Meadow Loop Trail Ribbon Cutting
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altTo celebrate the opening of a newly cleared “Meadow Loop Trail”, a dedication program and ribbon cutting was held on Saturday, October 7th at the trail site on the southern part of Keist Park. This was located just south of Keist Blvd, and on the eastside of Hampton.

A Grow South Grant had been awarded to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, who put the money to good use on this project. Jon Papp, the President of the organization welcomed everyone to the celebration, and gave recognition to the volunteers.

Remarks were given by Dwaine Caraway, City Councilman for District 4, Vana Hammond, Grow South, Willis Winters, Director of Dallas Parks Department, Sam Franklin, Dallas Parks Department, and Robert Abtani, President Dallas Park Board.

Light refreshments were offered, as well as an optional trail walk for those prefering to walk part or all of the trail. Another added feature was a veiwing of the “native” prairie meadow located at the entrance to the new trail. Getting to this new trail was just a short hike down the Bridal Trail.

Volunteers included the University of North Texas in Dallas, North Dallas Adventist Academy, Lassiter High School Honor Society, Sunset High School Key Club, Century Air Conditioning, Boy Scouts Troop 2012, Active Network, Dallas County Master Naturalists, and the Dallas County Master Gardeners. Many of whom were in attendance on this day.


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Old Oak Cliff Conservation League is now Heritage Oak Cliff
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PRESS RELEASE
09/18/2017



Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
Announces Name Change to 
"Heritage Oak Cliff"

 
Dallas, TX - A longtime advocate for the preservation of the history and heritage of Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhoods is changing its name after 43 years of service. Old Oak Cliff Conservation League announced today that it will now be called "Heritage Oak Cliff".
 
"We are very pleased to announce these changes," said Ellie Hajek, the organization's President. "Since 1974, we have been at the forefront of the preservation movement in Dallas, working to protect not only the structures that help give Oak Cliff its character, but also the culture, customs and traditions of our neighborhoods." 
 
There will be no interruption in the organization's scheduled activities, chief of which is the Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour, scheduled for October 21-22. Information about Heritage Oak Cliff can now be found at www.heritageoakcliff.org.
 
The organization was founded to stop urban decay and to preserve old neighborhoods in North Oak Cliff. The group fought plans to convert streets into major thoroughfares and helped craft zoning to protect neighborhoods. Over the years, however, the scope of the group's work expanded.
 
The membership now includes neighborhoods well south and east of the old, North Oak Cliff neighborhoods which were the organization's core when founded. And the group's programs now reflect a commitment to more than the preservation of buildings. "Through programs like our Oak Cliff Live! Speaker Series, candidate forums, and our This Place Matters Facebook page, we help our neighbors talk about and participate in solving the problems that arise when a community changes so quickly," said Anne Foster executive vice president.
 
"Certainly, we will continue to work towards the preservation of our historic buildings that link us to the past, and we will continue to participate in the city's evaluation of zoning changes, but we will do all of this with a keen eye to preserving the heritage of Oak Cliff, which includes our cultural diversity and our close-knit neighborhood lifestyles that we all love," added Lee Ruiz, Co-Vice President of Neighborhoods. "The new name is a much better reflection of that."

The organization considered changing its name several times over the years, but finally acted this year. A Name and Logo Review Committee was formed by the Board of Directors. The committee worked closely with Pink Jacket Studio, a branding firm headquartered in Oak Cliff and owned by two Oak Cliff residents. Input was received from a broad swath of the community, especially the organization's membership. The actual name change was voted on at the Board meeting in June, with "Heritage Oak Cliff" quickly receiving broad support. The name change was then kept a secret while the look of the logo was determined. The changes were announced at the Bishop Arts Theater Center on September 18th in conjunction with the 2017 Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour Reveal Reception. 



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Heritage Oak Cliff, formerly Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
 
 
2017 Home Tour
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This year's OOCCL Fall Home Tour will be October 21 and 22 from 12:00-6:00 both days.  TIckets can be purchased online, at Kessler Baking Studio, Lucky Dog Books or at participating Tom Thumb's:
315 S Hampton
           6333 Mockingbird
            522 Preston Royal Center
633 W. Wheatland (Duncanville) 


Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call.  Tickets may be picked up at Will Call the weekend of the tour during tour hours.  Will Call is in the Bishop Arts Distrcit at the corner of Bishop and 8th.  

Tour is rain or shine.  
 
2017 OOCCL Awards
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The Ruth Chenoweth Conservation Achievement Award

This award recognizes outstanding conservation achievement for property of historical significance to Oak Cliff. Treatment of these historic properties may have included preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptive use or a combination of these design principles.
The criteria for the award:
• This award recognizes outstanding conservation achievement pertaining to a property of historical significance in Oak Cliff. That may include preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration, reconstruction, adaptive re-use or a combination of these design principles.
• Consideration includes the treatment of hard-scape and landscape on the existing site. The property - building and its total site - does not intrude upon the surrounding neighborhood but rather compliments and benefits it.
• Recipients of this award are members of a preservation team that have risen above and beyond the ordinary in their efforts to strengthen and preserve the character and integrity that is our history and our future. The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League holds them in our highest regard for their efforts.
 

The Neighborhood Champion Award

This is the first year we will present this award.  It is meant to recognize excellence in advocacy for our Oak Cliff neighborhoods.  

If you know anyone you'd like to nominate for one of these awards, email their info here and some reasons why you think they should be recognized.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
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