How the city will spend $17.9 million in Oak Cliff

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Dallas voters approved taking on more than $1 billion in debt when they approved the city of Dallas’ bond package in November.

Oak Cliff will see millions in street and drainage improvements, including these streets that are getting bike lanes.

We’re also getting about $17.9 million in other improvements. Here’s a rundown of those big-ticket items.

Interstate 35 deck park, $7.1 million
To pay for construction of structural support for a deck park over I-35 between Ewing and Zang.

Kidd Springs Park pool complex, $4.5 million
The city was about $11 million short of implementing its plan to improve pools at six city parks, including Kidd Springs. But now the plans are a go.

The Dallas Zoo, $3.5 million
The Dallas Zoological Society, which runs the zoo, is matching with another $3.5 million for parking enhancements and other improvements to accommodate attendance growth.

Oak Cliff Municipal Center, $2 million
If you’re not familiar with this building in the 300 block of East Jefferson, it’s where building and other city permits are issued. The $2 million will go to interior renovations, including restrooms, common areas, mechanical systems and offices.

Dallas Police Department Southwest Patrol Station, $775,000
Central Oak Cliff’s police station will receive security enhancements.

Oak Cliff Cultural Center, $110,000
To replace heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

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6 Comments

  • Spend it burying some of the tens of thousands of utility poles & lines that blight our sidewalks & alleys.

  • What do you think they are going to put the deck on? What drainage problem? Since when? I’ve never heard of a drainage problem. Why should Kroger wait? They should have made major improvements years ago. They are making tons of money out of the store the way it is, why would they even think they had to improve it? Why don’t Oak Cliff reps and the mayor talk to the Kroger execs? 2 million to make a trail to walk on? Don’t we have sidewalks everywhere?

  • This is so screwed up. We’re going into debt to build a park that most people in the area don’t even want. $4.5 Million for a pool, and only $3.5 Mill. for the zoo and only $775,000 for the police department?? Where is the money for renovating fire stations and giving them safety equipment? Where’s the money for proper street lighting? What about paying our police and fire dept. comparable salaries and benefits??
    They’re focused on bike lanes when the city streets are so bad, and the traffic lights are so inadequate??
    This is an incredibly irresponsible city counsel and city manager! Do they ever get out of their offices??
    More and more I’m disgusted with Dallas leadership(?).

  • 1. The deck park is going in between Marsalis and Ewing over I-35 and not closing any roads. Where did you hear that?
    2. Part of the bond money will go to fixing drainage problems at Wynewood, which allows the new owners to move forward with $30M+ in improvements to the shopping center. Most likely that’ll result in Kroger stepping up their game there or maybe another grocer taking interest (perhaps the latter, because that Kroger is awful).

    Another improvement not mentioned in the story is $2M for a trail extension in Elmwood, which will complete a bike and pedestrian corridor from Kiest Park to Wynnewood area.

  • I can’t believe they are going to do that deck park over 35. That means they are taking away a road we need to use when 35 is backed up and that is all the time. The Horseshoe project was worthless. The highways have not improved. Most of these improvements are for Buildings, not for the people of Oak Cliff. Where are the road repairs, which are needed everywhere in Oak Cliff? What about getting new grocery stores in Oak Cliff? Have you seen the Kroger’s in Oak Cliff? It’s the raggedy stepchild of all Kroger stores in the DFW area. When is Wynnewood going to get a major overhaul? What are these millions of dollars really going to do for the people of Oak Cliff???

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