

Join us for our annual FoSFT Pub Wride @ 10 AM on Saturday, May 9, 2015. We will meet at The LOT- 7530 East Grand Ave., Dallas, TX 75214. We will be riding down to Deep Ellum with stops at The Sandbar Cantina and Grill and Cold Beer Co. on Main Street where you can see the new city improvements underway on the Deep Ellum/Fair Park end of the Santa Fe Trail! Your $20 donation will go to The Friends of Santa Fe Trail. Free beer (up to $100 for the group) and specials will be provided each stop.

Santa Fe Trail Clean up

Saturday, April 18 @ 9 AM

Please come out to the Santa Fe Trail to help keep it clean. We will meet at Randall park near the basketball court and fan out along the trail to pick up trash. We also have some graffiti to clean up at the Brookside Bridge. Please come join us and check out the trees we planted this year that are budding out.
Special thanks to the Woodrow Wilson High School Kids that already plan to join us for this clean up.

Pub Crawl on May 9th

Last year we started doing some bike pub crawls at places along or near the Santa Fe Trail. Everyone had a great time so we will be doing it again this year. Our first one is on May 9th so check our Facebook page for details.


Trees Glorius Trees!

Trees make shade

SHADE is your friend when it gets HOT!

Thanks to all who volunteered to make the first FotSFT Tree Planting Party a success. Your efforts will be appreciated for many years to come.

Big thanks to the City of Dallas and Dallas Parks Department. In all we had 100 volunteers and planted 38 trees.

"we want great parks and trails and and we're here to make that happen!"

This year the Santa Fe Trail is hosting part of the Dallas Marathon and the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail are working with the Dallas Marathon to set up a water station near Randall Park. We need volunteers to participate and hand out water for the run.

Please go to the following site to sign up:www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C4BABAF2AAAFB6-dallas/12899690

Don't forget to add your tee shirt size in the comments!

Come join us and watch a few thousand runners as they enjoy the Santa Fe Trail!

Trees for the Trail

On Saturday, January 24, 2015 FoSFT will plant about 50 trees from Mt. Auburn Ave. to Valencia St. The  project is spearheaded by Junius Heights resident Todd Smith.  Volunteers are needed. For more information or to sign-up to volunteer contact toddsmith@Rmangraphics.com or 214-803-0955

All of these trail improvements are funded and made possible by your donations to the FoSFT. Please continue to give.

Our award-winning Master Plan has something for everybody. Please take some time to view it and see what great things are in store for you and your enjoyment of the trail. One of the first steps to implementing the plan will be the planting of about 150 trees. We can plant about 90% of the trees that are planned. Areas where there is future construction planned we will wait to plant the trees until that construction is finished. Planting the trees now will be an immediate and major improvement. The trees will have a head-start and be growing while all the other improvements take place.

Currently FoSFT is working with the Dallas Parks department about the best placement and tree species for the different locations along the trail. All of the trees will also need to be irrigated to insure the will survive our extreme summers. Irrigation will be the most expensive (but necessary) part of the tree planting project. FoSFT will be responsible for raising the needed money to pay for all these improvements. FoSFT will also be partnering with The Texas Trees Foundation who will be providing the trees and assisting with the planting. Friends of Santa Fe Trail would also like to invite neighborhood groups, local businesses and anyone interested in helping. We'll need volunteers to help plant and donations are needed to make these improvements a reality.
One of our neighborhoods, Junius Heights Historic District, recently made a $500 donation for the tree planting project. The Rainbow Garden Club also donated $500 and their club members are collecting Texas wildflower seeds to plant in proposed wildflower and nature areas along the trail.  Let us know how you'd like to get involved. If you would like more information about the tree planting project please contact Todd Smith at 214-803-0955.

Other improvements coming soon: Mile Markers, Bike Repair Stations

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer contact toddsmith@Rmangraphics.com or 214-803-0955

Wow That was Fun!

Special Thanks to Dallas Police and Dallas Fire & Rescue, and all the volunteers!


