About Us

Friends of the Katy Trail is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates and maintains the Katy Trail for the benefit of Dallas citizens and visitors.
Friends of the Katy Trail
In 1997, a group of visionary neighbors gathered around a kitchen table to discuss the idea of turning an abandoned railroad line into a greenbelt park. The group formed Friends of the Katy Trail and partnered with the City of Dallas, the landowner. Today we all benefit greatly from their vision and this public-private partnership. The Katy Trail has become one of our city’s greatest assets and a beloved destination for exercise, recreation, community connection, and alternative transportation.
The Katy Trail is community-funded by private individual and corporate donations. Friends of the Katy Trail raises the funds needed to maintain and enhance the landscaping, provide lighting, water for people and pets, daily security patrols, amenities such as benches on the Trail, and more.
To help ensure the Katy Trail stays clean, safe, and beautiful, please join us. There are so many ways to support the Katy Trail you use and love.
Annual Report
Learn more about Friends of the Katy Trail and see how we put your dollars to work. View our 2022 Annual Report.
There are currently no job openings at Friends of the Katy Trail.

Board Members


Blake Shipp


Ruthie Shor
Vice President


Dan Chesnut
Treasurer & Audit and Finance Committee



Peggy Zilbermann


Eric Bing
Safety Committee Chair


Sarah Dodd
Major Gifts and Membership Committee Chair


Cricket Griffin
Governance Committee Chair


Ben Ralston
Construction and Development Chair


Brian Callahan
Special Appointee


Kellie Adkins


Bonner Allen


Robyn Bayne


Bela Cooley


Ken Elmgren


Lara Francis


Michael Frantz


Faisal Halum


Paul Howell


William James


Wade Johns


Suzan Kedron


Simon Little


Adam Mengacci


Preston Paine


Jill Rareshide


Gaby Rawlings


Baxter Underwood


Newt Walker


Ray Washburne

Annual Report

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