City of Dallas, White Rock Lake Conservancy Break Ground on Stone Tables Renovation
To kick off the new year, the pavilion at the Stone Tables at White Rock Lake is going to receive a total makeover.
The Dallas Park and Recreation board and the White Rock Lake Conservancy hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Phase 1 of the Stone Tables renovation project on Jan. 5 at the Stone Tables site at Buckner Boulevard and Lake Highlands Drive. The groundbreaking was attended by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, District 9 Councilmember Sheffie Kadane, Dallas Park and Recreation board members Willis Winters and Gerry Worral, Conservancy President Mark Hoesterey, and a host of lake supporters.
Phase I of the project began on Jan. 6 and should take around 60 days to complete. It includes removal of the existing pavilion floor and the placement of a new concrete and flagstone slab in the same style as the existing stone work. A new concrete base and flagstone border walk 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, existing damage will be repaired, and the electrical and lighting system will be updated.
At the groundbreaking, Hoesterey presented a check to Mayor Rawlings to cover the costs of the project.
“This is the perfect example of an effective private-public partnership,” Hoesterey said. “The Stone Tables are a landmark, and it’s in the entire community’s interest to give it a much-needed facelift so that it can be around for our great-grandchildren to enjoy.”
The Stone Tables picnic area is the most popular rental facility around the lake and is currently booked for the next two years. The City of Dallas built the Stone Tables and pavilion in 1931 as the lake’s first picnic grounds. A few years later, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp was established at White Rock as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, and the young men made more improvements to the picnic area, which included the addition of a lily pond to the natural spring area, tree-planting, and construction of the restroom facilities. A playground was added in the 1990s.
The Conservancy was founded in 2008 by a group of park enthusiasts at the request of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Its mission 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.
Click here to see the video of the groundbreaking ceremony.