Gardengrrl likes being outside and watching "Sky-TV"
By: GardenGrrl , 12:09 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
As promised, am finally getting around to telling you all a bit about Dallas and some of the ways it is trying to re-invent itself. When I moved back here some seventeen or so years ago, I hated Dallas. It was a soul-less concrete vacuum of commerce. Nothing else. No art scene. Pretentious and materialistic. And worst of all I was stranded here.
Brought to you by the Girl Scouts and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge visionaries, I share with you The Trinity Wind Fest and the start of a soul for Dallas through the Trinity River Corridor Project.
The Girl Scouts put on a great happening with this years Kite Festival. Most of you have already seen this video of the two giant squid kites, but they are so cool it's worth leaving in the revised blog.
For those wondering, the kites are partially held aloft by a large rainbow para-sail kite tethered about 50 feet above them adding lift and stability. The kites are anchored by several lines to ground stakes and a mini-van.
Here is a link to the online Festival Flyer.
Wind Fest Link
The Trinity River flood way was designed early in the history of Dallas as an industrial section and both sides abutting the flood way were considered "the wrong side of the tracks" so to speak.
The area picked for the festival is perfect for flying kites. There is lots of parking available, albeit at the jail and court house lot. It's good to use this area for something positive. The flood way is a vast stretch of land and this area show cases the Commerce Avenue bridge, then walking under it there is a wide open area with a perfect view of the brand new beautiful and amazing Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge affectionately known as "Madge".
Roxie really enjoyed the dog friendly event as was quite happy to stop for everyone that said "OH cute, can I pet your dog?"
Here a man wrestles his kite into working order. The size of some of these kites are amazing.
By popular demand, a photo of the Red Squid which is about the size of Calpoppy's Mini Winnie.
Now may I present the Margaret Hunt Hill kite flying area.
For those interested, the MHH (Madge) is a Harp Style cable stayed bridge that is about 1306 feet long. It connects downtown Dallas to historically colorful West Dallas which in the 1920's was referred to as "The Devils Backyard". Up until a few years ago it was referred to as "The Hood". People have been buying up houses and old store fronts to revitalize them into maintained homes, some good restaurants....and ART spaces!
Singleton Ave which Madge connects to was the road Bonnie and Clyde would use as a get away route from the cops as the infamous couple sped away to the safety of Irving which was then a lawless sprawl of mesquite trees and cow pastures.
As you can see, this is where the heart of a city begins.
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