There’s no park in the L.O. Daniel neighborhood, which is wedged between Jefferson and Davis.
"To get to the nearest park, you have to cross a busy street, and it’s kind of dangerous," says neighbor Justin Epker.
But that’s about to change. The L.O. Daniel Neighborhood Association got a $10,000 "Loving My Community" grant from the city of Dallas recently. And they’re using it to turn a vacant lot on North Marlborough into a pocket park.
Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters owner Shannon Neffendorf, who lives on the street, owns the lot and agreed to let neighbors use it for a park.
The grant will pay for cleanup of the lot and a perimeter fence, Epker says. A contractor has donated labor and a tractor, and Winnetka Heights resident Jason Lackey, who owns Picture Perfect Landscaping, has donated a landscape design. The neighborhood association plans to apply for an Old Oak Cliff Conservation League grant to buy stuff like benches and playground equipment.