Downtown Lakes With a City Skyline: Trinity Lakes Project


Visions of two urban lakes include the creation of several new sites including the Water Maze and Council Circle.

The dream of two urban lakes and a West Dallas lake along the Trinity River is happening.

Dirt begins flying spring of next year for the first phase of the Trinity Urban Lakes project. These two lakes – totaling 20 acres in the Trinity River Corridor – will create a new gathering place with paddle boarding, canoeing and picnicking—in the center of the city.


“Dallas citizens have a new way of interacting with the amazing natural resources around them and with each other as they discover new outdoor adventures,” said Assistant City Manager Jill Jordan. “These lakes are game changers.”

Located between the Commerce Street Bridge and the currently-under-construction Margaret McDermott (I-30) Bridge, the two lakes will be constructed with $30 million from the City of Dallas’ 1998 bond program. Private funding raised by The Trinity Trust will provide an opportunity for the additional features.

“The lakes will be an important piece of knitting together people from all parts of our city into a cohesive community,” said The Trinity Trust Board Member Deedie Rose, who donated funds to hire Ignacio Bunster-Ossa of Wallace Roberts & Todd to envision the amenities for the phase one urban lakes.

In Bunster-Ossa’s vision, many of the original features of the Trinity River Corridor Project’s Balanced Vision Plan are echoed, such as the council rings, an amphitheater, water maze, pavilion, and trails. These amenities and others will be funded by private and corporate donors, with the campaign just now quietly launching. And if additional funding is raised, there is the opportunity for a third urban lake with 200 acres of green space surrounding it.

The Balanced Vision Plan from 2003 depicts two lakes across from downtown, a 90-acre urban lake and a 60-acre natural lake.

“Imagine our city grounded by a system of lakes and a meandering river through its central corridor, providing natural beauty and recreation and encouraging unity, connection and development for generations of Dallasites,” said The Trinity Trust Board Member Emily Summers. “The Trinity River is our city’s legacy.”

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