Stone Park will be re-imagined by the community for one day as a passive play park on April 1st. Bring your family and start making a better park!
You’re invited to participate in a walk & talk this Saturday, February 18th from 10 AM – 11 AM to activate Stone Park. Bring your family and neighbors for a casual, come and go discussion. Donuts and coffee will be provided by Kings Highway Conservation District.
For a full schedule, visit teambetterblock.com/stonepark
The following was forwarded to us from our Dallas Parks Board District 1 representative Barbara Barbee:
Dallas parks need your help! Right now, Dallas City Council is considering how to allocate funds in the 2017 Capital Bond Program. Considering our park system has over $2 billion in capital needs, the 2017 bond is Dallas’s best chance to make these critical investments. Sign our petition and tell City Council that Dallas residents want funding for parks in the next bond program!
Dallas’s economic growth and financial sustainability depend upon attracting residents and businesses to Dallas. Parks are a critical part of the high quality-of-life that makes Dallas one of the best cities in America to live and work. Improving parks today is an investment in the future growth and success of our city.
Unfortunately, there is a risk that parks will be left out of the 2017 bond program entirely. Without bond funding, our rec centers and playgrounds will continue to deteriorate, and we won’t be able to build the new parks that are so desperately needed.
This is why I am asking you today to sign our petition supporting parks in the 2017 Capital Bond Program. We already have over 350 signatures—but we need more! Next Thursday, January 12, we will be speaking at the Dallas Park and Recreation Board meeting, and we want to present to them 1,000 signatures. Please take a moment to sign up today at www.SupportDallasParks.org.
Thank you for supporting Dallas parks!
Robert Kent | Trust for Public Land | North Texas Area Director
2902 Floyd St., Dallas, TX 75204
The Trust for Public Land
Creating parks and protecting land for people.
Learn more from a Friends of Dallas Parks op-ed piece in the Dallas Morning News: Friends of Dallas Parks Op Ed
Enjoy a family, fun atmosphere and meet your neighbors for a casual, social night out! Learn about the plans for our Mardi Gras float, and ways you can volunteer to help! Appetizers provided by KHCD.
Neighbor and local Oak Cliff advocate Amy Cowan posted this to her Facebook yesterday about the Nazariean family’s request to create a new sub district in PD830’s zoning. The hearing is today at 1:30 pm at City Hall.
Here are some past stories about the project to get you caught up:
Our neighborhood has seen it’s share of changes to other surrounding communities lately. From the Bishop Arts and Tyler Davis District’s commercial growth, to the interstates surrounding Oak Cliff, both are seeing huge changes, and now the bordering arterial streets W. Davis St. and Tyler/Polk will see significant repair and reconfiguration.
Tyler St. / Polk St. Two-Way Conversion
In September, after more than 2 years of planning and countless public meetings, the city passed a change to the cities thoroughfare plan on Tyler and Polk St. from Canty to 12th. An idea that came out of the first Better Block project on Tyler St., the street grid will be put back to it’s original design as a two-way street, and will include a propsed traffic circle at Winston and Tyler/Polk, bicycle lanes on Polk St., and an attention to public safety. The project will be funded from 2006 city bond funds to upgrade the street lights, stripping and creating the traffic circle. Construction should being in 2017.
W. Davis St. Sidewalk Repair
Have you ever tried to walk down to your favorite Bishop Arts restaurant along W. Davis St? Or for that matter pushed a stroller or taken a wheelchair? For the past 3 years, the city of Dallas has been working on a plan to change how we look at W. Davis. St. Formerly a small section of the original trans-continental highway 80, it’s a shadow of it’s form self. Broken or missing sidewalks, crumbling cement, narrow, and impassable all describe the current state of most of the street from Zang to Montclair. However, you only have to look at the block of W. Davis St. from Clinton to Winnetka to see what this entire area will look like soon. That block underwent repair in 2014 when the owner of the Kessler Theatre, Edwin Cabiness received Davis Garden TIF funds for widening the sidewalk, landscaping, and bicycle parking. This project will simply restitch the sidewalk network back together as well as existing driveways. The more we can create a better walk-able environment, the better our community will be. Construction should be being in early 2017.
