Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Concerned Council Will Derail Long-Planned WPA Pergola Redo
|Courtesy the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League|
|The WPA pergola as it looked in 1945 ...|
|Courtesy the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks|
|... and as it looked in 2003, after the structure had fallen down.|
"All this work, money and in-kind donations have been used to restore the parks and some of the historic WPA structures," she writes in a letter to the council. "We consider that these seven years of effort have more than fulfilled our part of the partnership. Now we call on the City of Dallas to honor your commitment to the restoration of the historic Kiest WPA Pergola, which was the crowning jewel of Kiest Memorial Garden for decades."
The Friends are trying to finish the pergola so it can finally apply to put the entirety of the Kiest Memorial Garden on the National Register of Historic Places. A Friend of Unfair Park who's been involved with the restoration puts it like this: "Neglect by the city allowed the pergola to fall down. Now, ward politics may keep this project from being completed." I'd call Neumann for comment, but he never returned my last call.