Winfrey Point parking will be allowed near Dallas Arboretum

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by SHON GABLES and BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 4:11 PM

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Should the Dallas Arboretum use the Blackland Prairie for a parking lot?

DALLAS -  A Dallas state district judge accepted the deal that partially dissolves the temporary restraining order against visitors of the Dallas Arboretum from parking on a large grassy field known as Winfrey Point has been lifted.

The battle began last month over the land near Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. That is when the Park Board approved a special event parking plan for the Arboretum, but kept White Rock residents in the dark.

However, residents fought back, filed a lawsuit and won a temporary restraining order, making their mission public on a website.

City documents revealed a consultants proposal to turn Winfrey Point into a two-story permanent parking garage that would include 1,500 paved parking spaces where kids now play baseball. Regardless if the parking plans are temporary or permanent, many resident have voiced their opposition, claiming the city lacked transparency and the project is harming a natural habitat.

Protesters are prepared to up the ante and protest outside the Arboretum Saturday, which is the same day the Arboretum is expecting huge crowds for the highly anticipated Dale Chihuly exhibit.

News 8 has been told the wildflowers blooming on Winfrey Point may be mowed down immediately. the city will not be allowed to proceed to build any permanent parking such as a lot or garage.

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