Neighborhood News

  • Thursday, June 17, 2021 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    July 3, Saturday at 9 AM

    Dress in your most patriotic outfit and join us for Eastwood's annual 4th of July Parade and Cookout!

    This year's event will be Saturday, July 3rd. Meet at the park at 9:00am to join in the parade (or lend your support by cheering from your porch!). Then be sure to stick around for a neighborhood block party from 10:00- noon, complete with a water slide bounce house, snow cones, face painting, and yard games.

    Please contact ENA Social Chair Lauren Yates if you want to create a float or provide music for the parade or can help at the picnic afterward: 803.414.6857.

    Checkout the Facebook event for more information: https://fb.me/e/XiGuXEmh  

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood Neighborhood Association: State of the Neighborhood

    May 20 Thursday at 7 pm

    Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85301944414?pwd=ak9uUGtYQnNRdk5FVVZCQ3JuQWwyQT09

    At the ENA spring State of the Neighborhood meeting, we will hear reports on efforts to curtail speeding and excess traffic on our streets, our playground renaissance, July 4th parade, and Volunteers in Patrol. Then our speaker, Janet Smith, on How to Attract Butterflies & Hummingbirds.

    Janet Smith, a popular presenter Texas Master Gardeners and Old Lake Highlands resident, is speaking to Eastwood on how bringing these “flying flowers” to your yard and creating your own nature channel. If you have enough nectar-rich plants in your gardens, butterflies will find it. But to attract and keep butterflies in your garden, you have to be willing to feed their offspring. How to make butterflies at home in your garden with puddles for drinking and cooling off, logs for shelter, host plants for laying eggs, and, of course, flowers for nectar.

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cori Robarge, the new ENA playground chair, is looking to improve our park to make it suitable for all age groups. She wants your input! Share thoughts here. 

    A broken swing seat in the playground has now been repaired. 

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    by Michael Parkey, Riparian Committee Chair

    The first act of the 2021 wildflower performance is almost over.  The stars are taking their final bow; bluebonnets and wild foxglove, also called prairie penstemon. They are still showy, but look quickly.

    Second act performers are already on stage. Leading is Engelmann’s or cut-leaf daisy. These two-foot yellow flowers will continue blooming well into Act 3. Their antagonist (on the color wheel at least) is mealy blue sage with spikes of sky-blue to dark blue. Greenthread is easy to tell from Engelmann’s daisy, it is shorter with black centers in its yellow flowers. Supporting actors include blue flax and pink evening primrose. If you look in the woods there are lavender wild petunias (Ruellia) and shrubby rough-leaf dogwood. Its tiny flowers are miniatures of the better-known flowering dogwood.  What they lack in size they compensate with sheer numbers.

    Act 3 is usually a show stopper, but I’m not going to give it away.

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Northeast Dallas Police Department next Volunteer in Patrol (VIP) class will be held (Saturday) May 22nd at 9:00am to 1:00pm. The applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday May 19th. Northeast has over 1000 VIPs and is growing strong. 

    Download your application here. To submit your application, scan and email it to Senior Corporal Kelley or mail/drop it off at the Northeast Dallas Police Department station located at 9915 East Northwest Highway, Dallas TX 75238. 

    Please email Senior Corporal Kelley or call 214-670-7772 for more information. An email will be sent out with the online instructions after your background check has been completed.

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Michael Parkey of Eastwood Riparian designed the landscape for the restoration of the Warren Ferris Cemetery that was one of Preservation Dallas’s Preservation Project Winners for 2021. He leads a tour of the cemetery turned forested Monarch way station in Forest Hills on the first Saturday of every month. Friends of Warren Ferris Cemetery website

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A horrible person used a string trimmer to cut paths through our main  bluebonnet patch on Creekmere. Most likely for a professional "wildflower session" photo shoot for which the photographer was well paid. Over one-tenth of the patch has been destroyed! Those were bluebonnets that now our neighborhood will not have the joy of seeing.

    This bluebonnet patch did not arise here naturally. It took hundreds of hours of manpower by Eastwood Riparian volunteers. Volunteers! The ground had to be cleared and prepared, seed had to be purchased and planted. There was weeding and watering. And when the patch did not produce sufficient flowers, we spread decomposed granite, which is hard and heavy work, purchased seed and planted again.

    We want our residents and neighbors to enjoy these beautiful bluebonnets and capture them in photos for memory. But please do so respectfully, passing between the flowers when possible and walking gently on the flowers when you must. Please minimize the flower crushing by kneeling rather than sitting. Do not spread blankets on the flowers. 

    Creekmere residents and walkers! If you see anyone damaging wildflowers in the greenbelt, contact ENA immediately by calling (469) 688-5386. Since it was likely  done by a professional photographer they will probably return. We want to know their names. 

    This act of wanton vandalism by a profiteer also prevented seed production that would ensure next year's display. This entitled jerk also littered the park with the leftover trimmer string. The perpetrator is nothing but a common thief stealing joy from our neighborhood. 

    Destruction of wildflowers by arrogant, inconsiderate photographers who care only about getting their perfect shot is a national problem, destroying wildflowers in many parks and preserves. Texas Parks & Wildlife article details this vandalism trend.

