| News |

Before Belo Garden, Soil Remediation

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Said the city's own time line back in '07, the Belo Garden downtown should have been completed by ... let's see ... last month, matter of fact. And revised guesstimates last summer set the start date for construction at this summer. But there have been myriad reasons for the delay on the park that'll be paid for by Belo Corp., the Belo Foundation, Robert and Maureen Decherd and City Hall, chief among them the presence of tainted soil beneath the 1.5 acre parking lot bound by Main Street, S. Griffin Boulevard and Commerce Street.

Wrote Dave Levinthal in August '08, "the soil is contaminated with lead from a fire in the late 19th century." So, then, how to solve the problem and get crackin' on creating the "rich and diverse respite from the urban environment, offering perennial gardens and shaded groves that take their cue from the regional Texas landscape"? Brownfields Cleanup Grants, per the Park and Rec Board's meeting agenda today. The city will ask the Environmental Protection Agency and the North Central Texas Council of Governments for $200,000 apiece to deal with site remediation for Belo Garden. Because, as we mentioned last month, the city's hot to get moving on its downtown parks; and Belo Garden is included, along with the Pacific Plaza Park that's also still a parking lot, in the Dallas Downtown Parks Master Plan. Course, way back then it was called "Griffin Street Park."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.