New Crosswalk at Canty and Tyler Connecting Kidd Springs Park
The crosswalk at Canty and Tyler St. recently reappeared after years of fading and neglect by the city. New plans to upgrade the Kidd Springs swimming pool, heard calls from several neighbors that the crosswalk needed to be restripped. Most people barely seethe pedestrian yellow signs calling for traffic to slow down, but now there’s a brand new crosswalk helping pedestrians feel a bit safer when crossing this treacherous crossing. Once the new traffic circle gets installed and traffic is diverted back to two-ways, the speeds should fall further thus making it feel safer to cross Tyler St.
Kings Highway Conservation District is hosting a neighborhood National Night Out, October 4th 6-8 pm. Walk, bike or drive over to Polk St and Turner Ave for free food and fun. Meet your neighbors and our special guest, Sheriff Lupe Valdez and our law enforcement officers. A bounce house will be provided and free hot dogs from KHCD, as well as we ask you to bring a side dish if you so desire. Ask questions at https://www.facebook.com/khcdoakcliff/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The US has a staggering problem with pet overpopulation. Every year, our shelters euthanize between 3-4 million pets. The DFW metroplex alone euthanized almost 200,000 last year. This means that euthanasias in Dallas comprise 5-7% of the US total. Staggering.
If you have picked up a stray animal recently and made the calls – you know how overcrowded shelters and rescue groups are right now. Everyone seems to be at maximum capacity. This is not a problem that we can solve by increasing shelter size. We must focus on population control.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
- SPAY/NEUTER YOUR PET ALL STRAYS
- ADOPT FROM SHELTERS/RESCUE GROUPS
As the medical director and an active board member with The Spay Neuter Net (SNN), I am a strong advocate of pet sterilization. After learning that we may do 70-80 surgeries on a single day, my mother once asked me, “Haven’t you fixed them all yet?” This idea that there is a fixed number of intact animals illustrates the general public’s under-appreciation of the problem.
We are way behind in this race. A single cat can have up to 5 litters of kittens per year. That means that a cat could have 300 kittens if allowed to breed for a 10 year period. Staggering.
Our only chance at catching up on overpopulation is to get a handle on the number of puppies/kittens born each year. It is critical that you spay/neuter all of your pets. Every unplanned litter contributes to the problem of overpopulation.
Stray animals should also be spayed and neutered. Dogs should be re-homed or taken to a shelter. Cats are often sterilized and then re-released.
Every litter of puppies or kittens contributes to the problem of pet overpopulation. This means intentional litters from breeder as well. It is currently estimated that 25% of dogs in shelters nationwide are pure bred dogs. Our shelters are at maximum capacity and yet we continue to breed dogs and cats.
Shelters and rescue groups play an important role in helping to lower the annual euthanasia rates. Every animal that is adopted from these organizations opens a space for another dog or cat to potentially find a home.
If you are not prepared to add another permanent member to your family, you should consider fostering. Many rescue groups do not have a designated building or shelter. They are comprised of big hearted people who have opened their homes to provide transitional shelter for dogs and cats in need of a forever homes. Every fostered animal opens up another space in the shelter system.
We must band together and open
- Our minds to comprehending the magnitude of the problem and the importance of spay/neuter
- Our hearts and our homes to adopting or fostering animals in need
Jennifer Lavender, DVM is a veterinarian and co-owner of Metro Paws Animal Hospital, LLC (www.dallasmetropaws.com). She has been associated with The Spay Neuter Net (www.spayneuternet.org) for 10 years. This organization provided over 13,000 low cost surgeries in 2012. Her permanent pets are all rescues. When possible, she also fosters dogs for Animal Allies of Texas (www.animal alliesoftexas.org).