As told to Keri Mitchell by Sally Rodriguez, Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s historian. 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


Kidd Springs was a private park, just like Lake Cliff, and we acquired it in 1947. So these were private buildings — probably some sort of pool house with arcades and games. Or it might have been an open-air pavilion for dancing.


And then here, the buildings are all gone except one, and the lake is drying up. The rec center now sits overlooking the lake.


Here again is the lake, and this — you can see it dammed — was the swimming pool. It used to be part of the lake.