News Flash

Urban Biologist

Posted on: March 24, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation has sprung into spring

Wildflower Area

As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.

As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.

“My division is primarily responsible for the daily maintenance of parkland, trails and park amenities and we’ve been very busy preparing for spring,” said Oscar Carmona, Dallas Park and Recreation Assistant Director. “Every year Mother Nature adds new color to our parks and we use that opportunity to put our best foot forward, so that residents have the best experience while visiting our parks and trails.”

Spring preparations began as early as February and you’ve probably noticed here recently that we’ve started mowing our parks again. Our mowing season began earlier this month so your neighborhood park will be getting its first cut of the year if it hasn’t already.

“Grass is dormant during the winter months requiring less maintenance,” Carmona said. “Dallas parks are mowed on a 7 or 14 day cycle from March 1 to November 30.”

The mowing schedule only affects maintained areas within the parks. Our wildflower areas are maintained less frequently and are mowed once a year for seed dispersal.

“We are starting to see some wildflowers at our designated wildflower areas now,” said Brett Johnson, Dallas Park and Recreation Urban Biologist. “It’s hard to call a specific timeline on each flower but I’ve seen hyacinths in bloom around White Rock Lake.”

Bluebonnets should peak around April 15. Indian paintbrush, take over in May and June, and Engelmann’s Daisy, Maximillian sunflower, Black-eyed Susan really start popping out mid-May through June.

“Our wildflower areas are a great park amenity and the perfect backdrop for a picnic, a family photo, and Easter egg hunt,” said Carmona. “We ask our residents to come out and enjoy them and to help us preserve them by treating them with care.”

Please see a shortlist of parks with wildflower areas below:

Southeast Dallas
Gateway—2500 N. Jim Miller Rd
Rainforest--10600 Lake June Rd
Crawford Memorial—8700 Elam Rd (North End, near Elam Rd)
Everglade—5100 Jim Miller

Northeast Dallas
Kiowa Parkway—1500 Woodbriar
Harry Moss Park—8000 Greenville

White Rock Lake area
Flagpole Hill—8015 Doran Circle
Norbuck—200 North Buckner Blvd
Dixon Branch—Peavy Rd. along Dixon Branch Creek

Southwest Dallas
Fox Hollow—8490 Winecup
Kessler Parkway—1821 Kessler Parkway
Kiest Tennis Center—3080 S. Hampton Rd. (south of Hampton)
Glendale—1515 E. Ledbetter Dr.
Arden Terrace—1200 E. Pentagon Parkway

Northwest Dallas
Grauwyler—7500 Harry Hines Blvd.
Emma Carter—4100 Pluto
Bachman—3500 Northwest Highway

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