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How to Preserve History and Remain Relevant as Lake Cliff Park Turns 100 - Oak Cliff Advocate

A panorama taken from Lake Cliff Tower shows a family walking together on a weekday evening: Photo by Danny Fulgencio 

Article by Rachel Stone

About 2,000 Dallas residents amassed at Lake Cliff Park when it opened to the public on July 4, 1906.

The privately owned amusement park boasted, at 18,000 square feet, “the largest skating rink in the world,” as well as amusement rides, a Ferris wheel, a casino and a three-story theater and opera house.


Lake Cliff Park Centennial Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicki Young


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Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration

Join the fun at one of Dallas’ hidden gems

DALLAS–(June 20, 2014)–Lake Cliff Park became a public park 100 years ago. The Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration will be held at the Park, 300 E. Colorado Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75203, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 5 pm until 9 pm. This family-friendly event is free and the public is invited.

Lake Cliff Park surrounds a beautiful 3-acre lake with two dramatic fountains, historic WPA stone pavilions and pergolas, a restored rose garden, children’s playground, baseball diamond, tennis court and walking trail. The lake was once the site of a popular, private Dallas area amusement park with games, rides, casino, theater, restaurant, swimming and boating on the lake. “Lake Cliff Park really is an important part of Dallas history,” said Dr. Elba Garcia, who lived across from the lake for many years. “We’re so excited to be celebrating this hidden treasure with everyone.”

There will be live music by a barbershop quartet and a four-piece band, “Homespun Remedies” (Austin Cope, Michael Johnson, Chris Ray, and Mike Saunders). This well-known group wears period dress and will perform a mix of 1914-era music, American traditionals, and original compositions. Oak Cliff non-profits, service organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the Centennial with historic and current information booths.

In addition, the Texas Theater is presenting a showing of the classic movie “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7:30 pm. A Lake Cliff Park historical exhibit will be on display, provided by the City of Dallas Municipal Archives. Lake Cliff Neighborhood Association will present a photographic record of “Oak Cliff at Lake Cliff”. The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League is sponsoring a juried essay contest about local history and preservation with a sizable prize. A period dress contest will be held, with prizes for best male and best female costume awarded (must be present to win). Picnic fare will be available from food trucks.

Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration Sponsors:

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is the Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors are Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs; Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, District 4; The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League; The Texas Theater; The Oak Cliff Film Festival and The Young Company. The list of sponsors and activities will have later additions.

Lake Cliff Park Centennial Celebration Organizers:

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Old Oak Cliff Conservation League

Lake Cliff Neighborhood Association

Oak Cliff Earth Day

Preservation Dallas

Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce

City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

City of Dallas Municipal Archives

Link to Lake Cliff Park history:

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