Breaking Ground on the Stone Tables Renovation

Breaking Ground on the Stone Tables Renovation

White Rock Lake Conservancy and City of Dallas

Break Ground on Stone Tables Renovation 

DALLAS – The Dallas Park & Recreation board will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Stone Tables Restoration project on Monday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Stone Tables site at Buckner Boulevard and Lake Highlands Drive.

The ceremony will include the presentation of a check to the City of Dallas from the White Rock Lake Conservancy to finance the renovation project. Along with a team of volunteer architects and builders, the Conservancy and the Park and Recreation Department have created a master plan for the renovation.

Phase I of the project will include the removal and replacement of the existing pavilion floor with a new concrete and flagstone slab in the same style as the existing stone work. A concrete base and flagstone border walk also will be installed around the pavilion, as well as a similar pathway to the parking area. The current composition roof will be replaced with a standing seam metal roof.

In addition, any damaged roof decking, structural beams and masonry will be repaired. The electrical and lighting system will be updated, the stone work pressure-washed, the water fountain will be updated, and the woodwork will get a fresh coat of paint.

About the Stone Tables: The City of Dallas built the Stone Tables and Pavilion in 1931, and the site holds the distinction of being the lake’s first picnic grounds. A few years after the pavilion and tables were built, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was established at White Rock as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The young men of the CCC made more improvements to the picnic area, including the addition of a lily pond to the natural spring area, tree-planting, and construction of the restroom facilities. Over the years, necessary updates have been made to the area, and a playground was added in the 1990s.

About White Rock Lake Conservancy: The Conservancy was founded in 2008 by a group of park enthusiasts at the request of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The mission of the Conservancy is to enhance the identity, beauty and safety of White Rock Lake in partnership with Dallas Park and Recreation and other neighborhood and lake volunteer groups; support the improvement of the hike and bike trails, buildings and park areas; and coordinate with other organizations with similar objectives.

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