Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park

Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park Historic Japanese garden in public city green space Kidd Springs Park in North Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. The Japanese Garden, originally designed with extensive landscaping and stonework by storied Dallas garden design firm Lambert's and established in the late 1960s, remains a vibrant green space nestled in Kidd Springs Park, a City of Dallas public park.
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A 2016 campaign to restore the historic Japanese Garden is now underway by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks along with many community partners including the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/Water University, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas County Master Gardeners, Kidd Springs Central, Kidd Springs Recreation Center, Edith O'Donnell Institute, Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, and neighborhood park supporters. The lush grounds of the Japanese Garden are populated by a magnificent variety of trees that are very unique and rare to the Dallas area. These include a rare Shortleaf Pine, several Ginkgo biloba trees (aka Japanese maidenhair trees) and several varieties of spruce trees. The garden also contains towering deodor cedars, Japanese black and red pines, Japanese maples, golden rain trees as well as an admirable variety of bamboo species and flowering perennials. Meandering walking trails overlook a two-acre natural spring-fed lake. This cherished public green space also contains a remarkable collection of Japanese antiquities typical of those found in traditional Edo Period strolling gardens in Japan including two 17th century Buddhist sculptures as well as a magnificent ten-foot tall carved-granite stone lantern originally sent by the Emperor of Japan's government to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. All of these antiquities were collected by Ethel Buell, an Oklahoma/Texas oil heiress in the Roaring Twenties and Thirties for her 10-acre Japanese garden in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her collection was acquired in 1967 by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and thus was born Dallas' only public Japanese garden in Dallas, officially dedicated in 1971. *In the park's rec center, pick up a free copy of the publication by conceptual artist Cynthia Mulcahy produced for her research-based public art project "Performance as Gesture: Songs for a City Park," which recently uncovered the forgotten history of the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. For more information about the Friends of Oak Cliff Park's 2016 restoration campaign, please contact us at www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org. A link to the above mentioned publication is also available on this website.

Operating as usual

Chad West for Dallas City Council
03/20/2020

Chad West for Dallas City Council

Neighbors, my kids are bored too, but PLEASE do NOT go to the playgrounds! Parks and trails are open but playgrounds are officially closed to reduce the spread of infection. Please take care of each other — and especially our seniors and immune-compromised neighbors — by keeping children off of our playgrounds. Feel free to use our parks and trails — keeping a responsible distance — but please refrain from using the playground equipment.

OPEN: Parks and Trails
CLOSED: Playgrounds

This is a great opportunity to get creative and teach your kids some new skills. Teach them about running, safely using bikes and scooters, exploring nature, etc. Go on a family jog together. Create a nature scavenger hunt. Use the attached map of our Oak Cliff trails to get started.

HIGH FIVE to the 20+ incredible volunteers from Precision Corp for all the help AGAIN this year beautifying the Japanese...
12/13/2019

HIGH FIVE to the 20+ incredible volunteers from Precision Corp for all the help AGAIN this year beautifying the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park at yesterday morning's Friends of Oak Cliff Park work day.

We adore our return corporate work day community volunteers!

Volunteers cleaned up, trimmed plants in garden beds, mulched, watered new trees and planted 5 more flowering cherry trees, an evergreen spruce tree and added another crabapple tree to the garden's long-time surviving flowering crabapple trees.

THANK YOU PRECISION CORP!

Oak Cliff bicyclists! > great Dallas Park and Rec initiative @ Eloise Lundy Park in East Oak Cliff in March.
12/10/2019

Oak Cliff bicyclists! > great Dallas Park and Rec initiative @ Eloise Lundy Park in East Oak Cliff in March.

Dallas Park and Recreation Department is working with the Dallas cycling community to continue to grow Dallas as a bicycle-friendly city! Be a part of the excitement as we designate several recreation centers as official Rest, Ride and Repair Stations - places where cyclists can stop along the trail to rest, perform bicycle maintenance, and get information on cycling in Dallas. Join us at a community meeting Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Eloise Lundy Recreation Center, 1228 Reverend CBT Smith St., Dallas 75203.

