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Friends of Bachman Lake Newsletter - February 2022

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” — Henry David Thoreau

 

We had a good run of successes in 2021, even going through another year of the pandemic and lots of moving parts around our area. Here's a short video review of some of the things you helped make happen!



 

The airport will be using some of the protected area at the end of one if its runways for a neighborhood park for the community. Thanks to all your voices, #GiveMeGreen is becoming more than a slogan. Read more about how this came about and why we need to keep asking for more.



 

We believe it is time for you to write a letter to your City Council representative asking for Love Field to conduct a Part 150 study. The representatives associated with Bachman Lake (D2, D6 and D13) are all members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and are well positioned to advocate this issue for the community.


What is Part 150? It is legislation that defines how to measure noise impacts and the output of the study would show the noise contours / impacts on surrounding communities. It would not cost the city anything financially to conduct the study (it is covered from federal dollars). However, by having the data from the study, the City could open the door for federal dollars to help with noise mitigation for schools, residences and business.

 

We love the Bachman and Grauwlyer Libraries and are calling all cookie and book lovers to help with this yummy fundraiser!


Throughout January and February Empire Baking Co is baking and selling Karen Blumenthal's Cornflake Cookies, with 50% of sales going to Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Karen was a brilliant journalist, author, library advocate – and baker. She would be thrilled to know that her famous Cornflake Cookies continue to be a force for good. So stop by Empire's two locations - 5614 East University Boulevard and 5450 West Lovers Lane. Your inner cookie monster will thank you.

 

Love Field held its quarterly Good Neighbor Program meeting on January 18. The session reviewed some of the projects that the airport is working on, including the loop trail, improvements to park land on Lemmon Avenue and the addition of a neighborhood park on some unused land on Northwest Highway. Oh, and the runway reconstruction is taking longer than planned so that means additional aircraft noise for many residents will continue. View the session and get caught up.

 

On January 12th, Dallas approved more than $3M in incentives to attract Ford self-driving vehicle facility to the Bachman Area. The project is expected to create at least 250 full-time jobs, half of which would have to be for residents of Dallas in order for the company to receive the full tax and grant funding benefits of the proposal. The other two finalist cities are in California. The location outlined in the city proposal is a plot of land just west of Dallas Love Field airport at 2335 Burbank St.


As part of the agreement, Ford would make its “best efforts” to build an autonomous vehicle training program with Dallas College and the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The program may include internships or other workforce training programs as decided by both Dallas College and Ford. The agreement would also seek to have Ford create training programs for high school students with Dallas ISD and Richardson ISD.

 

After the extreme weather events in recent years, trees in North Texas are having a rough time. Currently, 86% of Texas is under drought conditions, while North Texas is suffering from "severe drought". Lack of water leads to a weakened immune systems in trees and higher susceptibility to disease and insects. Remember that newly-planted trees will need watering more often!


Sprinkler systems are not sufficient for watering trees. Do a 'slow soak' every 7 to 10 days:

  • Place the hose 1-2 feet from the root flare

  • Run water at a volume enough to spread, but not so much as to puddle or stream away

  • Move hose throughout entire canopy area, ensuring complete coverage

  • Remember to let the ground dry between waterings to avoid over-watering

 

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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