Dallas highways volunteers restore two historic parks of their community

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Volunteers team Dallas

Twenty-tree volunteers from NTE, LBJ Express and NTE 35W joined the friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Almost 50 Dallas Highways volunteers came together recently to serve their local community through the landscaping, gardening and the restoration of two historic parks in Dallas County, specifically in the Oak Cliff area. Both community events are part of Cintra US’ corporate responsibility program, “Operation Give Back” and were organized by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks in partnership with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

On Friday, June 14th, twenty-three volunteers from NTE, LBJ Express and NTE 35W joined the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, which purpose is restoring horticulture and preserving the historic parks of Oak Cliff, to help spruce up Lake Cliff Park and Kiest Park Conservation Area for an upcoming community meeting.

The Lake Cliff and Kiest Park Conservation Area is a special area of Oak Cliff that has a newly renovated Crepe Myrtle Demonstration Garden, a historic pineapple fountain and some rose gardens. One of the WPA trails at Keist Park has been reopened and 130 different plants have been identified in its meadow. With the help of grant funding, there is work being done to open another trail.

The second volunteer opportunity took place on June 21st, and twenty-five volunteers helped clean up the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. All morning, the team helped play a small part in the city’s master plan that will eventually restore the historic park to its original state. Lots of weeding, mulching and even some planting was needed. This historic park was largely abandoned and most of the “Japanese” features have been destroyed over the years.

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