Although it was a dark and stormy night, there was a full house at Hitt Auditorium on Wednesday, March 30, to hear the two candidates running for the Dallas ISD School Board in District 7. We all know how critical it is to have Oak Cliff well represented on the School Board and are grateful to the candidates for their willingness to answer so many questions from the audience and to speak personally with residents after the meeting. It was a wonderful opportunity for the Oak Cliff community to hear the candidates positions on many topics and to have their voices heard.
If you were not able to attend, you can view the Candidate Forum in its entirety in the video of the evening.
The 10th Annual Oak Cliff Earth Day will be held at historic Lake Cliff Park in the Demonstration Rose Garden on Sunday April 10st from 12 to 5 PM. (rain or shine). Lake Cliff Park is located at the intersection of Colorado & Zang Blvd in North Oak Cliff. This community based event is family, Earth and pet friendly. Come and bring family, friends and pets because there is something to entertain everyone. There is no charge to attend this outdoor festival but there are opportunities to purchase locally grown plants, handicrafts, art & food. There will be a number of food trucks. Live entertainment will take place on two stages this year starting at 12:30 p.m.
For animal lovers, you can adopt a pet, learn about Senior Pets Assistance Network (SPAN), and register your pet for the 5th Annual Oak Cliff Mutt Strut.
For children, they can pet animals at the Country Critters, see native reptiles from the John Bunker Sands Wetlands, watch live raptors & view bees in a bee hive. Children can also enter our youth poster contest. This year’s theme is “Create a Flower”. Applications are available online or at any Dallas Public Library.
For adults, you can also view the entries and winners of our youth poster contest sponsored by the Dallas Public Library & Oak Cliff Earth Day. This year’s theme is “Create a Flower”. You can learn about environmentally friendly vehicles like bikes, a 90 mpg scooter & a bus that runs on grease from the Dallas County School District.
Registration for booth space is open and local businesses and non-profits are invited to participate. What better way to get your message to the community than a grassroots event such as Oak Cliff Earth Day?
New for 2016, you can ride the Oak Cliff Street Car from Union station to the Festival. The street car runs every 30 minutes on Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. and the final stop is just across the street from the festival.
Before the dust has cleared from the Bishop Arts Gateway brawl, another important site in Oak Cliff has been re-envisioned by Good, Fulton and Farrell. The plans for the piece of land, that formerly held the Oak Farms Dairy, have sparked much discussion on social media. The reaction is overwhelming negative.
The former Oak Farms site is possibly the single most prominent, undeveloped tract in Dallas, south of downtown. I, for one, was hoping that the Oak Cliff pump house would be saved and incorporated into a thoughtfully designed development. As the property owners have opted to raze the pump house, I suggest we make our feelings known as plans for the property begin to emerge. Though we are not all happy about what is coming to Davis and Zang, there is no doubt that the new design is vastly better than the original.
Developers know that the people of Oak Cliff will not sit idly by as the essence of our neighborhood is threatened. Let's insist that the first thing people see, when crossing the Houston Street bridge from downtown, is in keeping with what lies beyond. After negative reactions on social media, plans are deleted -story on Candy's Dirt