Current Project

Stone Tables Restoration and Renovation

The Stone Tables Pavilion and Picnic Area serves tens of thousands of Dallas area residents a year.

One of the most popular open air rental facilities for the City of Dallas, the playground, pavilion and picnic tables serve as a meeting place for local running groups, youth birthday parties, reunions, holiday celebrations and much more. One of a handful of melting pots, White Rock Lake is as an idyllic and free place to socialize. Hispanic, African American, Anglo and other ethnic populations of Dallas ranging in ages from 0 to 100+ enjoy the amazing view and outdoor spaces at the Stone Tables Pavilion and Picnic area.

In 2012, the Board of Directors of the White Rock Lake Conservancy agreed to take on the renovation and restoration of the historic and very popular Stone Tables Pavilion and Picnic area for the Parks and Recreation Department as identified in the Top 10 projects. Volunteer architects and planners developed a renovation plan and worked with the City of Dallas to fulfill this goal.

The White Rock Lake Conservancy raised private donations and paid the City of Dallas $113,957 in January of 2015 to cover the entire cost of the renovation of the Pavilion and surrounding pathways. This phase of the project was completed in 2015. In 2017, the Conservancy gave the City of Dallas $15,000 for the Park & Recreation department to restore two of the original stone tables which gave us a better idea of the cost and scope of renovation of each table and lead to an updated landscape plan for the area. In 2019 the pavilion renovation received the Preservation Dallas Achievement Awards honoring Dallas’ outstanding residential and commercial historic preservation projects.

Today the Conservancy continues to work with the City of Dallas Park & Rec Department to finish the restoration project of the entire area. Funds have been raised for the restoration of the stone tables and the surrounding grounds with new grills, stone trash enclosures and improved drainage to the area and construction begins mid-September 2020. The materials from the old tables will be gone through and everything that is usable will be salvaged for recreating new tables. The materials used to make the original benches were everything from stone and granite to marble remanants and was different at each table. The contractor hired for the project is very familiar with historic preservation and much discussion and thought went into how to best restore these benches and tables within a realistic budget. The 2017 bond match of $250,000 will cover the cost of the renovation of the historic restroom, new ADA parking and pathway to the restroom. Construction on the restroom phase will begin in October 2020. Both should be complete in the spring of 2021.

The final phase of the project, the restored lily pond, is in need of funds. If you are interested in this project, please contact White Rock Lake Conservancy Director, Jennifer Hoesterey.

The original plans of the Lily Pond at the Stone Tables show the natural stream feeding the lily pond, which runs under a stone bridge. The bridge and lily pond were constructed by members of the CCC, as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, in 1931 and are both in need of restoration. Along with the Lily Pond the men of the CCC also built a restroom facility with craftsmanship like we don’t often see in public areas. Artist Henry Potter of Potter Art Metal Studios designed natural scenes for the windows in the building. The stone structure will be repurposed as a comfort station for park patrons. The wood soffit boards are rotting and need to be replaced along with the mortar and masonry in some areas of the structure. In addition to restoring the building there will be two ADA parking spots added close to the restroom with an ADA pathway to the building. The only ADA accessible restroom in the park!

Support This Project

The entire project will cost $1,000,000 to complete and will bring much needed beautification to this area of White Rock Lake Park. Please help us preserve this historic area in White Rock Lake Park.

Pave the Way

Our Pave the Way campaign provides an opportunity for individuals, families, corporations and organizations to support the lake while creating a lasting legacy on pavers that will permanently fill the plaza at the spillway. We are now in Phase IV. Bricks are laid once or twice a year but we can notify the recipient at any time if a gift has been given in their name.

Key Accomplishments

Celebration White Rock

Heading into its 7th year, Celebration White Rock is a 5k/10K race and block party benefiting White Rock Lake. Celebration White Rock brings together runners and lake-lovers from across Dallas and beyond for a fun evening of food, music, competition and celebration! The 6th annual Celebration White Rock was held on April 4, 2019 and hit record attendance and fundraising levels, raising over $70,000 in proceeds that will go directly to improvements at White Rock Lake. To date, Celebration White Rock has raised over $277,000, all of which goes toward supporting our mission. Mark your calendars for April 2, 2020 for the next event!

WRLC Supports Dallas Police

In partnership with a local couple with a special connection to the lake, The Conservancy was proud to donate eight bicycles and riding gear to the Dallas Police Bicycle Unit.

2011 White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration

WRLC organized 5 events and managed the infrastructure for the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration raising over $1million in in-kind and outright gifts for the Lake