Historic aerial photos of Kiest Park

The WPA put this road in and some bridges in the '30s, and you see the stone gates that were built at the entrances to the park.

The captions are as told to Keri Mitchell by Sally Rodriguez, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s historian. All photos are courtesy of the Dallas Municipal Archives and curated by Rodriguez. She authored the book “White Rock Lake,” available at area bookstores and through arcadiapublishing.com.

We’re looking to the north, and you can see Kiest and North Hampton. This photo was taken after WPA [Works Progress Administration] work, which was done in the ’30s. The pergola, which we are getting ready to restore, is sitting there in the Y. The WPA put this road in and some bridges, and you see the stone gates that were built at the entrances to the park. North of Kiest Park, you can see the Volk Airport runway going across.


Now we’re looking south, and you can tell by the development, this is much later. That airport has been replaced by all these homes, and you see the field house here on the circle. The field house actually predates the WPA.


In this one, the pergola is gone, so it may be the late ’50s or early ’60s. If you look, there’s a carnival going on in the back, with school buses off to the side. If you look in the middle of the trees, you see the WPA-built pavilion. That’s currently where the trail runs, but at one time there was a roadway back there.


Look for aerial photos of Kidd Springs and Lake Cliff parks in future issues.

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