Monday, November 8, 2010
White Rock’s centennial birthday to be celebrated with 100 days of events
Real Estate maven Ebby Halliday, who turns 100 next year, is honorary chair.
By Flickr user Brian Koeller
DALLAS The White Rock Lake Centennial Committee today announced a 100-day celebration to mark White Rock Lake’s 100th birthday. Celebrating the lake’s rich history, the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration, 100 and Rockin’, will involve more than 25 non-profit organizations with activities planned for 100 days, starting March 19, 2011 and concluding on June 26, 2011.
Real Estate maven Ebby Halliday, who turns 100 next year, is honorary chair. “I am honored that my birthday is being associated with this exciting milestone,” said the former Dallas Park and Recreation Board member. “White Rock Lake is a city treasure and the events surrounding its centennial will benefit the lake and our community for years to come.”
Events will be held at various locations, including the Dallas Arboretum; activities will run the gamut from Family Fun Weekends and an online photo contest; to sailing and rowing regattas; a fishing tournament; Centennial run; wooden boat show; Neiman Marcus Fashion Event; finale picnic and concert; and more.
“This celebration will bring more awareness to one of Dallas’ premier parks,” said District 9 Councilmember Sheffie Kadane. “White Rock is one of Dallas’ jewels and is enjoyed by residents from every neighborhood and from every area of our city.”
Proceeds from Centennial events will fund capital projects and improvements as identified by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. A special fund under the Dallas Parks Foundation has been set up and will be administered by the Dallas Foundation. “Partnering and sponsorship opportunities are available to individuals and businesses interested in helping us preserve one of our most precious resources,” said Event Co-chair Reena Morris. “We are now actively seeking donations to meet our fund raising goal of $300,000.”
About White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake, completed in 1911, is a 1,015 acre city lake centrally located at 8300 East Lawther Drive. After its function as a water source was supplanted, White Rock Lake continued to serve as a recreational lake for the city of Dallas. From its earliest days, area residents used it to get away from home-constructed cabins on leased property along its shoreline. Today, White Rock Lake offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including hike and bike trail, sailing, Audubon Society-designated bird watching area and wetlands site, numerous scenic picnic areas, rental facilities and fishing piers, as well as special events and the Bath House Cultural Center. This urban oasis is enjoyed by more than 2 million visitors a year.
Source: City of Dallas
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