October is full of so many of our favorite things: falling leaves, trick-or-treaters, cooler weather, and of course, pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! But for the staff at Friends of the Katy Trail October is always a month based on giving. Each October we challenge ourselves to raise $150,000 to end our fundraising season with a bang. It’s a lofty task, but each year we are humbled by the generosity of our community during this Annual Support Campaign.
The Katy Trail stretches through 3.5 miles of Dallas’ most densely populated areas. From American Airlines Center to SMU, the trail takes trail users through exceptional neighborhoods, trendy hotspots and connects to a multitude of parks. The trail itself covers 20 acres which, as you can imagine, comes with a lot of maintenance.
Friends of the Katy Trail funds everything you see and enjoy along the trail: organic landscaping, water fountains, benches, and the upkeep of the beautiful plazas along the trail that so many people use to relax and take in the beauty around them. We also take care of so many things that you don’t see or may take for granted like hiring safety patrol officers, graffiti removal and paying the electric and water bills.
Without support from the community the Katy Trail would go nowhere. Although the Katy Trail is a city park, it is privately funded. It is up to Friends of the Katy Trail to raise more than $700,000 each year to keep the trail in peak conditions for everyone to enjoy.
If you are one of the 20,000 people who use the Katy Trail each week, you should give back. If you are one of the many businesses who conducts business near the trail or uses the Katy Trail in their marketing techniques, then you should definitely give back! While we have had a successful campaign so far, we still have 1/3 of our goal to raise and we are running out of time.
Don’t rely on others to give for you; gifts of any size are welcome during our Annual Support Campaign.
Gifts can also be made by phone or mail
Mail to 5207 McKinney Avenue, Suite 19A, Dallas 75205
Help us keep the Katy Trail a peak resource for the city of Dallas and make a tax-deductible donation today!