A beautiful new section of the Trail is now open between Bowen St. and the Cedar Springs Road underpass. This section replaces the old boardwalk that would wash away during flash flooding.
It's the flash floods that wash the garbage into the creek...the garbage that eclaire122 refers to in the March 2014 post below. Turtle Creek is part of the Dallas storm water system and street trash flows directly into the storm drains and into the creek. It is also the storm water outfall for Mill Creek running from Uptown...under Cole Park and Blackburn St. into Turtle Creek at the footbridge upstream of the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dean Park. We have installed trash booms to capture the Mill Creek trash before it is washed downstream.
The Turtle Creek Association and City Park & Recreation Dept. spend money and hundreds of volunteer hours cleaning the creek and banks by hand. It's an endless and thankless job, and we rely on everyone to do their part and use the trash cans provided by the Turtle Creek Association and Park Dept.
Unfortunately eclaire122 used the Trail on a day when the garbage had not been cleaned-up. Today it looks much different...hence the ***** five star rating!
Regarding the smell, this is a live spring-fed creek with wildlife at ever turn...including some two-legged creatures. One deterrent to our ever-present homeless population is expanded use and constant activity. The more we appropriately use Turtle Creek Trail and keep it clean, the more the homeless population will retreat into seclusion. Let's all do our part to improve the quality of life...both wild and human...along beautiful Turtle Creek.
For more information on how you can help, go to turtlecreekassociation.org