By the end of summer, Lake Cliff Park will be a little more inviting. The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department is finishing up improvements to walkways and a bathroom that was built in the 1920s. The department also is installing new lighting and benches, and it’s planting 20 trees.
The historic park was privately owned when it was built in the late 1800s, and “was like the Six Flags of 1900,” said project manager Trent Williams. The city took it over in the 1910s. The 1920s bathroom that the city is restoring stands out because it’s shaped like a pagoda. It predates most other structures in the park, which were built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and 40s and “have a different architecture style all together,” Williams said.
When the project is completed, hopefully sometime in August, there will be an interior walkway all the way around the lake. The walkways follow a path that is based on architects’ plans from the 1940s, Williams said.