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Mission Statement

For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) is an enthusiastic, energetic group of Volunteers dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis.

Description

For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) is an enthusiastic, energetic group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. Since its inception in 1995, thousands of grass-roots volunteers have participated in a variety of ways . . . from picking up litter and recyclables, to assisting in building renovations at the park, to helping with the White Rock Marathons and other local events. With over $600,000 in contributions from the community (including $114,000 through grants co-written with Dallas Park and Recreation Department)...


  • More than 550 attractive, covered trash receptacles with recycling capabilities
  • 22 freeze-proof, handicap accessible drinking fountains along jogging trails
  • 2 White Rock Lake lit information marquees surrounded by stonework and landscaping
  • 32 benches with bike racks
  • The White Rock Workout Centers at Sunset Bay and T.P. Hill
  • 5 bicycles for Park Police Patrol
  • T.P. Hill "Going Places" Playground
  • CCC bronze Statue at Sunset Bay
  • 24 up-beat anti-litter messages throughout the park
  • Scooter for Park Department maintenance
  • 8 "Cool Spray" for runners/walkers/cyclists
  • Stonework on the Spillway bridge abutments
  • 8 benches, 4 picnic tables, & 2 drinking fountains for the White Rock Lake Dog Park

Some of the projects implemented by For the Love of the Lake, working in partnership with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department:
  • Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up of White Rock Lake since 1996. For over 100 consecutive months, thousands of Volunteers have picked up hundreds of tons of litter and recyclables.
  • Co-wrote 3 grants with Dallas Park Dept. and Keep Dallas Beautiful resulting in $114,000 from TNRCC/NCTCOG to implement recycling and continue
  • litter abatement
  • Created Adopt-A-Can project for individuals and businesses to sponsor litter & recycling receptacles
  • Sponsored "Stash Your Trash" to build & install 450 litter & recycling receptacles
  • Coordination of 44 Adopt-A-Shoreline groups around and beyond White Rock Lake
  • Painted murals in 6 pairs of restrooms depicting scenes from White Rock Lake
  • Built and restored information kiosks that are updated monthly
  • Organized "Tours de Baths": Grand Opening and Restroom Ribbon Cutting
  • Organized "Painting in the Park" to paint buildings throughout the park
  • Sanded and repainted 360+ foot railing along Garland Road
  • Refinished hardwood floors in
  • Dreyfuss Club
  • Underwrote the White Rock Lake Museum at the Bath House Cultural Center
  • Created duck mascot "Litter-free Louie" and his companion Chuck to educate about keeping the lake clean
  • Sponsored "Rock for the Rock" benefit at Smirnoff Music Centre 8 years in a row
  • Sponsored "Roofing at the Rock" in partnership with the Cross Country Club of Dallas to reroof Sunset Bay building and with DPARD to re-roof Big Thicket
  • Sponsored "Windsurf White Rock" and "Watersports at White Rock" benefit with The North Texas Windriders
  • Created "White Rock 'n' Roll Run" with
  • The Cross Country Club of Dallas to benefit lake
  • Sponsored "John McCutcheon Concert to Benefit White Rock Lake" five times


Proclamations from Dallas Mayor Ronald Kirk, acting Mayor Mary Poss, Mayor Laura Miller and the Dallas City Council:
  • "For the Love of the Lake" Day - 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001
  • "Recycle at the Rock" Day - September 13, 1997
  • "Workout at White Rock" Day - June 6, 1998
  • "Bake for the Lake" Day - September 20, 1998 and September 26, 1999
  • "CCC Company 2896" Day - October 18, 2003
  • "White Rock Lake Museum " Day - September 18, 2004

Other Awards and Recognition:
  • Special Recognition for Restroom Mural Painters - January, 1996
  • Special Recognition and Appreciation- Dallas Park Board - Dec. 1996
  • Special Recognition for White Rock Lake Dredging Project - Dec. 1998
  • Certificate of Appreciation at Annual Trash Bash - City of Dallas and Park Board 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
  • Keep Dallas Beautiful's 1996 and 1998 Award for Environmental Excellence
  • Keep Dallas Beautiful's 1997 Ebby Halliday Award
  • 1997 Advocate Award from the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate Magazine
  • White Rock Half Marathon Best Aid Station - 1997, 1998, 1999
  • Dallas County Corporate Recycling Council 1998, 2000, 2001, and 2004 EnvironmentalVision Award
  • Texas Corporate Recycling Council 1998, 2000, and 2001 Environmental Vision Award
  • Certificate of Honor from TNRCC and Governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry Finalist in Texas Environmental Excellence Award - 1999, 2001
  • JC Penney "Golden Rule" Award recognized by President Bill Clinton - 2000
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman Pete Sessions - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
  • Certificate of Honor from TNRCC and Governor Rick Perry
  • Finalist in Texas Environmental Excellence Award - June 2001
  • Shaklee Community Caretaker Award - 2001
  • Brawny Corporation "Brawny Brigade" award chosen by MayorLaura Miller - 2002
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition from Congressman Jeb Hensarling - 2003, 2005
  • REI Stewards for the Environment Award - 2003
  • Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence in Communication Award - 2003

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http://www.whiterocklake.org

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