 Running Race and Festival

Thursday October 9th, 2014

6:15 pm at Randall Park

Packet Pickup: Tuesday and Wednesday only at Luke's Locker,
Dallas from 10-7
AND  race day beginning at 5PM at the race site.


After the race there will be  FOOD TRUCKS!

and live entertainment by  Ronnie Fauss

Click to Register

Non-runer party pass $10 (click the register button)

free local beer with your party pass

and we are dog friendly.

Runners with dogs, please start at the rear of the pack

Thanks to our Lead Sponsor:

Key Sponsors








Friends of the Santa Fe Trail

Bike Pub Crawl No. III

Sat May 17th 

Meet at 10:00 am, the ride begins at 11:00 and ends at approximately 2:00 pm
Stop number 1: The Lakehouse  / Dallas Wike Works
Stop number 2: The Lot.

Stop number 3: The Sandbar

At the beginning of the ride, across Northwest Highway is a DART rail station, white rock station. At the very end of the ride there is a DART rail station on Exposition. If some of the riders were too "tired" to ride back I believe you can take DART back to the white rock station where your car might be.
$20 donation to FotSFT - one free beer at some stops


Earth Day Trail Cleanup

Thanks to all that helped:

 University of Michigan Alumni Association, Woodrow Wilson High School and the East Dallas Kiwanis Club


Earth Day Trail Cleanup




April 26 8:30 AM

Come join us for the Santa Fe Earth Day Trail Clean up!

 Then ride with us to the Earth Day Celebration at Fair Park.

If you plan to join us on the Ride to Fair Park please respond to the event on our facebook page so we can get a count of people and enough Bike Racks will be provided.

We are meeting at Randall Park along the trail around 8:30 AM on April 26th. The plan is to do some basic clean up along the trail for an hour or so then a fun ride to Fair Park.

For more information on the Earth Day Celebration go to . http://earthdaytx.org/

Also check our facebook page on the day of the event for updates... Particularly in case of bad weather.

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The Weather was Perfect! 

What a great evening we had.  

The 2013 Santa Fe 5K is in the books. The food trucks were swarmed, the beer was plentiful and both the runners and the neighborhood had a good time. All to raise money for the Santa Fe Trail improvements. Thanks to all who attended. And to All our sponsors. (check 'em out on the right --->>>)

The Winners Are!

(photo coming Soon)Barrow 17:01 and Stephanie Slekis 18:04

(They are both from Denton and, wouldn't you know it, they're a couple)

Come back next year y'all.  In the meantime keep your ears open for the next Friends of the Santa Fe Trail Santa Bike Pub Crawl coming soon.


James Bowling came dressed to the nines, complete with the old SF5K logo on his label.

More photos on the Run Project site HERE



Santa Fe 5K 2013 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:15pm


Lindsley Park, 722 Tenison Memorial Dr.
Dallas, TX 75223

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Friends of Santa Fe Trail -- Trail Improvement

Join us to Paint the Brookside Bridge

Folks we are at it again this weekend. Starting around 9:00 AM at the Brookside Bridge over the Santa Fe Trail.

If you have seen the photos on Facebook or our website www.friendsofsantafetrail.org then you can tell we are getting close to finishing this. So please come on out as we put the finishing touches on the bridge.

We will provide the paint and the rollers/brushes if you will help us out with manpower. (or just show up and cheer us on)

Check our facebook site for updates on the progress photos from last week are up and we will be posting photos from this week too. Please like our Facebook posts so we can get the word out.

Trail Improvements Made Possible by the 2012 Santa Fe 5K Sponsors

The Santa Fe 5K is our principal fund raising activity every year. The money for almost all trail improvments come from the contrabutions of our 5K sponsors. Below are the sponsors that helped fund this years improvments.

Comerica, Doctors Hospital, Deep Ellum Brewery, Jones Day , Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood, El Fenix, Advocate, Old Monk, Whole Earth Provisions, Allstate, Natural Grocers, TCRUrban Taco, Baylor Tom Landry, Richardson Bike Mart

If you would like to sponsor the Santa Fe 5K for 2013 please contact us at Shelton_greg@yahoo.com 

The Painting Project is coming along!

