Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks FOCP works to restore and maintain horticulture and more in the historic parks of Oak Cliff. Works to maintain and beautify Kiest, Lake Cliff, Kidd Springs and Founders parks.
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A week ago today and this past Wednesday the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks had work days in the Kiest Conservation Area. Wo...
12/19/2020

A week ago today and this past Wednesday the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks had work days in the Kiest Conservation Area. Work was done in the 6 acre meadow replacing 4 birdhouses and adding one bat house. There are a total of 15 poles that were part of an eagle scout project over ten years ago providing housing for birds. Two years ago, 10 houses were replaced through a generous donation from the Dallas County Master Naturalists. Their donation of 8 bluebird houses and two owl boxes were install by FOCP members and volunteers. This past week, three bluebird houses, one wren house and a bat house were installed on the remaining poles. The other houses were also cleaned at that time. A big thanks to our volunteers for making this project a reality.

FOCP Tree ID Walk When: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area 2179 W. Kiest Blvd. ...
10/22/2020

FOCP Tree ID Walk
When: Sunday, October 25th
Time: 11:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Kiest Conservation Area 2179 W. Kiest Blvd. Dallas 75224 *** Guide: Karen Woodard
For more info contact: [email protected]
Join us for a walk around the native prairie meadow and through the woods at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Karen Woodard, respected guest speaker and city of Dallas arborist/forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science and Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester, with her last assignment being the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. Karen is the City Forester, assisting all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on all things trees. She has 17 years of experience in forestry.
The conservation area is a 79 acre tract of land with a six acre island of native Texas escarpment prairie. Over 150 wildflower and grass species were identified by master naturalist legend Jim Varnum nine years ago. While you’re there, visit the newly opened “Meadow Loop” trail. Everyone is invited and there is NO charge. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Water and insect repellant will be provided. The parking area is in the field at the southeast corner of the Hampton Rd / Kiest Blvd. intersection (roughly 40 yards south of the intersection). Park in the far back right corner of the field, by the kiosk. We will be following Dallas Parks Dept. Guidelines for Covid sponsored events. Please bring your mask. RSVP at friendsofoakcliffparks.org. Go to the more tab at the top left and select contact us. You will get a confirmation through Saturday early evening. Walk-ons welcome up to attendance limit of 10.
***Note: The above address for the Conservation Area is the address for the Kiest Tennis Center, which is within the Conservation Area. Do not park there. Instead, you will need to another quarter of a mile to the intersection of Hampton and Kiest and enter the parking area (off Hampton) at the southeast corner of that intersection. Park at the kiosk. Sponsored by the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks

When: Sunday, October 18th, 2020   two groups, 11 - 12:30 and 12:30 - 2:00. Please reserve a spot using the below info a...
10/16/2020

When: Sunday, October 18th, 2020 two groups, 11 - 12:30 and 12:30 - 2:00. Please reserve a spot using the below info address.
Where: Kiest Conservation Area 2179 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas, TX 75224
Contact: [email protected]
Sponsored by: The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Cost: Cost: Free, please RSVP. Limited slots (walk-ups welcome if there are openings). You will receive a conformation up thru Saturday evening. All docent led walks will conform with Dallas Parks Dept. Covid guidelines. Bring your mask.
Guide: Katie Christman, Master Birder

Join us for a walk through the native prairie meadow at the Kiest Conservation Area in Oak Cliff. Our guide is Katie Christman, respected guest speaker and trail docent with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center since 2014. As an education specialist, Katie focuses on leading school field trips at the Center and leading public programs including kayaking trips, hikes, bird walks and scout groups. Katie is a certified North Central Texas Master Birder and Indian Trail Master Naturalist. Katie has her Bachelors of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, Native American Studies and Biology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and her Masters in Science in Environmental Studies, Environmental Education from Antioch University New England in Keene New Hampshire. Bring your binoculars.

RSVP a spot on the FOCP website. Under the More tab, go to contact us. Alternate - leave a message at: 608-698-3630. Walk-ons welcome up to the max slots.