HIGH FIVE to the Texas Trees Foundation, volunteers from Crow Holdings and the Dallas Park Department for the volunteer ...
12/06/2019

HIGH FIVE to the Texas Trees Foundation, volunteers from Crow Holdings and the Dallas Park Department for the volunteer tree planting work day today in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park.

Almost 20 new mature trees were added to the public green space today including dogwoods, pines, magnolias, smoke trees, loquats and vitex trees.

Come join Friends of Oak Cliff Parks next week on Thursday, December 12th from 9 to 11am, when we add 6 more cherry trees to the terraced area, 1 crabapple and 1 Alberta spruce.

The Japanese Garden is really going to be something come spring time. To date, over 60 new flowering and evergreen trees have been added to the Japanese Garden in the last two years. Thank you to all the volunteers!

#texastreefoundation #crowholdings #dallasparksandrecreationdepartment #friendsofoakcliffparks

Great fall colors happening now in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. Plus winter geese and ducks are back in the...
12/03/2019

Great fall colors happening now in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. Plus winter geese and ducks are back in the lake.

Also we have two volunteer work days coming up this month with Friends of Oak Cliff Parks: tree planting this Friday, December 6th, starting at 9am and also next week, Thursday December 12th, from 9am to 11am, for more tree planting and general clean up and mulching. Come join us as we care for our community green space together.

www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org to volunteer and/or donate

👊🏼 High Five to these guys from the Dallas Parks Department and Texas Trees Foundation for meeting in REALLY freezing te...
11/12/2019

👊🏼 High Five to these guys from the Dallas Parks Department and Texas Trees Foundation for meeting in REALLY freezing temps this morning to pick out spots for 15 more trees in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. These new trees--dogwoods, pines, redbuds, loquats, and magnolias--will add to the other 46 new trees our group, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, has added to this cherished Dallas public green space over the last two years. 🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

#friendsofoakcliffparks #dallasparksandrec #texastreesfoundation #trees #japanesegardenatkiddspringspark

5000 bulb planting project by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks under way at Founders Park in Oak Cliff. HIGH FIVE to our volun...
10/29/2019

5000 bulb planting project by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks under way at Founders Park in Oak Cliff. HIGH FIVE to our volunteers!

Thank you volunteers! On the 26th of this month, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks planted 635 spring and summer blooming bulbs on the hillside at Founders Park. The planting, which was part of a 5 year project to plant 5000 bulbs at the park, ran smoothly with the recent rain making the rocky soil much easier to dig. This coming Saturday we will be helping with the City of Dallas Brach out Dallas Program handing out trees to citizens who have preregistered for a tree. We are working at the Kimble High School site from 9 to 12. We are still in need of volunteers to hand out trees.

Consider a donation today on North Texas Giving Day to our non-profit, all-volunteer organization Friends of Oak Cliff P...
09/19/2019
Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Consider a donation today on North Texas Giving Day to our non-profit, all-volunteer organization Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, dedicated to improving public green spaces in southern Dallas!

To maintain and restore horticulture in five of the historic parks of Oak Cliff, being Lake Cliff Park, Kidd Springs Park, Kiest Memorial Gardens, Kiest Park Conservation Area and Founders Park. To provide educational and social activities that promote gardening, conservation and a greater appreciat...

Great article on the work our non-profit, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, is doing in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Pa...
09/01/2019
The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks does so much more than gardening

Great article on the work our non-profit, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, is doing in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park and other public city green spaces in southern Dallas.

And also some background on FOCP board member Cynthia Mulcahy's discovery of the oldest work of public art in Dallas--now officially part of the City of Dallas Public Art Collection.

Photo by Danny Fulgencio avid Klempin and Nola Rae Smith started the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks in 2002 because City of Dallas budget cuts had left many neighborhood parks in disrepair, particularly in the southern sector, for years. The gardening

Sign up now for free trees from the City of Dallas Branch Out tree program! Great city initiative.
08/29/2019
City of Dallas revives highly popular free-tree program to residents

Sign up now for free trees from the City of Dallas Branch Out tree program! Great city initiative.

Dallas' popular free tree giveaway is back. Called Branch Out Dallas, it returns in time to coincide with Texas Arbor Day, on Saturday, November 2. Which is actually one day ...

