CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The Dallas Morning News - Friday, October 8, 1999
Eight Oak Cliff neighborhoods have received grants to help fund projects that will improve and beautify the old Oak Cliff area.
8 Oak Cliff neighborhoods get grants
The Dallas Morning News - Tuesday, August 10, 1999
Author: Eleska Aubespin, Staff Writer of The Dallas Morning News
More than $10,000 was awarded in July and will be used for street sign toppers, landscape lighting, a neighborhood directory, sidewalk ramps, street improvements and irrigation.
The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League , which was founded in 1974, is dedicated to the preservation, conservation and restoration of the area. Twenty-two Oak Cliff neighborhoods are in the league, encompassing an area bounded by Interstate 35 to the east, Interstate 30 to the north, Westmoreland Avenue to the west and Kiest Boulevard to the south, said Gary Burns, the group's president.
"These grants help bring the neighborhoods together and give residents an incentive to develop projects they can work on together," Mr. Burns said. "The league's thrust is to help preserve and enhance life in the old Oak Cliff area, so we look for projects that benefit the entire neighborhood."
It is the third year that grants have been awarded.
Winnetka Heights received $500 to publish a neighborhood directory; West Kessler received $1,700 to irrigate a cul-de-sac; Stevens Park Village got $1,220 to close a street; $1,711 was awarded to Stevens Park Estates for historic lighting; $1,000 was given to North Cliff to build sidewalk ramps; L.O. Daniel has $1,699 and Kessler Park/Ravinia Heights has $500 for street sign toppers; and Kessler Neighbors Unlimited was awarded $1,700 for landscape lighting.
The neighborhoods have two years to use grant money for their projects, Mr. Burns said. When deciding who to fund, the grant committee looked at what other funding the neighborhoods had received for projects and whether projects helped preserve the look of the area. Applicants also had to be conservation league members.
"We don't totally fund any project," Mr. Burns said. "We ask that the neighborhood get involved in the additional funding."
David Haedge, president of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, said the grant money will help pay for a neighborhood directory that will list residents' names, hobbies and hometowns, in addition to giving the history of the neighborhood.
"It's a great way for the league to put money back into neighborhoods," Mr. Haedge said. "But it's not just physical beautification. It builds a neighborhood bond."
The league's annual home tour is the major fund-raising event that provides money for grants. The 17th annual Old Oak Cliff Fall Tour of Homes will be Oct. 16 and 17. Last year's event included 10 homes and one public building and attracted more than 2,000 people.
Patrick Boyd, tour chairman, said grant money allows old Oak Cliff residents to improve the area without depending solely on city funds.
"It's strictly about loving your neighborhood," Mr. Boyd said. "And there is really only so much the city can do."
Residents interested in volunteering for the home tour or willing to include their historic homes in the tour should call Mr. Boyd at 214-943-8147.