This Friday, the 9th, the Texas Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tree planting event at Lake Cliff Park from 9 - 12. This...
10/08/2020
Lake Cliff Park Planting - Texas Trees Foundation

This Friday, the 9th, the Texas Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tree planting event at Lake Cliff Park from 9 - 12. This is a great opportunity for you to help increase the tree canopy in one of the most beautiful parks in Dallas. Below is the link to the site :

https://www.texastrees.org/event/lake-cliff-park-planting/

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you like.

Texas Trees Foundation will partner with the Arbor Day Foundation and AT&T to plant 50 trees at the historic Lake Cliff Park in Dallas, Texas

This past Wednesday Friends of Oak Cliff Parks had a workday at Kiest Memorial Garden and were lucky to have eight volun...
10/05/2020

This past Wednesday Friends of Oak Cliff Parks had a workday at Kiest Memorial Garden and were lucky to have eight volunteers. The young men are Mormon missionaries who are doing their outreach in Dallas. They have volunteered on Wednesday mornings throughout the summer, and FOCP are incredibly grateful for all their help. This past Wednesday we planted two possumhaws, A saucer magnolia, a Cherokee dogwood, and two crepe myrtles. We also began removing day lilies from one of the two beds to be replanted as part of the new hibiscus demonstration garden.

We will be giving away day lilies and iris this coming Wednesday (7th, 8:30 - 10:00) and the following Saturday (10th, 8:00 - 10:00). There are roughly 300 of each and they will be going on a first come basis. Bring your shovel and get some free plants.

FOCP Socially Distanced Quarterly MeetingPlease join us for the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Fall Quarterly Meeting on Tue...
09/23/2020

FOCP Socially Distanced Quarterly Meeting

Please join us for the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Fall Quarterly Meeting on Tuesday, September 29th. It will begin at 6:30 and be held at the pergola next to the pineapple fountain at Lake Cliff Park. The program will be on the Lake Cliff Gardens and be provided by our treasurer and Master Gardener John Ellis. It will include both a presentation and a tour of the beds. The beds have never been more beautiful. The garden was the winner of the Master Gardeners Search for Excellence Award this past month. Read the details below:

In August the Texas Master Gardeners Association’s Search for Excellence Awards for 2019 were announced. The Dallas County Master Gardeners Association won First Place in state in the Project Category for “ Beyond Rose Rosette-Lake Cliff Park Abelia Demonstration Garden”. This is a joint project between Friends of Oak Cliff Parks and Dallas County Master Gardeners. The persons responsible for the idea, design, fund raising and obtaining the plants are our FOCP members John Mark Ellis and Mark Pritchett. Methodist Central Hospital provided the funding for this project and sent a team of volunteers to help set it up. We invite everyone to visit Lake Cliff Park to enjoy the beautiful landscaping.

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Plant GiveawayWe are reworking two of the large beds at Kiest Memorial Garden and have plants...
09/21/2020

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Plant Giveaway

We are reworking two of the large beds at Kiest Memorial Garden and have plants to give away to interested gardeners / garden clubs. There are well over 500 iris and 200 day lilies to be removed. These beds will become part of the new Hibiscus Demonstration Garden and will feature Mallow Hibiscus. We have two days where we will be hosting the event: Wednesday, October 7th from 8:30 - 10:00, and Saturday, October 10th from 8:00 - 10:00. All you need to do is bring your shovel and we will show you what is available. If your organization would like to come on alternative date and if we can arrange for one of our members to meet with you at the park, we can schedule removal at other times. The plants will be given away on a first come basis. To arrange for an alternate time go to the friendsofoakcliffparks.org and leave a message (go to the more tab and click on contact us).