High Five to all the generous volunteers this weekend who helped us water and mulch newly planted trees and beautify the...
07/29/2019

High Five to all the generous volunteers this weekend who helped us water and mulch newly planted trees and beautify the public green space's garden beds. What a great bunch of folks helping in their community.

Our next volunteer work day in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park is Saturday morning, August 24th, from 8:30 to 10:30am. More details at www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org under the volunteer calendar. Come join us!

Snaps from the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 today for the new aquatics center at Kidd Springs Park. Go check it out ...
06/11/2019

Snaps from the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 today for the new aquatics center at Kidd Springs Park.

Go check it out and PLEASE THANK District 1 councilmember Scott Griggs, Dallas Park Board member Barbara Barbee, neighborhood advocates, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, and registered Dallas VOTERS who VOTED for this wonderful new neighborhood amenity in the 2017 city bond election!

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday morning for our volunteer work day in the Japanese Garden. Those t...
06/04/2019

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on Saturday morning for our volunteer work day in the Japanese Garden. Those that joined included Dallas County Master Naturalists, Boy Scouts, area neighbors and members of Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

In addition to weeding and mulching the garden beds overlooking the lake, we also planted three new Pinus Eldarica aka Afghan Pines gifted to us from the Texas Trees Foundation. These pine trees are recommended by the folks at Water University at the Dallas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension research facility as great pine trees for our area.

Thank you to all our volunteers. We could not accomplish beautifying our public green spaces without you!

Volunteer Work Day tomorrow morning in the Japanese Garden! Consider joining us to beautify YOUR public green space.Frie...
05/31/2019
Welcome to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Volunteer Work Day tomorrow morning in the Japanese Garden! Consider joining us to beautify YOUR public green space.

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks is hosting a volunteer work day tomorrow morning in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Spring Park. Come anytime between 9 and 11am. We provide all the tools, water and snacks. We'll be trimming new growth on the trunks of the 45 new trees FOCP has planted in the last year, weeding and mulching garden beds. Would love to see YOU!

More info can be found on our website: www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org

 to provide educational and social activities that promote the love of gardening, to advocate for conservation and a greater appreciation of the environment,

Happy National Arbor Day 2019! Over the last several years, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks--using money raised by our non-pr...
04/26/2019

Happy National Arbor Day 2019! Over the last several years, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks--using money raised by our non-profit--has hired arborists to care for and assess the old-growth trees in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park including the public green space's rare Red Pines, Japanese Black Pines and Ginkgo trees. We've also added over 40 new trees to the Japanese Garden in the last year alone. Plans are also currently underway to establish a "Tree Walk" with botanical signage that will identify all the trees in the public garden as well as the major donors who are funding this endeavor.

If you'd like to help our all-volunteer nonprofit's efforts, please visit www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org to volunteer and/or make a donation. Thank you to all our supporters! We simply could not do this work without our volunteers and donors.

Come visit our Friends of Oak Cliff Parks booth at EarthX 2019, taking place today through Sunday at historic Fair Park ...
04/26/2019
Attend - EarthX 2019

Come visit our Friends of Oak Cliff Parks booth at EarthX 2019, taking place today through Sunday at historic Fair Park in Dallas!

Help create a more sustainable world. Check out EarthX. Then join in the fun, spread the word to others, and show your support for a cleaner, more sustainable world in any way you can.

HIGH FIVE to volunteers from downtown Dallas Arts District firm KPMG! Yesterday's corporate work day in the Japanese Gar...
04/24/2019

HIGH FIVE to volunteers from downtown Dallas Arts District firm KPMG! Yesterday's corporate work day in the Japanese Garden was KPMG's third year in a row and we are so grateful for their sustained commitment to helping Friends of Oak Cliff Parks beautify this particular public green space every year. We planted two more gorgeous Thunderhead Japanese Black Pines just in time for today's rains and cleaned up and mulched many garden beds. The Japanese Garden is looking mighty fine! THANK YOU, KPMG.

