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Get wet & cool down! Dixon Branch Creek Crawl — June 24 Sunday

Get wet & cool down! Dixon Branch Creek Crawl — June 24 Sunday

June 24 Sunday — 1 to 2 pm Meet at Playground Park (Lippit/Sylvania at Sinclair) Escape from the heat in the cool rushing water of Dixon Branch, a significant feeder of White Rock Lake that flows all year. It’s waist-deep in many places, enough for children and dogs to swim. You can even sit on a limestone ledge and feel the bracingly cold water of a flowing seep, just like in the Hill Country. Join our creek crawl in Dixon Branch. The…

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Eastwood Riparian: community day at the Creekmere Greenbelt – June 16 Sat

Eastwood Riparian: community day at the Creekmere Greenbelt – June 16 Sat

Do you enjoy the beauty as you drive down Creekmere? Is walking or biking the greenbelt a part of your routine? Do you patronize Playground Park? Then you need to be a part of Eastwood Riparian! Date: Saturday, 16 June Time: 9 to 11 am Meet at: Playground Park (Lippitt/Sylvania at Sinclair) Greenbelt map Message from Michael Parkey: We have several tasks to accomplish. Access to Bison Beach needs some work prior to the Creek Crawl on 24 June. (I…

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Eastwood Riparian: Park Prep for Easter Egg Hunt + exciting naturalist news!

Eastwood Riparian: Park Prep for Easter Egg Hunt + exciting naturalist news!

Eastwood Riparian just wrapped up a Sunday workday at Playground Park (Lippit/Sylvania at Sinclair), getting it ready for the Easter Egg Hunt on March 25 Sunday, 1 to 2 pm (NEW TIME). We picked up litter, cut any noxious plants we could find and marked places eggs should not be hidden. So we are good to go! After the hunt, enjoy pictures with the Easter Bunny (NEWS!), socializing with refreshments, and games for kids including skeeball, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and hula hoops. Join with Eastwood…

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Arborists’ report on the Peavy landmark tree

Arborists’ report on the Peavy landmark tree

by Amy Martin Eastwood Riparian Committee The landmark tree at Peavy and Lake Highlands, often referred to as the “Indian marker tree,” was visited by two of Dallas’ top arborists after being vandalized. The gist of their reports is: The tree lost around 50% of its canopy. Not much leafage left to support the rest of the tree. But it should be able to make it. The tree has been sinking steadily for the past several years. See photos below….

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Celebrate Earth Day with a Wildflower Walk

Celebrate Earth Day with a Wildflower Walk

by Michael Parkey, ASLA   On Sunday April 23 (the day after Earth Day) at 1 pm we will take our annual Eastwood Wildflower Walk. Do you wonder what all those flowers are, but have never had time to learn their names? Take a short leisurely hike through the meadows and smell the flowers. Of course, we will stop at Eastwood’s famous bluebonnet patch. Do you know how those bluebonnets got there? And why they don’t grow everywhere in the…

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Eastwood Riparian: Fighting fallen trees & poison ivy to clear the trail

Eastwood Riparian: Fighting fallen trees & poison ivy to clear the trail

The Eastwood Riparian Committee convened at the park last Sunday with two tasks: reduce poison ivy along the trail and clear a cedar tree which had fallen to block the trail. Stellar year for poison ivy, especially along the lush Woods & Wildflower and Hidden Meadow Trails. But Eastwood is hosting Michael Parkey’s Wildflower Walk on Sunday April 23, so we had to get the trail ready. ~*~ This mixed ground cover is full of poison ivy! So we killed…

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Citizens save the beloved “Indian marker tree,” but just barely

Citizens save the beloved “Indian marker tree,” but just barely

by Amy Martin Oh no! Not again! Not that tree, not our tree, our beloved “Indian marker tree,” our landmark, our friend. The landmark leaning tree on Peavy just past Lake Highlands in the Dixon Branch greenbelt.  For decades Eastlake residents have taken family pictures perched on the tree’s horizontal trunk. People picnic there. Small children adore it; after all, it’s at their level. Photo by Velpeau E Hawes Jr. And now it’s almost all gone. Remaining photos by Amy…

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