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Welcome a new neighbor!

We’d like to welcome a new neighbor to our block, Lisa Benskin! Lisa has finally moved into her yellow and green Turner Ave house after purchasing the corner home over 3 years ago. A couple of renters occupied the home, including most recently, Lynn Blackburn and Chamblee Ferguson, who recently closed on a new home on Kessler Parkway. We will miss them and wish them the best!
Stop by and meet Lisa at her home to welcome her to the neighborhood!
Also, Gilbert, who lived on Winston in the second to last house closest to N Polk St, moved to Austin and moved his mother in a couple of months ago.


From pop up dog park back to dump

Final Update 4:07 pm 07-27-11: As of earlier today, the litter has been removed from the lot and a code enforcement officer has been assigned to monitor the area for any signs of future dumping.  The wheels at city hall aren’t as squeaky as you might think when our Councilman and his reps are as responsive to these types of issues as ours is here in District 3.  I was told 30 -45 days between mowing cycles.  That’s twice the amount of time allotted for the MOWmentum program, but something tells me they don’t enforce that if the city can’t keep up it’s mowing obligations.  Our response will be to adopt more of the land so as to remove the burden from the city.  If we all do our small part, we can help in big ways!  Thanks Steve Schenck and the rest of the city staffers!

Update #2 4:45pm:  I received a call from Councilman Scott Griggs’ office representative a few minutes ago to find out more about our situation.  Very happy to know he is responding to the citizenry’s needs.  Hope to have the litter picked up soon and looking forward to getting more consistent mowing from the city.

Update #1 11:15 am:  The site has been mowed as of 11:00 am this morning; 07/26/2011.  Not sure by whom, but most likely a private citizen as we’ve asked before when mowing crews have been at this lot.  The litter is still there and a 311 request has been made to pick it up.  We’ll see how long it takes for the city to respond.  I’ve been told it’s usually pretty quick when it comes to litter.

Also, I want to clarify what is meant by the “city needs to be a consistent partner”.  We need consistent mowing in this corridor.  According to the MOWmentum program guidelines, we’re to make sure mowing is done at least every 14 days.  Sometimes, these other lots don’t get mowed until 311 is call, which can be 28 to 35 days between mows.  In that time, grass easily exceeds 12″ in length and the litter keeps coming back!  If the city requires us to do this, we require the same from the city.

In only a matter of two months can a city owned vacant lot go from a novel pop up dog park back to being a dumping ground for the lowliest people’s trash. Dumping has always plagued this area of N Polk St from Canty to Kings Highway. That’s why we started the N Polk St Beautification project to clean it up to give it purpose.
We made an agreement with the city to adopt the land, starting with one at 620 Turner Ave, and bring purpose back to it. We’ve accomplished that goal and are making plans for the next piece, but the city needs to be a consistent partner in this revival. The picture below shows what that pop up dog park looks like this evening.


OOCCL supports the N. Polk St Beautification Project….once again!

Kings Highway Conservation District recently was awarded $3,685 towards the N. Polk St Beautification Project.  This funding helps to pay for irrigation and water meter installation to keep the landscaping healthy year round.

Jonathan Braddick, Vice President of the Kings Highway Conservation District, said the league was the project’s catalyst.  “In 2010, OOCCL helped to fund the landscape design work for the N. Polk St/Turner-Winston triangles, and this year’s grant will help to pay for the installation of the first of many phases to come along the corridor.  We are so appreciative of their supporting us for this project,”  Braddick said.  “It means the world to us as a neighborhood.  We’re so fortunate to have the league and their ongoing efforts to enhance our neighborhood, in particular the N. Polk St. corridor.”

Plant Theft at N Polk St Beautification Project

Last night, after the remainder of our mulch had just been put into place, a plant theif stole 3 brand new Knock Out roses out of the ground. These were newly planted two weeks ago by neighbors and friends of the project.

We knew we were taking a risk putting landscaping in, however with this project being so visible along a major street we figured people would have to be pretty desperate to do something as steel from the community.

Our hope is that they are recovered or a donor is willing to help us replace the $75 we’ve lost. Any information one may have please email


Phase I is City Approved, Garden Team members needed!

The first of several phases has been approved for the greening of the corridor of N. Polk St between Canty St and Kings Highway, or better known as the N. Polk St Beautification Project!

Gilbert Aguilar, Director of the Department of Street Services of the City of Dallas as granted our group, Turner Winston Block, the right to “adopt” the 620 Turner Ave public property.

Our next steps are to install a water meter, prepare the bedding for plantings, install irrigation, and then the plants.  If you missed last weeks public meeting about this project, go to the project page for more information!

Sign up to volunteer to be on Kings Highway’s Garden Team here!  We need a dedicated group of passionate individuals willing to be apart of a permanent Garden Team to help plant and maintain this project’s green spaces for years to come.  If you have a talent or are just interested in giving your time to help, please submit your information

N. Polk St Beautification Project Public Meeting

On March 10th at 6:00 pm at the Kessler Theatre, a public presentation on the N. Polk St Beautification Project will be held.  All residents are encouraged to come out and see the design plans for the first phase of the project slated to break ground this spring.  RSVP


The Kings Highway Conservation District, the first conservation district of its kind in the City of Dallas and in Texas, is hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, April 2, 2011 to raise funds for the N. Polk Street Beautification Project. This project has identified publicly owned green spaces along the N. Polk St corridor between Canty and Kings Highway for a master planned beautification project.  Landscaping designs are being developed through neighborhood input, which include native and adaptive plantings and irrigation with water conservation as a key component.

Funds raised through the silent auction will be used to implement the first phase of this project.  They will contribute to installing a water meter and irrigation system, acquiring materials, and bed preparation.  Installation will be done primarily from neighborhood volunteers.

The following are the design options currently being reviewed:

N. Polk St at Turner Ave Option A

N.Polk St at Turner Ave Option B

Rolling Power Outages and Garbage/Recycling Service

From the City of Dallas….


Councilmembers, we continue to have more than 60 sanding trucks on our streets.  Love Field now has one runway open.  Oncor has initiated rolling brownouts around the State to conserve power.  Your neighborhoods most likely will be impacted.  Oncor states the outages should last from 15 to 45 minutes.  They do not know when this will be suspended.


Council members, in response to hazardous traffic conditions caused by the winter storm, The City of Dallas Sanitation Services Department is modifying its garbage and recycling collection schedule for the remainder of this week. Dallas garbage customers will have their materials collected on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Thursday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday if necessary
  • Friday garbage customers will have their garbage picked up on Friday and Saturday

Residents should place their garbage carts out for service on their normal collection day and leave them out until City crews collect the materials. No citations will be issued for carts left out past the normal collection day.

Operationally, the regular garbage collection drivers will work their regular shifts.  As it will not be possible to complete their routes within the shift, the recycling drivers will assume responsibility for the regular garbage routes after the first drivers complete their shift.


Brush collection will not be affected.

I will continue to update as I get more information.  (Sorry for not posting weather info yesterday; I was having website issues.  My site may be up and down over the next few days as we do some technical updates, but I’ll do my best to keep you posted on weather issues.)

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