Friends Fare Well At State LevelUnfortunately, the spring State Convention for Texas Garden Clubs, which was set to happ...
05/14/2020

Friends Fare Well At State Level

Unfortunately, the spring State Convention for Texas Garden Clubs, which was set to happen in Galveston was cancelled this spring, but garden club winners were announced last week by state vice president of awards Lee Taylor. The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks had 12 awards advance from the district level to state competition and fared well at the state level with many awards. The greatest honor was receiving the Green Garden Club of the year for the state of Texas for the third year in a row! This is a culmination of many people volunteering many hours in the five historic Oak Cliff Parks. Awards announced were for work done in 2019.

State winning awards include (first place awards only):

Backyard wildlife habitat - club member backyard conversion ( enter your yard next year??)
TGC President’s report - a report of club activities for the year
Wildlife preservation award - for work done at Kiest Conservation Area
Community Gardens Service Project - restoration of the Lake Cliff Gardens
Kellogg Civic Achievement Award - daffodil bed at Founders Park
Lucille Droge Mauntel Conservation Award - for work at Kiest Conservation Area
Pollinators Award - for work at Kiest Memorial Garden
May Duff Walters Historic Preservation Award - restoration of Lake Cliff Gardens
Outdoor Classroom/ Nature Trail - docent walks at Kiest Conservation Area
Social Media - page
Website (Professional)
Video/CD/ DVD/FLash Drive Program - member produced power point presentation
State of Texas Green Garden Club of the year

We welcome anyone who would like to join us. Friendsofoakcliffparks.org

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks District X AwardsThough the District X Garden Club Inc. Spring Convention was unfortunately c...
03/30/2020

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks District X Awards

Though the District X Garden Club Inc. Spring Convention was unfortunately cancelled in mid-March, awards for 2019 projects were announced via snail mail later that week. The Friend of Oak Cliff Parks are happy to announce the below project awards. The winners will now advance to the state level, and some possibly to national. These awards were presented in the Green Garden Club Category. Thanks to all participating members and other volunteers.

Social Media Page - 1st place, for the club page

2. Website - 1st place, for the FOCP website (friendsofoakcliffparks.org)

3. Mary Duff Achievement Award for Preservation - 1st place, Restoration and maintenance of the historic gardens at Lake Cliff Park

4. Outdoor Classrooms/Trails - 1sr place, Docent led trail walks through the Kiest Conservation Area

5. Backyard “Wildlife Habitat Award - 1st place, Project to make a garden club backyard more attractive to wildlife using native and adaptive species

6. Kellogg Civic Achievement Award - 1st place, Ongoing project planting and maintaining 5000+ bulbs in Founders Park

7. Community Beautification - 1st place, For work completing phase II of the Lake Cliff Park historic gardens

8. Community Gardens - 1st place, Awarded for most outstanding garden project. This was also for work done at Lake Cliff Park

9. Texas Garden Club President’s Report - 1st place, Award for club presidents year end summary of club activities

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly MeetingJoin us for our spring quarterly meeting. Find out about what’s happening in...
03/07/2020

Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Quarterly Meeting

Join us for our spring quarterly meeting. Find out about what’s happening in our Oak Cliff Gardens, enjoy a great program and light refreshments and maybe win one of the exciting raffle prizes. As always, the event is free to all attending.

Program: The City of Dallas Urban Forestry Master Plan
When: March 31,2020, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Where: Golf Club of Dallas, 2200 W. Red Bird Lane, Dallas 75232 (214-333-3595)
Cost: Free, registration not needed, light refreshments provided
Webpage: friendsofoakcliffparks.org
Program: The City of Dallas Urban Forestry Master Plan

The program will cover information about the Texas Trees Foundation, their research, and what paved the way to doing the first ever urban forestry master plan for the City of Dallas.

