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Dallas Council reviews design for Trinity Park

By BJ Austin, KERA Reporter

Dallas, TX – Dallas City Council members do some more refining today on the design of the Trinity River Park.

The design concept for the Trinity River Park includes lakes, floating wetlands, a huge promenade and an island pavilion with canopies of photovoltaic fabric that captures solar energy and provides power for nighttime lighting. There's also been discussion of 70-foot-tall windmills along the Trinity Parkway toll road. Trinity Committee Chairman Dave Neumann says they look to be cost prohibitive even though they would power the parkway lights. But he says there's another concern about the windmills: the view of the two signature Calatrava bridges that will span the park.

Neumann: We want the focus here to be our two beautiful bridges. We want the focus to be the three lakes. We want the focus to be the trails. I am very much committed to renewable energy, but we want to be sure it creates the right vista.

Council members will also get the low-down on delays in construction of the first signature bridge. Delivery of the steel from Italy is one hold up.