Archive for October, 2015

Bike to School Friday – October 16th 7:40 AM

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

In celebration of Cyclesomatic 2015, please join iBike Rosemont for an informal bike ride to the Rosemont campuses.
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iBike Rosemont will meet at Kessler Park Baptist Church in the parking lot and will leave as a group at 7:40 am and ride to the upper campus then the lower campus. We ask that all riders be experienced enough to ride without training wheels. iBike Rosemont will have volunteers to help with the ride and parents are welcome to ride as well. Please bring your bike lock if you plan to leave your bike on campus. Bike racks are located at both upper and lower campuses. RSVP here for the ride.

Home Tour Preview V – Premium Home

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2015 at 10:47 am


“Dumptop” is a nickname for the concrete structure rising 3-stories from a West Dallas escarpment inside The Villas at Dilbeck Court. The name was derived during site clearing when it was discovered that the site had once been an illegal dumping ground. Mounds of tires and 10 forty-foot trash containers of concrete were removed before foundation work could commence. Designed for a philanthropist by Dallas architects Booziotis & Company Architects, the 9,000 square-foot home was completed in 2014 and offers spectacular views of the Trinity River corridor and downtown Dallas. Four structural concrete pylons support the three primary living zones while also holding the bulk of the secondary functions. Each living zone is capped with a cantilevered concrete roof. Clad in limestone, the residence evokes a sense of permanence, while expansive areas of glass provide amazing views to the north and east. A floating circular staircase graciously connects the three living levels. 

The residence was designed to LEED for Home standards and has been awarded LEED Silver Certification. Built on what is essentially a brownfield site, the building utilizes captured rainwater to irrigate native plantings on the site. The structural frame uses high fly-ash content concrete, while locally sourced materials and high recycle content materials are used throughout. The systems include fully controlled lighting with some LED, solar-heated hot water, and high-efficiency heating and cooling.

The owner’s intent is to host a wide array of cultural events involving local charities and the arts. In this spirit, the home will be a significant part of the Dallas community for generations to come.

Home Tour Preview IV

Posted by    |    October 13th, 2015 at 9:53 am


Carefully designed to reflect the high style of the modern era by architect John Thompson, this 1967 home is a mid-century stunner located in a unique enclave in Wynnewood Hills. Bar Harbor Drive is a meandering avenue of one-of-a-kind custom residences and a gorgeous canopy of trees. The house has instant curb appeal with the front facade projecting out like the bow of a sleek vessel. Its handworked masonry is of multi-hued, natural brick deeply embossed with a unique fossil-like finish, seemingly merging the past and the present. Three thousand five-hundred square-feet of style and surprise cleverly divided into a public and a private space await you as you pass through the grand entry door of jeweled glass and turquoise enamel. The soaring interior, the unexpected juxtaposition of angles, the fluid lines, and the use of light are simultaneously soothing and provocative. 

2015 Home Tour Preview II

Posted by    |    October 11th, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Lawndale – Stevens Park Village

The streamlined curves of the roof set this 1941 house apart from its siblings in the Stevens Park Village neighborhood. Austin stone is the common denominator throughout facades in this traditional neighborhood, and 2249 Lawndale Drive takes it to the next level, entirely enveloped in what appears to be unequal blocks of alabaster. A low-slung, hipped roof and partial parapet disguise the ridge, practically providing a flat roof appearance from the street. These facets all crown the home’s overall clean and modern lines. In a neighborhood alleged to have up to a dozen Charles Dilbeck designs, quirkiness abounds, and idiosyncrasies such as terra cotta rosettes, a front porch planter and multiple window forms can be found at 2249.

2015 Home Tour Preview I

Posted by    |    October 10th, 2015 at 10:43 am


S. Windomere – Winnetka Heights

W.H. Goodnight was a contractor who built many homes in Winnetka Heights during the early 1900s. He built this craftsman-style bungalow in 1913. The house was originally described as a “six-room cottage” and sold for $2,000. The first owner was John K. Wood, a bond clerk at Citizen’s Bank & Trust Co. Sometime in the 1940s the Lancaster family moved in and daughter Elizabeth lived in the house until she passed away in the late 1980s. The house sat vacant until the late 1990s when the previous owner purchased the home and began extensive renovations. The current owner purchased the home after seeing it was for sale during the 2003 OOCCL Fall Home Tour.