Check this out....




Friends of Santa Fe Trail -- Trail Improvement

Join us to Paint the Brookside Bridge

Brookside Bridge

Hey folks are you tired of seeing the patch work paint on the Brookside bridge as you pass it on the Santa Fe Trail? We are too! So we have been working with the city and gotten permission to give it a new paint job. We are doing this in 2 phases:

  • July 13- This Saturday -Bridge Painting phase-1 Base Coat 9:00 AM at the bridge
  • July 20th-Bridge Painting phase-2 (time TBD) Santa Fe Trail Stencil

We will provide the paint and the rollers/brushes if you will help us out with manpower. (or just show up and cheer us on)

If you would like to volunteer for this event please email mendive@sbcglobal.net 

Santa Fe Trail Happy Hour

June 27th, 5:30-7:30P.M. @ The Lot

The Lot

Support the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail next week by coming to our Happy Hour at "The Lot" at 7530 East Grand near the White Rock Spillway. Even better... Ride your bike on the Santa Fe Trail to the Happy Hour. The Lot has direct access to the Santa Fe Trail and bike racks at the entrance.

The Happy Hour is on June 27th from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. and they will have drink specials. Come see renderings of the Trail Master Plan. Socialize with other Santa Fe Trail users and support the group that is working to make the trail better.

Drink Specials$3 Bud Light and Miller Light $1 off all other drafts $4 Margaritas, House Wine, Sangria $3 Well Drinks

$3 Bud Lights and Miller Lites draft and $4 Margaritas for remainder of night for anyone from the Santa Fe Trail who wants to stick around. 

Fitness Profile: Jesus Chairez wasn’t an athletic kid, but look at him now

Proudest fitness moment: The first time I got on the Santa Fe Trail near my home in Old East Dallas and rode my bike around the lake and back home in an hour and a half. I was so excited that I had just ridden 17 miles without passing out.

More here from the Dallas Morning News

Woodrow Wilson HS and Friends of the Santa Fe Trail Teamed up for Trail cleanup on May 18th.


Go Woodrow!


Sounding Off: Where do you like to go for exercise?


Staff photo by CHRIS DERRETT/neighborsgo
Jaclyn Castano and her dog Ty stroll through Lindsley Park, located near Lakewood. Lakewood was the No. 1 healthiest neighborhood in White Rock/East Dallas according to a study by The Dallas Morning News.

RAISE YOUR VOICE: Share your own opinion online at dallasnews.com/sendletters. Sign up for Sounding Off or submit a guest column (and include your full name and contact information) by visiting dallasnews.com/voices.


Where do you and your family go to get outdoors or to exercise?

Ellen Childress, Far East Dallas: Like most city dwellers, we find opportunities to get outdoors and to exercise wherever we can. My husband is pleased to be back at the fitness center at Harry Stone Recreation Center now that it has been remodeled, and I will be joining him there after signing up for a yoga class.

Both of us like to walk at White Rock Lake as well as in our neighborhood. I wear a pedometer when I am busy here at home and can usually get 8,000 to 10,000 steps in during the day, which is a pretty good workout. We do some yard work and container gardening, too.

We live next door to Ferguson Park, which has a nice, serpentine walking trail with turnouts that hold outdoor fitness equipment and benches. These are all excellent places and ways for two 70-plus year-olds to get their daily exercise!

Bob Curry, Casa View Haven: Our project for outdoor exercise for this year is to hike the many urban trails, especially those along the Trinity. A few weeks ago, we explored a trail that runs from Scyene going south toward the Keeton Golf Course. It was a gentle and mostly quiet walk except the one time a DART train went by in the distance.

There is an overlook that allows you to see the valley toward the river, and it is also rumored to be a Native American story-telling place. Another area I visited was along the Elm Fork of the Trinity near Harry Hines Boulevard. This area is completely undeveloped, but there is an active vision for an environmental education center and a national park. There are some very serious and capable leaders moving this forward.

