SOC Community Park Input Meeting 4

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For Oak Cliff

4478 South Marsalis Avenue

Dallas, TX 75216

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This meeting is open to all South Oak Cliff residents and community stakeholders who care about the beautification of the SOC community.

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Attention all residents and neighborhood champions of the South Oak Cliff area!

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Please join us @ For Oak Cliff, Saturday, September 28th 11am-1pm to hear about the awesome new park and contribute your valuable feedback as proud members of the community! Lunch will be provided.

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The North Texas office of The Trust for Public Land works to ensure that every resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan region lives within a 10-minute walk of a high-quality park, trail, or greenspace, creating a healthier and more connected region that is resilient to the challenges of the twenty-first century. The Trust for Public Land accomplishes the work by planning for new parks, raising public and private funds, protecting important natural places, and creating best-in-class public greenspaces that revitalize local neighborhoods and benefit the city.

In Dallas, TPL has partnered with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department to develop a network of parks and trails across the Five Mile Creek watershed. Draining an approximately 70-square mile are of the city, Five Mile Creek and its many tributaries is home to some of Dallas’s most iconic and beautiful natural landscape. Once fully developed, the Five Mile Creek Urban Greenbelt will include 23 miles of trail and hundreds of acres of new parks, providing exceptional access to the scenic hills and valleys of southwest Dallas.

As a first demonstration of this vision, TPL is collaborating with the community around South Oak Cliff High School to transform Alice Branch Creek into a public greenspace. A tributary of Five Mile Creek, the approximately one-mile long Alice Branch Creek winds through the neighborhoods around South Oak Cliff High School before merging with the main creek near Glendale Park. Neighbors, residents, and community stakeholders have identified numerous challenges related to Alice Branch Creek: trash and litter are common throughout the creek, the creek’s overgrowth is a nuisance that limits its use and attracts illicit activities, and conflicts with wildlife are common. In the words of Dr. Willie Johnson, Principal of South Oak Cliff High School, “What should be a beautiful place of nature is instead polluted, littered, and an eyesore.”

The Trust for Public Land believes Alice Branch Creek to be an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the power of high-quality parks and greenspaces to catalyze neighborhood revitalization. In collaboration with the students, faculty, alumni, and community of South Oak Cliff High School, over the course of 2019 and 2020 TPL and partners are transforming Alice Branch Creek into a public greenspace that will directly improve health, education, and public safety outcomes in the surrounding community. Using a collective impact model, we are leading a coalition of allied stakeholders and organizations to implement this work, including South Oak Cliff High School, For Oak Cliff, the Texas Trees Foundation, the Better Block Foundation, Groundwork Dallas, Parkland Bluitt-Flowers Health Clinic, Dallas Police Department, and most importantly, the neighbors and residents who call South Oak Cliff home.

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4478 South Marsalis Avenue

Dallas, TX 75216

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