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Friends of Oak Cliff Parks © All Rights Reserved

Member of both Texas Garden Clubs Inc. and National Garden Clubs Inc.

Site Design by Coke Buchanan



The city of Dallas acquired the 16.11- acre Oak Cliff Founders Park in 1938, as part of the land grant made by Dr. W.W. Samuell in his will.  The will, which was written on a prescription pad, provided for the city to receive all of the doctor's 1700-acree land holdings to "serve as parks and not be sold."  

Rustic and rolling park land surrounds the beautiful Cliff Towers of 1926 and adjoins Lake Cliff Park to the south across West Colorado Blvd.  Founders Plaza was added in 1974 with a memorial plaque listing the "Founders of Oak Cliff."  The plaza offers breathtaking views of the city of Dallas skyline.

In 2003, Mr. Ralph Pinkus donated 50 25-year-old crepe myrtles to the city of Dallas.  The original planting plan of the Plaza, which was lost in the 1980's, was replanted with 32 of these trees.

In October, 2004, In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Oak Cliff Lions Club, the Club Dedicated a Bronze Statue of a Lion at historic Founders Park. A time capsule was set which is scheduled to be opened in 25 years on the 100th anniversary of the Club. The capsule contained memory cards and artifacts from all of those present. FOCP contributed a FOCP T Shirt signed by all of the volunteers who worked to clean the Park that day.

In honor of their efforts at improving the Park, "Friends of Oak Cliff Parks" received a check for $1,500 from the Oak Cliff Lions Club at the Dedication. Two memorial benches were purchased and placed near the lion.FOCP also designed and plated two Butterfly Gardens with large plant donations from Texas Discovery Gardens and Home Depot to showcase the lion statue.  

A new lighting system for the park was completed in 2006. Methodist Health System provided funding for this project. Dallas Park and Recreation Department provided the electrical rough-in wiring and Illuminations by Greenlee installed the fixtures.

The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks conceived and coordinated the lighting project to its completion.



Established 1938

1400 N Zang Blvd - Dallas, TX 75203