Happy Earth Day! Snaps of the public gardens of Lake Cliff Park, one of five City of Dallas public green spaces that our...
04/22/2019

Happy Earth Day! Snaps of the public gardens of Lake Cliff Park, one of five City of Dallas public green spaces that our all-volunteer nonprofit, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, helps to maintain.

We got a lot of help the past two months from downtown Dallas firm Hunt Consolidated, Inc. and Oak Cliff's own Methodist Dallas Medical Center, both of which generously brought their employees for corporate work days in Lake Cliff Park to help clean up garden beds and plant new flowers. HIGH FIVE to these companies and their volunteer employees!

Want to sponsor your own company work day or volunteer individually or donate some green? Please go to www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org

HIGH FIVE to volunteers from downtown Dallas firm Hunt Consolidated! These generous folks lent their time last Friday af...
04/17/2019

HIGH FIVE to volunteers from downtown Dallas firm Hunt Consolidated!

These generous folks lent their time last Friday afternoon to help our organization, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, clean up and plant new flowers in the public gardens of Lake Cliff Park, one of five public green spaces we maintain in the southern sector of Dallas.

If your company would like to host a volunteer corporate work day, please contact us at www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org. A gracious thank you to Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Help us continue to beautify OUR city!

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Wildflower Walk this Sunday. Free event!
04/06/2019

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Wildflower Walk this Sunday. Free event!

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

FOCP Wildflower Walk Sunday April 7, 2019 1:30 - 2:30

Join us for a walk through the native prairie meadow at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is former Master Naturalist, respected guest speaker on native plants and Studio Outside’s in-house horticultural expert, landscape architect Brian Halsell. The conservation area is an 88 acre tract of land with an island of native Texas prairie. Over 150 wildflower species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum seven years ago. While you’re there, visit the newly opened mile long Meadow Loop Trail. Everyone is invited to attend, and there is no charge. Closed toed shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the intersection of Hampton Rd. and Keist Blvd. Park next to the kiosk.

Website: friendsofoakcliffparks.org
Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the tennis center within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead you will need to go another quarter mile to the intersection of Hampton Rd and Kiest Blvd and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park by the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

When: Sunday, April 7, 2018

Time: 1:30 - 2:30

Where: Kiest Conservation Area
2179 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas, TX 75224

Guide: Brian Halsell

Today in the Japanese Garden, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks volunteers planted 10 more new trees including three Weeping Yo...
04/03/2019

Today in the Japanese Garden, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks volunteers planted 10 more new trees including three Weeping Yoshino and five Kwanzan Cherry trees, one Weeping Arizona Cypress and one Redbud. This brings the total to 42 new trees planted in 2018 and 2019 by our nonprofit organization.

www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org

While hand-watering new trees in the Japanese Garden this weekend, we spotted a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks //...
04/02/2019
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

While hand-watering new trees in the Japanese Garden this weekend, we spotted a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks // Dendrocygna autumnalis // circling Kidd Springs Lake with their distinctive calls to each other (click the audio in the Audubon Field Guide link).

A spectacularly marked, sociable, noisy waterfowl. Often rests on low snags above water, and may perch high in dead trees. In North America found mostly near Mexican border, but has increased in numbers recently, partly because it will use nest boxes put out for it. In some areas (such as coastal Te...

Recent storms with straight-line winds--the powerful storm two weeks ago and another storm a month prior--took out almos...
04/01/2019

Recent storms with straight-line winds--the powerful storm two weeks ago and another storm a month prior--took out almost the entire canopy of evergreen trees in the Japanese Garden along the lake near the dam. The now missing canopy is best illustrated in this 2010 image of snow-covered trees contrasted against recent pics taken of tree stumps and the current view looking down towards the lake.

Nature's removal of mostly mountain cedar has completely opened up this entire end of the garden, so that means it's time to plant some new evergreens to replicate the missing shady coverage.

Last week Friends of Oak Cliff Parks added back in two evergreen trees: a weeping Feelin' Blue Deodar Cedar and a Japanese Black Pine / Pinus thunbergii. On Wednesday of this week, we will add a Thunderhead Black Pine and a weeping variety of an Arizona Cypress.

