A new dispute over parking is in the news. The Dallas Arboretum is proposing to allow parking on the "blackland prairie" near Winfrey Point during the upcoming Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Arboretum (May 5-November 5, 2012).
Opponents to this plan have filed an application for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction in Dallas County District Court today, attempting to stop the Arboretum from parking cars at Winfrey Point.
There's seems to be no doubt that the Arboretum is going to need many more parking spaces (perhaps 1900 more spaces). This is not just a temporary need. The number of daily visitors to the Arboretum is expected to rise when the new Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden opens in a year.
But it isn't clear whether the Arboretum can grab some park land in White Rock Lake Park and either build a parking lot or allow Arboretum visitors to "park on the grass." After all, the "grass" in question has been the subject of a restoration effort dating back more than ten years, and soaking up a substantial amount of federal grant money.
According to the filing for theÂ restraining order, the arboretum plans to build three lots at Winfrey Point to accommodate 400 cars. The suit says parking will cause damage to the wildlife, create the threat of harm to children in the area and bring noise and traffic which will permanently alter the nature and character of the area.
An article at Lakewood BubbleLife quotes Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society Inc., as saying the 120 parking spaces at Winfrey Point are already inadequate to handle to demand from folks who come to Winfrey point to use the ballfields, the cycling trails, and the city-owned rental facility. She says some of those folks have already resorted to parking in the surrounding neighborhood.
A hearing has been set for May 14, 2012.
Ken Lampton, RE/MAX About Dallas
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