Fireworks will light the sky, illuminating Dallas’ newest landmark at the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, and we at Downtown Dallas Inc. will have a front row seat. We’ve been watching the bridge come together from high atop our offices at Chase Tower. It has been such a treat to see it become what it is today. Dr. Gail Thomas, president and CEO of The Trinity Trust Foundation gave us an update about the project and celebration at a recent DDI Board Meeting. She said it best: “The architectural designs of Santiago Calatrava’s new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge say something profound about Dallas. It says, “The door is open. Welcome!’”
Something deeply transformative is happening to our city and to our beloved downtown. New life is emerging. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, artfully engineered by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, is already transforming our relationship with downtown’s greatest natural asset, a 20-mile green space, known as the Trinity River Corridor. The bridge’s signature arch and 58 cables connect West Dallas with the heart of downtown, from Singleton Boulevard to Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
“And the open door goes both ways—entering downtown from West Dallas and Oak Cliff, and approaching West Dallas from Downtown,” Thomas said. “We are bridging the Trinity for the love of the city, and one can sense the love.”
We’ll be able to cross the Trinity River from both sides to discover new entrepreneurial opportunities and creative possibilities for living. Once the bridge opens next month, the adjacent Continental Bridge will be transformed into a pedestrian plaza and park space connecting West Dallas to the Design District and the rest of our 15 Downtown Districts. And construction for the new Margaret McDermott Bridge, which replaces the I-30 bridge, begins next year. It will include a new pedestrian and bike path.
These bridges will reinforce connectivity and commerce between our neighborhoods and the center city, over a wonderful natural asset, the Trinity River. What else could we ask for? So now it’s time to celebrate!
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge celebrations kick off with a fundraiser, hosted by the Trinity Trust. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will headline the opening evening in the backdrop of the glowing downtown Dallas skyline. The evening continues with Bridge-o-Rama festivities, sponsored by our friends at the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, including music, costumes, and more. The evening ends with fireworks.
The Trinity Levee Run takes place the following morning, with runners starting on the west side of the new bridge into downtown’s Design District and back over the bridge. Events continue throughout the day with a Saturday Street Fair, which will be the only time you can walk, run, and party on the vehicular bridge. Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights will headline an evening performance followed by firework finale.
On Sunday, guests are invited to watch the sunrise and attend the special blessing of the new bridge. Organizers say it will be a non-traditional ribbon cutting with hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and performances by Aztec Dancers, singing of the National Anthem by Street Corner Symphony, and music honoring the Spanish naming of the Trinity River by Orchestra of New Spain.
Please join downtown and the rest of Dallas in celebrating one Dallas’ newest landmarks. All are welcome, and who doesn’t love a good party? Downtown would like to thank the Trinity Trust for providing a wonderful addition to our downtown skyline, for bridging the Trinity, and for providing a welcome mat to downtown unlike no other. Congratulations on a job well-done.
John F. Crawford is president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc. Contact him at email@example.com.