Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association (OPENA)
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Mission: The Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association (OPENA) provides a forum and active support group for the residents of both Oak Park Estates and Druid Hills in order to make our neighborhoods a safer, more attractive, and better place to live.
History: Development of Oak Park Estates began in 1954 and Druid Hills in 1955. Druid Hills was developed by A.B. McDaniel and Oak Park Estates was developed by Vernon and James Smith, brothers who were local architects, and developers. Oak Park Estates was marketed simply as “Oak Cliff’s finest neighborhood”.
Today: Oak Park Estates has approximately 570 homes and Druid Hills has about 290 homes. The area is beautifully complimented by rolling terrain, a creek and towering trees. Oak Park Estates and Druid Hills are "hidden treasures" in Dallas and both are within walking distance to Kiest Park, one of Dallas' largest public park facilities. It is only a 10-minute commute to Downtown Dallas, which makes it very convenient to the central business corridor. The area is still one of Oak Cliff’s hidden treasures as Dallas “pocket neighborhoods”.
Date and Time:
Saturday, November 20
1:30 - 3 pm
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church grounds, 1302 W Kiest Blvd, Dallas, TX 75224
Join your neighbors in Oak Park Estates and Druid Hills for an outdoors, hands-on program on how to properly select, plant and care for a tree that will be given by Karen Woodard, City of Dallas Arborist/Forester. You will learn how to select a healthy tree that will do best in your yard and how to properly plant and care for the tree so that is survives and thrives in our urban landscape. We will have twenty free trees to give away on a first come, first serve basis. The tree varieties will include Chinquapin Oak, Burr Oak, Sycamore and Cypress. It will also be an opportunity to socialize with your neighbors in a safe, outdoors setting on the grounds of the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. Karen will plant a young tree on the church grounds to replace an old tree that came down a few years ago. Come and be part of the festive and informative program!
Our instructor on tree selection and planting is Karen Woodard, City of Dallas Arborist and Forester. Karen came to the City of Dallas in 2008 and has degrees in Horticulture, Environmental Science, and a Master of Science in Forestry. She came to the City of Dallas from the Texas Forest Service where she worked as a Regional Urban Forester. Her last assignment was the Hurricane Rita Urban Tree Recovery Project. In her role of City Forester, Karen assists all departments with tree issues and teaches/trains both the City of Dallas personnel and the public on “all things trees”! Karen has twenty (20) years of experience in forestry.
OPENA has new sponsors for 2021. Check out the "Our Sponsors" page and be sure to tell the local business owners you heard about them through the Oak Park Estates Neighborhood Association.
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