See Oak Cliff deck park plans next month

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Plans for a $135 million deck park over Interstate 35 in Oak Cliff are moving forward.

The Texas Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on the proposed park on April 25.

City Council last year approved a resolution to endorse the park and explore funding options for it.

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The park would span 35 between Ewing and Zang, creating a 5.5-acre park as well as a pedestrian/bike connection between central Oak Cliff and the Dallas Zoo.

The Regional Transportation Council has offered to pitch in $45 million for the project, bringing Dallas’ portion to $95 million. That’s a long shot considering Dallas could be looking at bankruptcy in the near future.

Potential construction contractors are expected to offer options at the meeting next month, which could include lower-cost proposals.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the cafeteria of Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center.

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  • Tony Hammontree

    Thanks for sharing this.

    I think it is important to note that this is a connection point between Central Oak Cliff and East Oak Cliff (not just the zoo). I want to press the importance of this issue and apologize in advance for the lengthy comment.

    1937 – The HOLC red-lined Historic Tenth Street and the Bottom, two prominent African-American neighborhoods on the East side of I35E; Labeled as a “slum”. From this ‘limited funds’ were available for mortgages: http://kirwan.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=29041b0623ef482981e1bcc50220eff6

    1955 – The planning of I-35e, which devastated communities in it’s path and separated two parts of Oak Cliff. (compare this with the map above) : http://dallasfreeways.com/dfwfreeways/old-highway-maps/1955-dallas-central.jpg

    Eastern half of Oak Cliff Today –

    -High % of blight, high vacancy rates, impoverished, unusual crime, high % of locally unwanted land uses (lulu’s), areas in the floodway are not protected by levees, lack of businesses, lack of public and private funding, low community participation rates (inactive NA’s), segregation: https://demographics.virginia.edu/DotMap/index.html and the list goes on.

    -lack of resources, investment and interest by others (besides outside charity)

    -Lack of city council competition = equals poor representation

    -Lack of hope by long time residents

    As a result, the area lacks the support from local media outlets like Advocate Oak Cliff and OOCCL. It is somewhat silenced because of this because new and local residents depend on the media for news and neighborhoods depend on them for image identity.

    -Advocate Oak Cliff = Eastern half of Oak Cliff is not within the distribution area of coverage due to lack of funding (Ironically, the only neighborhood covered is a prominent, majority-white and active community; Beckley Club Estates) : Advertise.advocatemag.com/distribution/

    -OOCCL = Only one neighborhood (again, Beckley Club Estates) is included in the member neighborhoods map, because of lack of NA participation: http://ooccl.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=58

    Please feel free to correct me if there are any false statements.

    Thank you,

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