Friday, May 4, 2012

Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake, Dallas to be used as a Parking Lot

Let’s state this categorically at the outset: we love and support the Dallas Arboretum. They are a HUGE attraction in Dallas, and they deserve their rock star status … BUT … hands off Winfrey Point! 

White Rock Lake is a gift that belongs to the people of Dallas. The objective is to conserve it, not pave it for a parking lot. Turning Winfrey Point into a parking lot is a totally absurd idea.

Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake, Dallas may be turned into a parking lot. This photo was taken at Winfrey Point.
 This endangered ecosystem is home to birds, plants and
all kinds of animals

If ever there was a situation that epitomized the 1970's Joni Mitchell song, Big Yellow Taxi, this is it.

It would appear that the takeover of Winfrey Point is part of a larger planned expansion of the Dallas Arboretum and the opening of the children’s interactive education park in 2013.

Whilst we will always remain huge fans and support the Dallas Arboretum, we believe that they need to exploit all options for a creative solution to the problem, and Winfrey Point should not be part of the solution.

The Issue

The Dallas Arboretum has run out of parking space for special events.

Without any consultation with residents or concerned citizens, the Dallas Parks Board recently authorized parking in the Texas Lone Star Land Steward prairie grass and wildflower areas on Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake.

Winfrey Point is located on the east side of White Rock Lake, the “crown jewel” of the Dallas parks system. It is the site of many cultural, athletic and community events and contains several acres of protected Blackland Prairie grasses. This is a very unique and endangered ecosystem that is home to rare birds, plants and many animals. 

 Protected native tallgrass prairie at Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas
 Protected native tallgrass prairie at Winfrey Point

Dallas Parks have won a Texas Land Steward award for their efforts to protect and preserve this prairie.

The prairie is a diverse ecosystem of mainly native grasses and flowering plants with prairie wildlife, soil, and geology all playing important roles. Texas used to have 20 million acres of beautiful tallgrass prairie. Today, there is less than 1%, and losses are still occurring due to plowing, improper overgrazing, and development.

Now this incredible resource, and specifically the area around Winfrey Point, is in danger of becoming a parking lot!

What YOU can do about it

We should be getting back to nature, not deliberately destroying it. YOU can help Save Winfrey Point so that all may enjoy the natural beauty at White Rock Lake. 

Voice your opinion by:
Maybe the protestors and supporters of Save Winfrey Point should use Big Yellow Taxi as their call to battle.

We will let Joni Mitchell have the last word:

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot


Counting Crows had a huge hit with Big Yellow Taxi in 2002 and consequently it is the more famous version.

1 comment:

  1. Boycott the arboretum and their sponsors. Cancel your your memberships. No more annual fund donations. No more concert purchases or renting their facilities. Enough is enough.