Valentine Day trail ride, Saturday, February 14

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Valentine Day trail ride, Saturday, February 14

Postby Brenda on Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:20 am

Bring Your Sweetheart to a Texas Trail Ride on Valentine's Day

The Trinity Trail Preservation Association (TTPA) will host a
Valentine Day trail ride, Saturday, February 14 at the Brockdale Park
trailhead in Lucas, Texas, weather permitting. Arrive trailhead at
2:00 PM. Ride out at 2:30 PM. This is a brown bag event so bring
your own food, beverages, and lawn chair. Join us for some great
conversation with other riders. You can adjust your ride to your own
schedule. No RSVP needed.

The ride will be automatically cancelled if it is raining or if there
has been so much rain as to make the trail extremely wet, muddy and
dangerous. To check on trail conditions call Trail Steward Charlie
Gaines at 972-824-3369.

Don't forget your current negative Coggins Certificate for each
horse, as state law requires us to check. You can't enter the park
without one. For safety reasons, dogs will not be permitted on the
trail. They must remain tied at your trailer in camp. For more
information, see the Trinity Trail Preservation Association's website

Directions to Brockdale Park Trailhead

Lucas is northeast of Dallas, TX. From Dallas, go north on US 75 to
the Bethany Drive exit in Allen and go east. Take Bethany Drive
through Allen into Lucas (about 5 miles). Counting the light at the
expressway exit, you will go through nine lights. The ninth light is
at Bethany and FM 1378 where Lucas City Hall will be on the left. Go
straight. In about ½ mile, when the road makes a sharp curve, you
will see a stoplight and the Lucas Food Mart and Fina station will be
on your left. Turn left here on FM 3286 and go less than a mile to
Brockdale Park Road. There is a brown Brockdale Park sign on the
right just before the turn. It turns off to the right. If you get to
the bridge over Lake Lavon you have gone too far. Follow Brockdale
Park Road around to the trailhead. You will drive through three 90-
degree turns. The trailhead is at the 3rd 90-degree turn on the right
and is bordered by white pipe fence. If you get to the boat ramp you
have gone too far.

About Trinity Trail Preservation Association

The Trinity Trail Preservation Association is an all-volunteer
equestrian organization whose main purpose is to maintain the 17-mile
long trail on the Corps of Engineers land along Lake Lavon and to
network with other trail riders. Besides maintaining the trail, the
group sponsors trail rides and cookouts and has quarterly meetings
with speakers on horse-related issues. The group is truly regional
and has over 130 member families from Addison, Allen, Aubrey, Blue
Ridge, Celeste, Celina, Dallas, Fairview, Farmersville, Forney,
Garland, Josephine, Lavon, Lucas, McKinney, Melissa, Mesquite,
Murphy, Nevada, Parker, Pilot Point, Plano, Pottsboro, Princeton,
Quitman, Richardson, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royce City, Sachse, Sanger,
St. Paul, Van Alstyne, and Wylie. In addition, riders and hikers
from all over the Metroplex come to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness
of the trail. The trail runs from Brockdale Park in Lucas through
Collin Park in St. Paul to East Fork Park in Wylie.

The TTPA members are currently working with the Lake Lavon Army Corps
of Engineers and Texas Parks & Wildlife to extend the trail northward
to Fairview. They are also working with Collin County Parks and Open
Space and the Lake Lavon office of the Army Corps of Engineers to
build an equestrian campground at East Fork Park in Wylie, Texas.
Officially organized in 1997, all funding has been from 50% matching
grants awarded by Texas Parks & Wildlife and Collin County Parks and
Open Space, cash donations from members, thousands of volunteer hours
and the help and support of the Corps of Engineers, and the Cities of
Lucas and Wylie. The group publishes a monthly newsletter filled
with upcoming events and dues are $25 per year.

For more information, call Membership Chairman Ruth Blom at 214-418-
4106 or contact her via Email at To support the
trail and get regular delivery of the monthly newsletter, send $25 to
Trinity Trail Preservation Association, c/o Pat Martin, 4040 Avion
Drive, Wylie, TX 75098. For more information, see the Trinity Trail
Preservation Association's website at and
the TTPA Blog at
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