Most of Lake Highlands’ parkland surrounds its trails, according to Robert Kent, North Texas area director of the Trust for Public Land. Harry S. Moss, Flag Pole Hill, Fair Oaks and Olive Shapiro parks account for the majority of our green space.
Despite having several trails and White Rock Lake in our vicinity, City Council District 10 comprises only 3 percent of Dallas’ 23,464 parkland acres. North Lake Highlands and Vickery Meadow are some of the city’s most prominent “park deserts,” Kent says.
But what Lake Highlands lacks in parkland it makes up for in mature trees, thanks to its well-established residential areas. “Lake Highlands and Lakewood are definitely up there” in terms of green space, says Matt Grubisich, TTF’s director of operations.
Heat islands are indicated in red (Courtesy of TTF.)
In other words, we are sweating less than Northwest or South Dallas, although we shouldn’t congratulate ourselves quite yet. The study also imagined what would happen if Lake Highlands lost 10 percent of its tree canopy. The impact could be dramatic, particularly near I-635, according Grubisich. “We just can’t plant enough trees is what it comes down to,” he says.
The City’s new parkland dedication and tree ordinances could help with that. So could the neighborhood tree huggers who keep an eye out for chainsaws.