The Phase One Improvement construction project has started at Flagpole Hill Park. Work on the park began Feb. 15 and could be finished by Nov. 30 of this year.

The expansion will include a new approach to the flagpole with new steps, two new parking lots and an additional trail. Dallas Parks and Recreation Department included the projected expansion in the 2017 bond program and construction is expected to take 180 days to complete. A construction contract was awarded last year on Aug. 19.

White Rock Lake Task Force posted an image of the proposed plan with more details highlighting the project’s main points.

A 10-foot wide multi-use trail is slated for Lanshire Drive because the main road is a high-traffic area. A six-foot wide, 0.9 mile trail will also loop around the park and connect to the existing 12-foot trail to the south. The pedestrian and bike lane along White Rock Trail will be enhanced with round white or yellow channels along the lanes.

The trails may be either concrete or decomposed granite, according to the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.

A slide has also been proposed to be built into a man-made hill next to the steps of the flagpole monument, but it’s separate from the proposed budget. This is part of a petition by Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League to include twin embankment slides and a no-transfer wheelchair swing.

Park rendering by Dunaway Associates

Above is the most current design from Dunaway Associates, the city’s consultant for the project’s architectural and engineering designs and construction documents, for the expansion. There have been three public meetings for the project in the past, but no further ones are planned.

The estimated cost of the project is approximately $1,117,567.