Park Project Begins in Lake Highlands

Lake Highlands
The Park at Forest-Audelia | Image by Better Block/Facebook

The City of Dallas is developing a more than $7 million multi-purpose park in the Lake Highlands area.

The Dallas Park & Recreation Department (DPRD) is spearheading the $7.5 million project, which will include a neighborhood park with a playground, a basketball court, and a futsal court.

In addition, a multi-purpose center will provide space for a cultural and recreation center, a library, a police station, and a boxing gym, Community Impact reported.

The development project, aptly named “The Park at Forest-Audelia,” is expected to revitalize and invigorate the area with a host of new resources, according to Christina Turner-Noteware, assistant director for DPRD.

The multi-purpose project is being developed at 9759 Forest Ln. in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas, along the intersection of Forest Lane and Audelia Road.

Currently, the neighborhood is in a “depressed area” with very few amenities, according to Turner-Noteware, per Community Impact. In general, the City’s intention with the multimillion-dollar project is to “activate” the neighborhood and to provide new amenities and resources for the community, she explained.

The $7.5 million project has received multiple sources of financing, including funds from the Skillman Corridor TIF District, taxpayer funds from DPRD, and taxpayer money from the City’s ​American Rescue Plan Act Neighborhood Revitalization program, among others, Community Impact reported.

The park project will be developed in three phases, with an expected completion date between 2024 and 2025, according to Turner-Noteware.

Phase 1 of the development began in April and included the demolition of an existing building to make way for the multi-purpose project. Phase 2, which will consist of the construction of the park and playground area, is expected to start in May and will take approximately eight months to complete. Phase 3 will reportedly focus on improvements and renovations to the center.

The project stems from a 2021 partnership between the nonprofit Better Block Foundation and DPRD. The initiative was intended to introduce a variety of amenities to promote “safety and vibrancy” throughout the Lake Highlands neighborhood.

In the end, the resulting “pop-up park” was “very successful” and ultimately served as the launching pad for the future Park at Forest and Audelia, according to Turner-Noteware.

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