The Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League (LHJWL) is hosting a Clean Up Day for the park around the LH North Recreation Center on April 4. The project is called FTLOLH, “For The Love Of Lake Highlands,” with props to For The Love Of The Lake. LHJWL president Sarah Walne Hefton says it’s part service/part social, and she hopes the entire community will get involved.
“The City of Dallas, the Exchange Club, and the Women’s League have partnered with us to make a significant financial investment in the park already,” she told me. “Now we’ll add the manpower to keep the park looking nice.”
She and mom Joan Walne, a member of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, convinced Herb’s Auto Paint and Body to provide the grilled hot dogs (at no charge) to volunteers afterward – not a hard sell since owner, Alan Walne, is Sarah’s dad and a dedicated former city councilman. The city has agreed to provide workers and equipment, and the high school will give students credit for pitching in. Various homeowners associations, boy scout troops, and other organizations have participated in prior cleanups and are invited to contribute.
The LHJWL’s next project will be to build a picnic area and shade structure on the Fieldcrest side of the park. They’re hoping a partnership with the city and proceeds from their April 25 “Run for the Highlands” will provide the funding.