    Donations to Eastwood Riparian to show your appreciation and repair this damage will be gratefully accepted. Donate here

  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 6:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood Riparian gathered today to spread a second mulch pile provided by Dallas Parks & Recreation. Amy, Francis, Jan, and Scooter got down on mulching Playground Park's ornamental grasses and younger trees. 

    A maple planted in the park in memory of Rona Dahlgreen. It was relocated from her yard after she was killed. We miss her. 

    Scooter Smith gets to work on the big mulch pile.

    First we mulched the new trees planted behind the playground.  

    More little trees. The blank mulched spot is from where the [ark department cut down an old ailing tree and ground the stump. 

    Amy removed the saplings and poison ivy growing in the ornamental grasses. Here's before. 

    Here's after. 

    Still life with wheelbarrow and rake.  

    Near the end of the pile. 

    Afterward we examined how our sapling survivors were doing. Still rather iffy, but a few are doing very well. A volunteer catalpa was fun to find. Chickasaw plums are small but strong. Best news: lots and lots of frostweed and rosinweed, two big showing wildflowers. 

    Like what we do? https://eastwooddallas.org/Become an Eastwood Neighborhood Association member.  Better yet, volunteer for Eastwood Riparian. Get on the list for workdays by emailing Michael Parkey

  • Saturday, April 03, 2021 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few years ago, a large chinkapin oak came down on the edge of Playground Park. It is Dallas Parks & Recreation policy to leave fallen trees if not blocking activities. The decaying trees provide superb food and habitat for birds and wildlife before decomposing fully. 

    Eastwood Riparian used the brushy cover to provide protection for young saplings that arose from acorn, pecan, black walnut and Eve's necklace masts (acorns, pecans, berries, etc) that we tossed there. Due to work and health issues among the riparian group, the invasive privet got ahead of us. 

    An Eastwood resident convinced the park department (via the park board rep) to remove the fallen tree, but did not notify the neighborhood association so that Eastwood Riparian could mark the saplings and share their concerns first. Her issue, which was shared by the park department, was blocked views of the park, especially the picnic table (though many users liked the privacy). But because of faulty communication, in the process all our saplings and wildflowers growing there were leveled.

    Neighborhood associations are not allowed to plant trees in park land unless an automatic watering system is also installed, a very expensive project we can not afford. So tossing mast and hoping for the best is all we can do. Yet the young trees by the entry garden were all started this way. Done with care it can work. 

    Eastwood Riparian had an on-site discussion with park folks and a city forester, gathering many good ideas from them and setting up clear lines of communication. We came away from the meeting with great confidence in the plans and deeply appreciative for their time and consideration. They even returned and took out a few more sizeable invasives! 

    Thanks to a suggestion from the city forester, a load of mulch was deposited to help repair the soil damaged by heavy equipment. Volunteers from Eastwood Riparian gathered this Saturday morning to identify the sapling and wildflower survivors and spread the mulch around them. 

    The big load of mulch, before. Very lumpy and not fully spread. But the partial spread by the park department sure was helpful. So we got to work finishing. 

    Michael, leader of Eastwood Riparian, points out plants to save and where the mulch should be spread.   

    An American elm comes back from a stump. 

    Francis gets to work. 

    Claudia hard at work with a smile. 

    One of several young chinkapin oaks coming back, probably children of the original tree.

    Wayne working with Michael while Sally, tied to the tree, supervises. 

    An elderberry bush arises. It will make a sizeable shrub with beautiful white flowers and purple berries. 

    Scooter, in beige cap, in discussion with others while Wayne gets down on the mulch. 

    The finished spread out mulch. 

    Our proud crew: Wayne, Scooter, Michael, Claudia and Francis. 

    The green flags mark where we found sapling survivors. We also discovered and marked quite a bit of frostweed and rosinweed, two tall spectacular native wildflowers. We'd scattered the seed a couple years ago, but they're coming back from their roots. 

    Eastwood Riparian will monitor the patch over the summer for privet and poison ivy growing back. We'll re-evaluate this fall and touch base with the park folks and forester. They'll be doing their usual monitoring as well. Within 10 years it will be a fine little forest, bringing much needed young trees to Playground Park. 

  • Monday, March 29, 2021 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Eastwood is looking for people to join our CERT team—take the training and jump in! 

    Dallas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is free and emphasizes accountability for yourself, your family, and your community by stressing the importance of personal preparedness and accountability. The CERT program teaches our volunteer members about disaster preparedness for hazards that affect our area and conducts training in basic disaster response skills (fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations).

    Our next CERT Basic Training class is scheduled to start at the end of April, and consists of Friday evening/Saturday morning sessions for two weeks in a row:

    • Fri, April 30 -- 6pm - 9pm
    • Sat, May 1 -- 9am - 12pm
    • Sat, May 1 -- 9am - 12pm
    • Fri, May 7 -- 6pm - 9pm
    • Sat, May 8 -- 9am - 12pm

    Applicants may sign up here: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1645667112

    Dallas CERT training schedule and info: https://dallascityhall.com/departments/officeemergencymanagement/Pages/CERT-Training.aspx

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