The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks (FOCP), a garden
club started in 2002, works in four historic parks in Oak Cliff; Kidd Springs,
Kiest, Lake Cliff and Oak Cliff Founders Parks. This committed group of
volunteers donates over 2000 hours a year on both new and restorative
horticultural and structural projects.
Recently the organization earned eight awards by
District X Garden Clubs Inc. for projects completed in 2017. District X covers
8 counties in the Greater Dallas area and represents over 50 garden clubs. Four
of the awards were for projects completed at Founders Park just south of
downtown; two for projects at the Kiest Conservation Area and two for the FOCP
website and Facebook page.
The first award winning project at Oak Cliff
Founders Park included the planting of a mixed spring bulb floral bed,
over fifty yards long and twenty yards wide with over 2500 spring bulbs
including multiple varieties of daffodils, hyacinths, dutch iris and crocus.
The second project was a nectar bed planted in
an abandoned in-ground swimming pool at Lake Cliff Tower. The bed was planted
with both pink and purple Mexican petunias and roses.
organization’s efforts at Kiest Conservation Area was awarded for the opening
of the Meadow Loop Trail, clear-cutting a four foot wide mile path, hauling
brush, bench cutting, the installation of eight bluebird houses, two owl boxes,
and permanent bilingual signage. This award winning project was funded in part
by a $10,000 grow south grant awarded to FOCP in 2016.
awards were announced Mid-April at the State Convention in Fort Worth, site of
the State of Texas Garden Club headquarters. At the state level FOCP received 6
first place awards and 1 second place award for club projects. Advancing
projects that won were the swimming pool conversion, winning the May Duff
Walters Achievement Award (1st place), the spring bulb planting which won both
the Kellog Civic Achievement Award (1st place) and the Community
Beautification Award (2nd place), the Nature Trail Award for outdoor
trail work and docent signage at the Conservation Area (1st place), the Bird
Protection Award for the installation of the ten bird houses at the
conservation area (1st place), and a first place for both the FOCP website and
achievement was the selection of the Friends of Oak Cliff Parks Garden Club as
the State of Texas Green Garden Club of the year. This award, the highest state
award a garden club can receive, was the perfect culmination to a year of hard