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Friends of Bachman Lake Newsletter - January 2022

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

“We all have one thing in common: Happy New Year! It's a clean slate. ” — Eric Thomas

 

Friends of Bachman Lake is very excited about 2022 and starting the year with a great group of volunteer board members. Despite another pandemic year, we were surprised by how much we did accomplish in 2021! Here's a quick video review of our 2021 milestones.


Some of our hopes for 2022 include coordinating more fun events, completing the Bachman Lake nature trails at the greenbelt, partnering with Dallas Parks on an area reforestation plan, and celebrating the completion of the aquatic facility and breaking ground on the skate park.

 

Did you know that the City of Dallas owes our area $250,000 worth of trees? We met this week with the Dallas Parks Department to help them understand the desire for a green corridor extending from the Bachman Greenbelt to the Frasier Dam. We would like to see the city do long term planning for trees and to value the mature trees that we have. The City Arborist is all on-board and along with the City Biologist we will be looking at how the funds can be used to increase the number of native species in the greenbelt and around Frasier Dam. More importantly we are looking to the Dallas Parks Board to modify policy that requires irrigation versus allowing for hand-watering. This policy discourages tree planting by making the cost exorbitant (over $2000/tree).

 


We were so excited when we opened up the newspaper back in October to see multiple articles speaking to the importance of parks for the health of the community. What was even more impressive was that two of the pictures were from our corner of the city: one was of the members of the Dallas Rowing Club practicing on Bachman Lake and the other was of the Frasier Dam Recreational Area. Our neighbor, Wendi Mueller, helped summarize all these articles honing in on NW Dallas. Read it here!




 

With the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, Dallas Love Field's Good Neighbor Program meeting will be virtual. Mark your calendars for 1/18 at 6PM!

Registration is NOT required for the meeting, but neighbors may do so by clicking here. Those who register will be sent the attendance link prior to the meeting and can share it with others. If you do not register, the link will be posted on the aforementioned link.



 

We received an update about the Bachman Lake dredging project a few days ago. The intent is to start work in January 2022 with a slated completion in early 2023. Note that the parking lot next to the Dallas Rowing Club is ground zero for the work and will be closed.


We will be hosting DWU at Neighbors in the Know (our community video chat), on February 2nd at 6PM. Not only do we want to talk about the dam reconstruction, we would also like to know how dredging will impact the fishery, and need to collectively demand that DWU better control the trash coming into the lake from their stormwater outflows along NW Highway. Speaking of stormwater, we'd all like to understand how all this work will mitigate the flooding that was seen last year along Shorecrest.

 

EVENTS


Our monthly plogging event is every 2nd Saturday of the month! Picking up litter while jogging (or walking or cycling) is an easy way to stay healthy and keep the park looking great! Grab a bag, a friend and help make our recreational jewel shine! Check our events list for any changes.












The community has spoken and asked for the Meet and Greet be moved to 5PM. Hey, we're not ones to get in the way of a cold beer! See you for our ‘meeting of the minds’ at Bluffview Growler on the 4th  Wednesday of the month. No RSVP needed.





 

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