Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, 11/09, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Nova Restaurant

Learn about the changes to W. W. Stone Park, KHCD’s Mardi Gras float, participate in the general elections where we need at least 20 attendees to have a quorum, and volunteer to for a committee or board position.  No proxies or email voting.  Nominees for officer positions will be formerly received at the meeting.  Complimentary heavy snacks will be provided by KHCD.  Kids welcome.

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DRAFT AGENDA as of 11/7

Quarterly Resident Meeting

November 9, 2017

Nova Restaurant

6:30 – 8:30 PM

  1. 2017 Officer Elections ~ Jonathan Braddick
    1. Open officer seats
      1. President
      2. Vice President
      3. Treasurer
      4. Secretary
    2. Nominee Statements
      1. President – Zackary Skoch
      2. Vice President – Dave Kozack
      3. Secretary – Michelle Powell
      4. Treasurer – Jennifer Zubiate
    3. Official nominations
    4. Elections
  2. Committee Chairs for appointment consideration and committee member volunteers to date
    1. Get involved at kingshwy.org, click on Get Involved at the top of the page
    2. Communications – Meghan Carruth
      1. Jonathan Braddick, Brooks Igo, Lybo Buchanon, Kyle Reimer, Henry Pylant
    3. Events – OPEN
      1. Richard Walker, Michelle Powell, Mandy Mcquire, Anabel Castillo-Soto
    4. City Government – OPEN
      1. Anabel Castillo-Soto
    5. Crime and Code – OPEN
      1. Jennifer Zubiate, Brooks Igo
    6. Outreach – OPEN
      1. Ashley Bonnin Igo, Mandy Mcquire
    7. Membership – OPEN
      1. Jennifer Zubiate
    8. Fundraising – Anabel Castillo-Soto
    9. Planning and Development – Jonathan Braddick
      1. Zachary Skoch, Jennifer Zubiate, Anabel Castillo-Soto
  3. Planning and Development
    1. Stone Park Progress Report ~ Jonathan Braddick
  4. Events
    1. First Friday and Family Halloween Recaps
    2. Mardi Gras Float ~ Richard Walker
      1. Volunteers:  Richard Walker, Brooks Igo, Patrick Harwood, Michelle Powell, Zachary Skoch, Anna Pylant, Anabel Castillo-Soto
  5. Q&A
  6. Adjourn

Stone Park Better Block a Success!

Update:  Download the latest progress report for the W. W. Stone Park  Improvements 171103_progressreport

On April 1, 2017, Kings Highway Conservation District neighbors teamed up with Team Better Block, a consulting firm born in Oak Cliff out of the original Better Block project back in 2010, to conduct a rapid planning effort with neighborhood volunteers and showcase how W. W. Stone Park could be improved using best practice place-making tools called Stone Park Better Block.

Neighbors first gathered back on February 18th for a walk and talk of the space to discuss their ideas and gather feedback for the effort.

Team Better Block then created a concept plan that was reviewed and vetted by neighbors, and formulated into a build plan for the purpose of constructing pop up amenities for the April 1st transformation event.

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Volunteers gave their time and Team Better Block and KHCD partially funded building a fence, mural, crosswalks, bicycle parking, table, little library, seating, games, donated toys and programmed the morning with food, beverages, and music from a neighborhood teenage band and honored a former long-time neighbor.

Border Fence

Parents wanted the space to feel safer from the busy street so they could relax a bit more while their children played.

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Bicycle Rack

Many residents ride their bicycles throughout the neighborhood and city, and wanted parking installed.

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Crosswalks

Temporary crosswalks were painted to provide better, safer access to the park from two different places on Edgefield.

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Toddler Table

The benches currently installed in the park are great, but lack a table to enable eating your lunch, an art project, or any activity for children and adults might partake in while enjoying the park.

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Little Library

By chance, an official Little Library was acquired through a donation from the family of Catherine Belle Seaman, a lovely and active woman who had grown up and lived in the neighborhood most of her life.

