Dallas Park Board Doesn't Want You to Email Them, So Here Are Their Email Addresses

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Justin Terveen
If you were to do a power ranking of city of Dallas governmental bodies, the Park Board would come in third, behind the City Council (obviously) and the City Plan Commission, the whims of which can make or break multimillion dollar development deals.

The Park Board's 15 members are appointed by the City Council and the mayor. They're technically responsible for everything parks-related in the city. Is your neighborhood park not getting mowed? Is the playground equipment decapitating children? The Park Board is, under the city charter, responsible for fixing it. Wondering why the city's swimming pools are so terrible? Or the rec centers? That's the Park Board, too. Want to build a parking garage atop/underneath future parkland? Bulldoze Fair Park? Park Board.

The challenge for the average resident is figuring out how to get a hold of their district's Park Board representative. You can try and shoehorn them at their monthly meeting, assuming you can knock off work in the middle of a Thursday, or try and catch them at a public event. If that fails, there's always the option of waiting in the bushes for them to arrive home, although in some neighborhoods this is frowned upon.

Yes, a quick email would be easier, but as The Dallas Morning News' Tom Benning reported last month, some appointees were hesitant to share their contact information for fear that they might actually have to hear from their constituents. They killed (but may ultimately revive) a "Contact Me" feature on the Park Department's new website.

We never liked those impersonal Contact Me forms anyway, so we submitted an open records request for the email addresses of all 15 Park Board members. Thirteen of them (poor, naive souls) agreed to their release. Two -- Lawrence Jones and Jean Milligan -- did not, prompting the city to file a request for an Attorney General's opinion on whether a law protecting public officials' personal phone numbers and home address also applies to emails.

We're still searching for Jones', but Milligan's, ironically enough, is readily available on the web. She's not quite as averse, it seems, to hearing from fellow members of the American Bridge Association as from her constituents.

And so, without further ado, is contact information for your Dallas Park Board. Feel free to introduce yourselves.

Max Wells (President)

District 1
Barbara Barbee

District 2
Jesse Moreno

District 3
Jean F. Milligan

District 4
Matt Houston

District 5
Yolanda F. Williams

District 6
Celina Barajas

District 7
Tiffinni A. Young

District 8
Gail Terrell (Vice President)

District 9
Gerald Worrall III

District 10
Robin Moss Norcross

District 11
Amy W. Monier

District 12
Rodney Schlosser

District 13
Lawrence S. Jones

District 14
Paul Sims

Thanks to an anonymous emailer, this post has been updated with Lawrence Jones' email address.

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ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Those pesky citizens!  What makes them think that we even have to listen to them.

We are City Leaders!

We are Omnipotent!

That's Potent with an Omni in front of it!

(With apologies to Ernestine.)

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The cats have their own email addresses.  They are allotted one hour each on their laptop.  Big Kitty is writing my biography, entitled, "How My Owner Slipped Into The Persona Of Norma Desmond".  I'm not amused at that.  The two Siamese males communicate daily with a Whirling Dervish cult in Turkey; Katniss chairs a Jennifer Lawrence fan club for cats; Miss U has a new pen pal in Myanmar; and Spot is researching feline sex changes.

Anyhoot, it keeps them out of mischief for awhile. 


Wait...so they don't get city e-mail addresses? That's one lazy IT stooge.


I expected more AOL addresses. 


I thought Jones' and Terrell's reticence might be embarrassment at their AOL addresses, but then I realized that by definition, AOL users don't know enough to be embarrassed.

And great job, Unfair Park.


 This appears likely:

Lawrence S. Jones, 214-259-7046 Managing Director ljones@encore.bz


Generally, Dallas City officials do not want to hear from Dallas residents. That is because actual work would be involved.  


Is it that big of a deal to give these people City of Dallas email addresses? If so, then it's not that big of a deal to get a separate gmail account for official park business, like Jesse Moreno did.

This is not complicated: If you serve on the park board, be willing and able to speak to your constituents. 

TheRuddSki topcommenter

Paul Sims has his own domain name, hadda check it out - it leads to his FB page. He's quite an enthusiastic bicycler.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Matt Houston.  I remember the impossibly gorgeous Lee Horsley (from Muleshoe, TX) who starred in that TV series.


Great job Unfair Park! 


@wcvemail I, too, have an AOL email address (among a gmail, yahoo and work email addresses). Had it for 18 years. Simply, everyone knows it and I'm just too lazy to mess with changing it.


@wcvemail  Tell me again why I or anyone else with an AOL email address should be ashamed or embarrassed?

I've had the same email address for 20 years. I guess I'm not sure why it's somehow shameful that just because I started emailing when the free floppy disc came in the mail and a dial-up connection was the only option for folks I'm out-of-the-loop.

Today, people like me are called "early-adopters." Some people like the fact that email addresses like a cell phone number I've had for nearly as long doesn't change.


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The story lines were a bit of a reach, though:

"The Purrfect Crime", aired January 9, 1983--When a cat food mogul is found mauled to death by a domesticated tiger, his four ex-wives retain Matt's services so they can receive proceeds from the will.


@OakParkStudio @wcvemail

There's a lot to be said for the same-number analogy, and here are a couple of attempts at serious answers:

1. It's not news that AOL was designed and deployed as a "walled garden," meaning that AOL decided what to provide users. AOL didn't allow users outside the garden, and essentially said that they were the be-all and end-all of the limitless internet. After about 2000, more and more AOL users had to say repeatedly, "I can't get to that site, I'm an AOL user." One implication was that AOL users were content to be dictated to, and by extension, that AOL users weren't the brightest electrons on the Web. (I'm not insulting you personally, just summarizing some common perceptions based in real design.) 

2. When AOL was in financial limbo in 2009, after being jettisoned by the WaPo, there was an oblivious, uncaring attitude toward the millions of unsecured addresses. I can't find a juicy quote on a quick search, but I remember AOL's own IT folks admitting that data were unprotected, there were no plans to protect data, and what IT leadership was left simply didn't care. AOL's messenger service in particular (AIM) was hacked so repeatedly that those addresses were being sold at fire-sale prices among hackers, as the AOL data was so easy to obtain. So the many spam mails coming from AIM and AOL accounts further cheapened AOL's image.

Serious attempts at serious answers, Oak Park.

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