Dallas Granted Emergency Hearing on White Rock Lake Wildflower Area

Dallas Arboretum has been using the Winfrey Point parking lots for employee parking, during arboretum construction

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Thursday, May 3, 2012  |  Updated 11:16 PM CDT
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Court Order Blocks Parking Lot in Wildflower Area

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Arboretum Parking Battle Continues

New plans emerged Wednesday which put Dallas Arboretum parking in wildflower areas at White Rock Lake, but neighbors continue to fight to preserve the grassland.

Court Order Blocks Parking Lot in Wildflower Area

Dallas neighbors won a court order blocking the Dallas Arboretum's plans to build a parking lot in a wildflower area at Winfrey Point by White Rock Lake.
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The City of Dallas has been granted an emergency hearing to be held Friday morning in an attempt to lift restrictions on mowing a wildflower prairie grass area at White Rock Lake Park to build a parking lot.

The City and the Dallas Arboretum want the lot for overflow Arboretum parking. The Chihuly exhibit  opens this weekend and is expected to bring big crowds.

Angry residents won the temporary restraining order Tuesday blocking destruction of the wildflower prairie grass areas at Winfrey Point.

The temporary restraining order granted Tuesday blocks construction of new parking areas, but does not necessarily block mowing of wildflowers and parking on grass, according to plaintiff's attorney Robert Cohen.

Supporters of the temporary retraining order plan to protest at the park Friday morning before and during the hearing which is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the 192nd Civil District Court downtown. 

Previous Reports:

Dallas Man Threatens Lawsuit Over Wildflowers
Court Order Blocks Parking Lot Construction at White Rock Lake Wildflower Area
Arboretum Plans Mention Replacing Little League Fields with Parking Structure

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