Trinity Park Conservancy declines to help pay for Margaret McDermott bridge fixes

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The Trinity Park Conservancy has declined to help pay for repairs to the Margaret McDermott pedestrian bridges.

The Dallas City Council voted in April to ask the organization to help fund $7 million of repairs, because the organization advocated heavily for the costly signature bridge.

The chair of the conservancy responded in a letter that the organization's fundraising efforts are focused on the Harold Simmons Park.

The city now plans to move forward with replacing 196 cables with taxpayer funding. One of the cables broke during construction, and others have detached since then.

The hike and bike portions of the Margaret McDermott Bridge were supposed to have open two years ago. The repairs are expected to take another three years.