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Space Mural

A local neighbor and artist created a temporary galaxy mural for the day.  Volunteers are working on a proposal to submit to the cities Cultural Affairs department to implement a future mural on the concrete slab at the park.

 

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On April 1, 2017, the day’s events kicked off with a dedication of a the little library in honor of Catherine Belle Seaman, who grow up on Winnetka and loves to read stories.  Here’s some video of her speech at the event:

Many new and old neighbors came out to see the temporary changes, and provided feedback in a survey distributed at the event.  Here are several photos from the day:

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After the event, and over the past several months, a small and dedicated group of volunteers worked with the Parks department to submit a needs list for review by park staff.  After their review, KHCD was awarded with the creation of a pilot program for all of the new improvements.  Currently, a progress summary report has been created and will be presented at the next quarterly meeting on November 9th.

First Friday’s Restart, a Breath of Fresh Air

Approximately 50+ Kings Highway neighbors enjoyed an evening of socializing on Friday, September 8th for the return of First Friday, a social event for neighbors to catch up, relax and meet one another.

The evening was graciously hosted at the home of Terrance Nichols and Tony Nuncio, and it was great to meet so many new neighbors to the KHCD area.  For those families who can’t always make it to a First Friday event, KHCD is organizing it’s first Family Friendly Halloween Get Together @ Stone Park on October 28th, 9 AM – 12 AM.  Also, you can join in on the fun at the National Night Out at Twelve Hills on October 3rd.

Our October First Friday event will be held on Friday, October 6th at the home of
Meghan and Clark Carruth – 1518 Kings Hwy.  Time: 6:30-8:30.  See you there!  Look for an email invite.  If you aren’t subscribed to Kings Highway emails, subscribe here!  Check out all upcoming events on the KHCD calendar here.

Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, 9/21, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Nova Restaurant

Learn about the changes to the KHCD board, current projects and what’s happening in Oak Cliff. Complimentary heavy snacks will be provided by KHCD.  Kids welcome.

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DRAFT AGENDA as of 9/18
I. Upcoming Board Elections & Committee Chairs
  • Pres
  • VP
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Job descriptions/responsibilities
Committee Chairs:
  • Social Events
    • First Friday
    • Mardi Gras Float
    • Family Events
  • Communications
    • Web, Social, Email
  • Planning and Development
    • Stone Park improvements
    • Mural
    • Walkable KHCD
  • Code/Crime
  • Membership
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach
II. Upcoming Social Events
First Fridays:
  • October (10/6)  – Meghan & Clark Carruth
  • November (11/3) – Michelle Powell
  • December – No FF this month
Quarterly Family Events:
  • First one scheduled for Sat, 10/28 at Stone Park on Edgefield.
Mardi Gras – KHCD Float
III.  Polk Round About Update
IV.  Stone Park Improvement Update

Walk or Bike with KHCD in the OC Mardi Gras Parade, this Sunday @ 3PM | sponsored by Jennisto

KHCD will be participating in this year’s Mardi Gras Parade, and we need volunteers to walk or bike in the parade. Bring your family and friends and walk with neighbors in the cities best parade!

Meet Up Details:

Meet in front of PHD at Davis St and Clinton at 3PM to pick up your FREE t-shirt brought to you by Jennisto. We’ll know our precise line up location then and have a volunteer help direct you to that spot. KHCD will have beads and bring your own if you have some. Wear a mask, decorate your bicycle, just have fun!

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jennisto_logo-color_blackWe’re so thankful to Jenni Stolarski, long time property owner in Kings Highway, for her generous sponsorship of the t-shirts!

Jenni Stolarski, Vice President, REALTOR ®
Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty
jenni@jennisto.com
214-762-9761

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Stone Park Better Block – Community Walk & Talk, Saturday, February 18th, 10 – 11 AM

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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

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Sign a Petition for Dallas Parks!

The following was forwarded to us from our Dallas Parks Board District 1 representative Barbara Barbee:

Dear friends,

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

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Robert Kent | Trust for Public Land | North Texas Area Director

469-615-5448 | Robert.Kent@TPL.org | www.TPL.org

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