Our Solution to the Bishop Arts Parking Dilemma

Posted by    |    October 8th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Parking in The Bishop Arts District is a headache to say the least. Free, on street parking is rarely available and paying a parking valet is a pain.

Well, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff has a solution! Ride your bike!!!

Bike parking is free, traffic is a breeze and the businesses even offer DISCOUNTS to customers that ride their bikes!

From now until the weekend of October 17th & 18th, BFOC will provide Guerrilla Bike Parking at various locations in Oak Cliff, including the North Oak Cliff Library, the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and culminate with a surprise location in Bishop Arts that weekend.



After the weekend, the rack will be donated to a local elementary school. Reagan Elementary in the Bishop Arts Neighborhood, Hogg Elementary in Kidd Springs and Bowie Elementary in Lake Cliff will all compete for the rack.

The bicycle rack is painted the colors of the three different schools and we ask the community to help STICKERBOMB the rack. After the 18th, the winning school will be the most prominent color remaining.

So hop on your bike and get a jump-start on the competition. The rack is currently at the North Oak Cliff Library!

Guerilla Rack at the North Oak Cliff Library!!

Guerrilla Rack at the North Oak Cliff Library!!

Show your neighborhood and community spirit. PURPLE represents the Lake Cliff Neighborhood and Bowie Elementary. GREEN is for Kidd Springs and Hogg Elementary. And BLUE is for Bishop Arts and Reagan Elementary.

Updates and event information can be found on our facebook event page. Please RSVP, INVITE and SHARE here.


Posted by    |    October 7th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

pedal against ptsdSwaptoberfest is happening again this Saturday, October 10th starting at 11:00 AM at the Community Brewing Company!  Pedal Against PTSD is hosting the event and there’s sure to be a ton of great bicycles and bicycle components available at great discounts.

Need a booth?  RSVP to the event here and post to the event’s wall.  $10 will get you a table and space to sell your goods.

Protected Bike Lanes on Sylvan!

Posted by    |    October 5th, 2015 at 2:16 pm


another connection across the river now has bicycle facilities. The newly re-built Sylvan Ave bridge now has a protected bicycle lane running in both directions for cyclists to cross the river and access the Trinity Skyline Trail (access soon to open). To get here from Oak Cliff, head north on Beckley or Sylvan Ave. The less sketchy way is Beckley, crossing Singleton into the Continental bridge plaza, and connecting to Toronto. That will take you to Sylvan.

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As promised, flex stake-protected bike lanes have been installed on the new Sylvan Bridge!


We used a lane diet to create a one-foot buffer between the bike lanes and adjacent travel lanes. Then our Streets Department crews installed flex stakes in the buffer space to create the protected lanes. These are the same durable flex stakes used on the Jefferson Viaduct cycle track, and they are manufactured specifically for bicycle facilities.

Southbound bike lane at the top of the Sylvan Bridge Southbound bike lane at the top of the Sylvan Bridge

As you can see in the photo above, we also have bicycle-friendly drainage grates on the Sylvan Bridge. These grates are designed so that bicycle tires are not inhibited as you ride across them. Remember, as a bicyclist, you should follow all the same traffic laws as vehicles, including stopping at red lights.

? Northbound bridge approach – Flex stakes start at the concrete railing

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Performance as Gesture

Posted by    |    October 4th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

Songs for a City Park

by Cynthia Mulcahy


Sunday, October 25th, 2015,    5:00 to 7:00pm, 

Kidd Springs Park, 711 W. Canty St., Dallas, TX 75208

For more info contact: Cynthia Mulcahy 214.948.9595


Performance as Gesture: Songs for a City Park is a socially-engaged, research-based public artwork by Cynthia Mulcahy that culminates in an evening of musical performances on Sunday, October 25th, set amidst the historic Japanese gardens of Kidd Springs Park, a public city park located in the North Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Performance as Gestureis intended to recognize the rich cultural history of the public park’s Japanese gardens, originally established in the late 1960s from a gift to the city by private citizens, Dr. & Mrs. Jack Edwards. The artist-led public art project is funded by a new artist grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Project Description

altResearch in public municipal, museum and library archives in Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and New York as well as oral interviews with park visitors conducted by Mulcahy have revealed not only a lively history of citizen use of the public gardens at Kidd Springs Park, but also the surprising provenance of several of the Japanese artifacts now residing there. As it turns out, this public city park has quite an engaging story to tell.

