DALLAS — Residents across the District Four community in the city of Dallas have a new place to voice their neighborhood concerns and get information and resources about City services.
Council member Carolyn King Arnold opened her District Four community office inside the Beckley-Saner Recreation Center on Friday. The council member and her staff say the rec center was an ideal location for a community office because it's centrally located in the district.
“People no longer have to worry about fighting to get parking spaces," Arnold said. "They don't have to worry about going through several steps, just to get to me as a council member.”
Council members voted to open community offices in Districts across Dallas. However, a transition in leadership in 2018 and a special election delayed things in District Four.
Arnold said among the issues residents continue to complain to her office about include clean safe communities, quality of life, code compliance, home repair programs and senior services. They are neighborhood concerns business owners like Patricia Williams believe the new community office can quickly address.
"I think that we are going to be able to do business faster than we've been able to do it in the past because we are able to bring our issues and get resolutions a lot faster," Williams said.
Arnold said she and her staff will be using an adjacent multi-purpose room for community training programs and classes. She said the new office space is about convenient access for residents.
“We will be here twice a week," Arnold said. “On Thursdays and Fridays.”
Arnold also believe the new community office will give people a chance to explore more of what city recreation centers have to offer.
The new District Four Community Office is located in Beckley-Saner Recreation Center at 114 W. Hobson Avenue in Dallas. Office hours for the new office are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.