City News Roundup
Marathon and holiday trains make this a festive roundup of Dallas news
This roundup of news around Dallas includes info about a festive new program by DART, an appointment at a local radio station, the re-naming of a city park, and an update on the annual marathon which is this weekend.
Here's. what's happening in Dallas this week:
The annual marathon is this weekend, specifically on Sunday December 11 with races on Saturday leading up to the bigger event on Sunday. One thing hard to find on their website is the route, but Dallas Police Department tweeted a map showing the loop it'll make: downtown, Uptown, Greenville Avenue, White Rock Lake, and back to City Hall. It starts at 8:30 am, so basically: avoid that entire area all morning.
The marathon is held rain or shine, and there is definitely rain forecast for this weekend; in fact a couple of Xmasy events around DFW have been postponed, including Merry Market at CityLine in Richardson and Santa Days at the Plaza at Preston Center. But marathons are all about endurance, so this thing will go on through heavy rain, thunder, lightning, high winds, and temperature extremes.
The City of Dallas has renamed Cummings Recreation Center in Oak Cliff in honor of Hiawatha Williams, founder of the Dallas-based Williams Chicken restaurant chain. The park is at 2976 Cummings St., mere blocks from where the first Williams Chicken opened at Ledbetter and Sunnyvale streets 35 years ago. It'll now be called Hiawatha Williams Recreation Center.
HR at WRR
Kurt Rongey has been appointed Assistant Program Director of WRR 101.1 FM, the classical music station previously run by the city of Dallas, now under the management of KERA. Rongey previously worked at WRR for 17 years as Operations Manager for 10 years, and hosted the Going Home Show. Rongey will help lead the classical music station’s conversion to an all-classical, noncommercial format and transition the management from the city of Dallas to KERA.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has debuted its first annual holiday train and buses. There's just a single Holiday Train, wrapped with snowmen and hundreds of twinkling holiday lights to create cheer. The holiday train will travel throughout the entire DART Service Area, making regularly scheduled stops at each station along the route each evening, as follows:
- December 5-11: Orange Line
- December 12-18: Red Line
- December 19-25: Green Line
- December 26-January 1: Blue Line
DART's Holiday buses will travel on various bus routes throughout the DART Service Area through the end of the year.
DART will also host two Holiday Station events featuring radio, live music, a visit from Santa Claus, and promotional giveaways, as follows:
- Saturday, December 10, 12-2 pm, Cockrell Hill Transfer Location, 4430 West Jefferson Blvd.,
- Tuesday, December 13, 12-4 pm, Akard Station, 1401 Pacific Ave.
Anyone looking to ride the DART Holiday Train and Bus can use DART's “Festive Vehicle” tracker on the DART Trip Planner at DART.org.