The press release can be found here.
The Dallas Arboretum posted a comment on their website this week, stating that it was a misconception that they planned to build a parking garage at Winfrey Point. The comment read: "The concept for a parking garage at Winfrey Point was never shown to the Arboretum, nor to the Park Board or city Council members ..”
The latest documentation uncovered by researcher, Hal Barker, has categorically revealed that the idea to turn Winfrey Point into a parking lot was first mooted by Mary Brinegar a couple of years ago. In a detailed email to Paul Dyer, Director Dallas Park and Recreation Department, dated August 8, 2010, Brinegar spells out her vision for Winfrey Point in detail. You can read her email by clicking here.
- The Arboretum wants Winfrey Point - prime real estate - for nothing, depriving Dallasites free use of this spectacular location.
- The rate payers of Dallas foot the bill for much of the related expense.
- If Dallasites wish to enjoy Winfrey Point in future they will have to pay for the privilege.
- Dallasites will be further deprived of their natural heritage. In its place will be beautifully contrived gardens and other facilities generating more revenue for the Arboretum.
It would appear that the leadership of the Dallas Arboretum has lost their focus. They have become property developers at the expense of conserving nature.