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Dallas Examiner | 7/9/2013, 2:48 a.m.

Special to The Dallas Examiner


Mayor Pro-Tem Tennell Atkins joined Oak Cliff residents last week for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new pavilion at College Park, located at 3300 Highland Woods Dr.

In addition to the pavilion, other amenities include a universally inclusive playground, seating and furnishings, connecting sidewalks and improved drainage systems. The development of the renovated pavilion is part of the Park and Recreation Department’s Pavilion Program to replace and build 23 picnic pavilions and shelters throughout the city.

“This is a stellar example of the city’s commitment to enhancing Southern Dallas neighborhoods,” said Gail Terrell, Dallas Park and Recreation Board Member.

Money from the 2003 bond program funded the College Park Pavilion and playground’s $486,000 construction cost.

Dallas Park and Recreation is the fifth largest U.S. park system with 375 parks and 23,000 acres.


Last week, Dallas ISD received a $12,500 grant from Transamerica Life and Protection to help motivate students to read.

Previous donations have supported the purchase of books for elementary and middle school students in conjunction with the Dallas Reads Initiative.

The firm donated $15,000 in posters and books for middle school students and during the 2011-2012 school year donated $10,000 towards the district’s reading initiative.


The Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar will display “The Trinity, Images of a Dallas Treasure,” the winning images from the 2012 Trinity River Photo Contest, until Tuesday. The gallery is located at 1409 S. Lamar St.

A reception was held June 26 to celebrate the traveling show and to give the public a chance to see surprising beauty and glimpses of wildlife all within the Trinity River Corridor.

For more information, visit http://www.trinityriviercorridor.org.


The city has openings to serve on the city board. For information about duties, meeting dates, or to print an application, visit http://www.lancaster-tx.com or call the city secretary’s office at 972-218-1310.