Speaker: Zach Wirtz, Texas Trees Foundation

Zach Wirtz is the Urban Forestry Manager for the Texas Trees Foundation, a private nonprofit focused on urban forestry, green infrastructure and sustainable design. The Foundation’s strategic approach is based in research driven data to mitigate the environmental challenges and related public health concerns that trees can alleviate.
Mr. Wirtz’s responsibilities with the Foundation include urban forestry consulting, logistical planning, and tree planting across North Texas. He also works directly with the Texas Trees Foundation’s TreePlotter platform so tree plantings and environmental impacts can be tracked and measured.
Zach holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and a Master of Science degree in Forestry with a focus on Urban Forest Governance from the University of British Columbia. Throughout his career, Zach has worked in a variety of positions within the green industry, including landscaping, arboriculture, and plant healthcare. After completing his master’s degree, Zach moved to Texas to put his education into practice with the Texas Trees Foundation.

Ready to help make Oak Cliff a more beautiful place? Come join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club on one of all ...
12/31/2019

Ready to help make Oak Cliff a more beautiful place? Come join the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club on one of all of our winter work days. Winter months are a busy time in the garden. Please join us for any of the following work days you can attend:

Saturday January 4 Kiest Memorial Garden
Saturday January 11 Lake Cliff Park
Saturday January 18 Japanese Garden at Kidd Springs Park
Saturday January 25 Kiest Park Conservation Area
Saturday February 1 Founders Park

All work days are from 9 to 11 a.m. In the winter, we work if it is 40 (or close to 40) by our start time.

Directions to the parks are on the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks website. We will have hand tools and gloves to lend volunteers. If you have any questions about the work day, please respond to this email and let me know what questions you may have. Ellen will respond to your questions as quickly as possible.
[email protected]

Thanks Methodist Dallas Medical Center for your sponsorship!!

The Oak Cliff Garden Forum and District X Garden Clubs In...
11/06/2019

Thanks Methodist Dallas Medical Center for your sponsorship!!

The Oak Cliff Garden Forum and District X Garden Clubs Inc. are grateful to Oak Cliff’s Methodist Hospital for once again lending their support. Thanks you!! The event is the District X Fall Convention being held tomorrow at Deep Ellum’s Maracas Mexican Cocina. The sponsorship will help both groups further their work in the promotion of gardening in the greater Dallas area. Registration for the event is 8:30 to 9:00 am. Join us for an event with great food, gardening tips, prizes, awards and a great program. Walk-ins are welcome.

We Love Methodist….From high quality medical services to nationally renowned medical education and residency programs, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is a leading healthcare resource in North Texas.

Can You Help ????This Saturday at Lake Cliff Park, Center Living Homes is sponsoring both a clean up of Lake Cliff and a...
11/05/2019

Can You Help ????

This Saturday at Lake Cliff Park, Center Living Homes is sponsoring both a clean up of Lake Cliff and a fishing tournament following the clean up. The clean up begins at 8:30 and runs until 11:30, with a free lunch following. Expertise and tools will be provided courtesy of Groundworks Dallas. The fishing tournament will start at noon until 1:30, with bait provided and prizes for tournament winners. Check out the announcements pictured here for more information.

Another Great Convention SponsorThank you Joe McElroy and Square Foot Realty for your sponsorship of the District X Fall...
11/01/2019

Another Great Convention Sponsor

Thank you Joe McElroy and Square Foot Realty for your sponsorship of the District X Fall Convention. Your kind donation will greatly help further the work of both the Oak Cliff Garden Forum and District X Inc.

Square Foot, Inc., on Eldorado Ave in Oak Cliff, is a full service real estate firm specializing in inner-city redevelopment markets and commercial retail properties in Texas.Established in 2001, Square Foot, Inc. manages over 250,000 square feet of commercial properties, including both office and retail locations. Services provided include asset management, property management, leasing, development, brokerage, investments, tenant and landlord representation, site selection and construction supervision.

Thank you volunteers! On the 26th of this month, the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks planted 635 spring and summer blooming b...
10/29/2019

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.

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PO Box 210124 Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX
75202

General information

The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club (FOCP) was organized in 2002 for the purpose of restoring horticulture in and preserving the historic parks of Oak Cliff. These parks include Kiest Memorial Garden, Founders' Park, Kidd Springs Park, and Lake Cliff Park.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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