Ms. Cook received special recognition from the Mayor and Council for her leadership in enhancing Dallas’ network of linear parks through a significant contribution to the Northaven Trail, the city’s newest commuter and recreational bike and hike trail. The financial gift will fund the respite section of the trail at St. Michael and Lavendale. Amenities include stone bench seating, a bike repair station, landscaping, and water fountains for people and dogs. It will also be the site for community-oriented events such as “movie nights in the park”.
The Northaven Trail is a public trail built and maintained by the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The trail runs through the Oncor power line easement between Northaven Road and Royal Lane. The master plan takes the trail from Central Expressway to Denton Drive, with plans to connect to the White Rock Creek Trail on the east and Irving’s Campion Trail on the west. There will also be connections to DART’s Forest Lane Station and Walnut Hill / Denton Station.
“Private -Public partnerships such as the Virginia Cook-Northaven Trail partnership allow the City to leverage resources and provide better facilities and services to our residents,” said Lee Kleinman, Park and Recreation Board Member, Council District 11. “Virginia’s contribution to the Friends of Northaven Trail is just another demonstration of her dedication to improving the quality of life for Dallas residents.” “Virginia understands that great neighborhoods thrive because people associate with each other in smaller groups. Trails and parks build community pride, desirable neighborhoods and support property values,” said Mr. Kleinman.
“We love everything the respite offers Dallas,” said Ms. Cook, noting that leaders dating back to President John F. Kennedy have recognized the catalyst a hike and bike trail system plays in creating a healthier, safer and more connected community.
“This will be a place neighbors meet and get acquainted. Pet lovers will stop for a drink for the dog, bikers can air up their tires, and walkers can simply take a break and enjoy the views.” Ms. Cook’s contribution to the Northaven Trail continues a 14-year history of support to the communities the North Texas firm serves. She is currently president of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, which owns the historic Alexander Mansion at 4607 Ross.