Winfrey Point. Photo courtesy of Google Maps.

The White Rock Lake Foundation is raising funds to restore, repair and refresh Winfrey Point.

About $400,000 must be raised to renovate the 2,500-square-foot building overlooking White Rock Lake. The White Rock Lake Foundation has requested matching funds from the City, but they plan to complete the project even if funding is not approved.

The foundation has already received approval from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the White Rock Lake Task Force, and board members met with park staff to discuss desired improvements — such as interior and exterior paint, roofing and flooring — and associated costs.

Another improvement spearheaded by the foundation is the installation of 11 directional signs around the lake. These signs will show park users the distances between points on the trail, as well as a map of the area. Over $25,000 has already been raised to fund this project.

In 2018, The Advocate reported that the foundation had wanted to renovate the historic building and add directional signs, which are similar to the ones along the Santa Fe Trail.

“We’re not trying to clutter up the park,” Ted Ellis, a longtime member of the White Rock Lake Foundation, said at the March meeting of the White Rock Lake Task Force. “We’re just trying to make it a little bit safer and a little bit more usable.”

Of the 11 signs, four are larger, and seven are smaller. Click here to see a rendering of the large signs, which are about 6 feet tall.

Since its creation in 1989, the White Rock Lake Foundation has raised millions of dollars to benefit White Rock Lake Park through initiatives including the development of the Master Plan rendering, architectural stone abutments to the pedestrian bridge at the main park entrance and shade structures at the Winfrey Point ball fields.

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