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.
Support This ProjectThe entire project will cost $1,000,000 to complete, with more than half of that already raised. This project will bring beautification and restoration to a much used area of White Rock Lake Park. Please help us preserve this historic area in White Rock Lake Park by donating today.
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, done pro bono by MESA Design
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 is well underway, to be completed in April of 2021. The materials from the old tables have been sorted 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 remnants 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 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! The 2017 bond match of $250,000 will cover the cost of the renovation of the historic restroom, new ADA parking, ADA path to the restroom and new lighting. Construction on the restroom phase began March 2021.
The final phase of the project includes restoration of the lily pond to help with drainage in the area, new and improved parking and new lighting throughout the area. The Conservancy is currently working to raise the funds for this final phase, which has naming right opportunities. If you are interested in this project, please contact White Rock Lake Conservancy Director, Jennifer Hoesterey, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support This ProjectThe entire project will cost $1,000,000 to complete, with more than half of that already raised. This project will bring much needed beautification and restoration to a much used area of White Rock Lake Park. Please help us preserve this historic area in White Rock Lake Park by donating today.
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.