When hiking or walking isn’t calling me, I jump on a bicycle and head toward White Rock Lake. I go early in the morning, because the trail there becomes crowded and busy later in the day.

Whatever activity I do outdoors, I look for places that are quiet and peaceful. 

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Main Street Garden (1900 Main St. in downtown Dallas)

City Wide Bike Ride -- Central Link

Meet @ Main Street Garden Downtown -- Saturday June 1st 11am to 2pm

Join the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail at Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas on Saturday June 1st between 11am and 2pm as we mark the completion of CentraLink, the new bicycle infrastructure connector through Downtown Dallas to Oak Cliff, the Katy Trail and the Santa Fe Trail, with an afternoon celebration called 'Ride-the-Link.'

The free event kicks off National Trails Month and takes place at Main Street Garden Park, 1900 Main St. in downtown Dallas. Highlights include special guest speakers, food, live music, entertainment from radio station 102.9 Now and booths providing free bike services.

Hundreds of bicyclists will converge downtown in time for the dedication by riding in on various trails. Cyclists will include those associated with Friends of the Katy, Santa Fe, Trinity Strand and Oak Cliff trails groups along with other cyclists from around the area. CentraLink connects those trails with a series of signs and pavement markings directing riders through downtown.

The completed project represents the spirit of regionalism and cooperation between DART, Dallas, DDI and numerous bike trail organizations that have lead to such recent initiatives as Dallas' Complete Streets Program and bike-friendly amenities at rail stations, transit centers and on board all DART buses and trains. 

Successful First Santa Fe Pub Crawl

The Friends of the Santa Fe Trail's First Pub Crawl Benefit was a great success. We had a perfect day for a bike ride. What a sight to see over 70 people on bikes ridding through the streets of Dallas.

The ride started at Switching Gears Cyclery, a bike shop across the street from the Fair Park Entrance and DART Station. Special thanks to Colin Clarke from Switching Gears, who was a huge help in making this event happen along with Santa Fe Board Member David McQuaid.

Our next stop was Deep Ellum Brewery for a tour of their facilities, a taste of their beer and a listen to a live local band. Deep Ellum brewery has been a big supporter of the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail also supporting our October Santa Fe 5K benefit run.

Finally, we had a great ride down the Santa Fe Trail to "The Lot" a new restaurant/bar in East Dallas/Lakewood near the White Rock Lake spill way and the Santa Fe Trail overpass over Garland Road. "The Lot" has just completed a bridge to directly connect them to the Santa Fe Trail and we were among the first riders to cross it. The money raised will go directly to benefit the Santa Fe Trail improvements. In fact, we should see the first way finding signs show up in the next month or so funded by the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail. 

 The Santa Fe Trail Master Plan is coming soon....

Stay Tuned for more info.

Friends of the Santa Fe Trail

Our mission is to bring value to our community by bringing neighbors together, encouraging healthy lifestyles, improving the quality of life, increasing usable green space, and providing alternative commuting options through quality sustainable development that reflects the unique qualities of East Dallas. We want our neighbors to get fit, get connected, and get involved.

Join the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail

We are currently working on a master plan that will create a thriving linear park in East Dallas.

We need your help to make the trail great.




Report Grafitti or Debris on the Santa Fe Trail

Bike Rack!

Dallas Planning Council Urban Design Awards

...and the award goes to.....

Friends of the Santa Fe Trail!

For 10 years, the council has recognized excellence in local urban planning
and design in four categories in the the Dream Study Award, this year, went
to the Santa Fe Trail Master Plan designs from Good, Fulton & Farrell, Friends of the Santa Fe Trail

 Lawrence Mendieve, President and Greg Shelton, Past President, accept Dallas Planning Council Urban Design Award for the Santa Fe Trail Master Plan, Second row: Larry Good, GFF, Chris Angarola (also a Past President of FotSFT), Brian Moore, GFF, Unidentified, GFF.

The master plan was funded by your donations to the FotSFT. Please continue to give. Trail improvements coming soon.

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