After the past two weeks of freeze-in-place weather, this week’s beautiful weather is more than a welcome relief. It’s also the perfect time to get outdoors to tend gardens and check out the damages of this past winter.
And it appears that Saturday morning may be a bit cloudy for the 23rd anniversary of the annual Reverchon Roundup. But you just know those weather forecasters love to exaggerate what’s to come. Chances are it’s gonna still be great to be out doing some good with temperatures in the low 70s.
So, Scottish Rite for Children and Friends of Reverchon Park, Dallas Park and Recreation Department, Arborilogical Services Inc. and the Dallas Police Department are partnering to clean up one of Dallas’ oldest parks — Reverchon Park. Community friends, area neighbors and volunteers can help “clear out trash, spread mulch, remove underbrush, prune and plant in the Iris Garden and level sand in the volleyball court.”
If you haven’t been to Reverchon Park, it’s one of Dallas’ gems in the Uptown/Turtle Creek area with its majestic trees and acreage. Established in 1914, the 41+ acre park was known in the old days as Raccoon Springs and then Woodchuck Hill. When the Dallas Park and Recreation Department took the property over, the recreation center was built in 1974 and named after the noted French botanist Julien Reverchon (1837-1905). During the final ten years of his life, Reverchon was professor of botany at Dallas’ Baylor University College of Medicine and Pharmacy
Today the Park provides loads of activities throughout the property with its center, tennis and outdoor basketball courts, baseball field, playground and trails.
If you’re one of the team making the Park all better for spring activities, you are advised to wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes, as well as to bring along gloves, rakes and any available small hand tools. It might wise to also slather on your sunscreen and wear your favorite sunglasses.
The day’s activities will include the following schedule:
- 9:30 to 10 a.m. — Registration in front of the Reverchon Park Recreation Center, breakfast and orientation in front of Iris Garden and a Zumba warm-up
- 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — The cleanup gets underway
- 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Picnic lunch to celebrate the day’s accomplishments
Free parking is available at Scottish Rite for Children just a block up Maple Avenue.
Interested? Then register here. If you have questions, contact Scottish Rite’s Volunteer Services at 214.559.7825.
* Graphic courtesy of Scottish Rite For Children