City plans to put the springs back into Kidd Springs Park

Kidd Springs Pool
(Photo courtesy of the Dallas Municipal Archives)

The City of Dallas has been throwing some big money behind 70-year-old Kidd Springs Park.

Work could start later this year on a $4.5-million “aquatics center” to replace the pool. A $353,000 project recently repaired a 10-foot-deep underground culvert at the park.

There are plans to improve the dam and slow shoreline erosion at a cost of around $145,000.

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And now uncapping the original spring and creating a stone water rill are on on the agenda. In the 1870s, the spring was described as “gushing from the side of a hill.” But it was capped with cement sometime in the 20th Century and lost for awhile.

But the city’s Park and Recreation Department found the source of the spring in a hillside near the swimming pool. It flows through a pipe and into the pond.

Plans for daylighting the spring call for removing the pipe and allowing water to flow from the spring into the pond via a rill.

The park department will bring those plans to a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at the Kidd Springs Recreation Center.

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