Want to volunteer or donate a little green towards our all-volunteer nonprofit's efforts to restore horticulture in this public green space? More info at www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org

Spring leaves of the newly planted Vidirus--aka Waterfall--Japanese Maple, a weeping variety that will grow to only six ...
03/29/2019

Spring leaves of the newly planted Vidirus--aka Waterfall--Japanese Maple, a weeping variety that will grow to only six feet tall but will spread out ten feet for a dramatic entrance to YOUR public green space. One of 16 new maple trees in the Japanese Garden, courtesy of Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

Spring season 2019 in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. Images of new growth of the "Saratoga" Ginkgo biloba and...
03/26/2019

Spring season 2019 in the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. Images of new growth of the "Saratoga" Ginkgo biloba and two Japanese Maple varieties, three of over thirty newly planted trees by our all-volunteer nonprofit, Friends of Oak Cliff Parks.

The pink blossoms are of the garden's older Crabapple trees near the Japanese lantern bed, which are in peak bloom this week.

Spring growth of the Seiryu Japanese Maple, known for it's finely cut lace-like leaves that will eventually turn from gr...
03/24/2019

Spring growth of the Seiryu Japanese Maple, known for it's finely cut lace-like leaves that will eventually turn from green to bright red and gold in the fall season. This gorgeous tree is one of 16 new Japanese Maples planted earlier this month by volunteers at a Friends of Oak Cliff Parks work day.

High five to area members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Dallas who generously helped us in the Japanese Garden on March 2nd in the planting of not only Japanese Maples, but also more Gingko biloba trees in anticipation of 2019's spring season. All these trees are now budding out, so it's a great time for a stroll through this cherished public green space.

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The Japanese Garden, originally designed with extensive landscaping and stonework by storied Dallas garden design firm Lambert's and established in the late 1960s, remains a vibrant green space nestled in Kidd Springs Park, a City of Dallas public park. The lush grounds of the Japanese Garden are populated by a magnificent variety of trees that are unique and rare to the Dallas area. These include a rare Shortleaf Pine, several Ginkgo biloba trees (aka Japanese maidenhair trees), and Red and Black Pines. The Dallas public green space also contains towering Deodor Cedars, Windmill Palms, Golden Rain trees and many varieties of Japanese Maples as well as an admirable variety of bamboo species and flowering perennials. Meandering walking trails overlook a two-acre natural spring-fed lake. This cherished public green space also contains a remarkable collection of Japanese antiquities including two 17th century Buddhist sculptures, the oldest public art in the City of Dallas, as well as a magnificent ten-foot tall carved-granite stone lantern originally sent by the Emperor of Japan's government to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago. All of these antiquities were collected by Ethel Buell, an Oklahoma/Texas oil heiress in the Roaring Twenties and Thirties for her 10-acre Japanese garden in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her collection was acquired in 1967 after her death by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and thus was born Dallas' only public Japanese garden in Dallas, officially dedicated in 1971.

A 2016 campaign to rehabilitate the historic Japanese Garden is now underway by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks along with many community partners including the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension/Water University, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, Dallas County Master Gardeners, Kidd Springs Central, Kidd Springs Recreation Center, Edith O'Donnell Institute, Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, and neighborhood park supporters.

Recently over 45 new trees were added in 2018 and 2019 to the Japanese Garden by Friends of Oak Cliff Parks including many evergreen tree varieties such as Arizona Cypress, Feelin’ Blue Deodar Cedar, Thunderhead Black Pine and Blue Atlas Cedar. All of these trees were acquired with funds donated to Friends of Oak Cliff Parks by individual Dallasites. Major donors include Dr. Elba and Domingo Garcia, Laura and Walter Elcock, Ellen and Allyn Fitzsimmons, and John Mark Ellis and Mark Pritchett. *In the park's rec center, pick up a free copy of the broadsheet publication by conceptual artist Cynthia Mulcahy produced for her research-based public art project "Performance as Gesture: Songs for a City Park," which in 2015 uncovered the forgotten history of the Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park. For more information about the Friends of Oak Cliff Park's 2016 rehabilitation campaign, please contact us at www.friendsofoakcliffparks.org. A link to the above mentioned publication is also available on this website.

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I love that park! Thanks for Caring Lib.