Preservation Dallas and the Urban Armadillos will unveil the new Pegasus Urban Trails mobile app next week. It outlines urban trails through downtown that feature unique landmarks like the Statler Hilton, Reunion Tower, City Hall, Dealey Plaza, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
The groups will have a party to mark the debut of the app at 4:30 p.m. on June 16 at The Eye across from The Joule. There, Dallas City Councilman Adam Medrano and Downtown Dallas Inc.’s John Crawford will provide more information about exactly what the app offers.
Urban Armadillos, which was founded in 2012 to create a group of civic-minded Dallasites and has grown to over 300 members, aims to create pedestrian trails that link Dallas’ urban districts. Its name comes from a collective desire to “dig up Dallas, district by district.” It’s led by Mike Wyatt of Cushman & Wakefield and Skyler Baty of IA Interior Architects.
For the Pegasus Urban Trails app, the partners curated a selection of unique landmarks, parks, architecturally significant structures, and “pop culture” hotspots within Civic Center, Dallas Arts District, Deep Ellum, Dallas Farmers Market, Main Street District, Reunion District, Thanksgiving Commercial Center, and West End Historic District. The groups hope the app will increase the overall economic vitality and legacy of Dallas, connect and the city’s urban treasures, and enrich visitor experiences.
The name of the app, Pegasus Urban Trails, is an homage to the pegasus sitting atop the historic 1922 Magnolia building in downtown Dallas. Its development was funded by AT&T, Downtown Dallas Inc., and the Fondren Preservation Fund for Texas of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.