A ten-foot tall two-ton granite stone lantern now residing in Kidd Springs Park was sent by the Emperor of Japan’s government for the Japanese pavilion of A Century of Progress, the highly successful World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1933. Two stone Buddhas in Kidd Springsalt Park have been identified as 18th century (c. 1730) Japanese artifacts that came from the collection of George Turner Marsh, a San Francisco Japanese antiquities expert whose collections established two of the oldest and most important Japanese gardens in the United States: the Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco (the oldest public Japanese garden in America) as well as the Japanese Garden at The Huntington Library, one of America’s great museums and botanical gardens in San Marino, just outside of Los Angeles.

All of these Japanese antiquities and others were collected in the 1920s and 1930s by Ethel Buell, an Oklahoma oil heiress, for her private garden in Muskogee. By a stroke of good fortune, Buell’s collection was offered to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department after Buell’s death in 1964 by her daughter, Betty Buell Bradstreet, who, for admitted sentimental reasons, wanted to see her mother’s Japanese collection stay together. Through a monetary gift from private citizens of Oak Cliff, Dr. & Mrs. Jack Edwards, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department was able to acquire the private collection for a public city park for an unusually low sum in 1966.

Since the public dedication in 1971, Kidd Springs Park’s beloved Japanese gardens have over the decades been the site of Japanese tea ceremonies, moon-viewing parties, neighbors’ daily strolls, couples courting, even guerrilla weddings and, today, the Japanese gardens remain a vibrant public green-space frequented by many admirers. On Sunday, October 25th, an evening of musical performances to celebrate and honor the cultural history of the Japanese gardens at Kidd Springs Park will include songs performed by a Japanese taiko drumming group, Dallas Kiyari Daiko, and, in the Oak Cliff neighborhood’s musical tradition, an award-winning North Texas mariachi group, Mariachi Jalisciense. The performance is also a lament for what has since disappeared from the park (rumored to have been stolen, damaged by fire, deteriorated or perhaps in storage) including an irreplaceable Japanese Edo Period temple bell (1773), an enormous torii gate once installed in the park’s lake and an intricate bridge that spanned the creek. Both the torii and the bridge were built based on the famous originals in Miyajima and Nikko by expert Japanese craftsman and shipped from Japan to Ethel Buell’s Oklahoma garden in 1928. 

Performance as Gesture: Songs for a City Park will begin at twilight on a Sunday evening, October 25th, in Kidd Springs Park’s Japanese gardens. The entire two-hour event from 5 to 7pm is free to the public. A printed map detailing the history of the Japanese park will be available at the event and inside the park’s recreation building.

About the Grant The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs inaugurated a new artist grant in 2015 to support Dallas-based artist-led public art projects. Artist Cynthia Mulcahy was recently chosen as one of five artists to receive the inaugural round of OCA Cultural Projects Program Special Support Grants for her socially-engaged public artwork proposal for Kidd Springs Park.


About the Artist

Cynthia Mulcahy is a Dallas-based conceptual artist and curator whose large-scale intermedia works and ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that re-interpret cultural traditions while often addressing socio-political issues. Be it a community square dance or farming as street theater, her participatory public artworks place emphasis on notions of beauty, humility and human connectedness and function as temporarily appropriated spaces for social interaction. In like manner, Mulcahy’s interrelated practice of platforming the work of others through organizing/curating exhibitions has focused on pressing contemporary subjects such as modern warfare and American militarism.

Recent projects include Engines of War, an exhibition that examined the United States wars in Iraq and Afghanistan co-curated with Charles Dee Mitchell (NYC, 2013), Seventeen Hundred Seeds, a site-specific land work collaboration (a large cultivated farm field in the middle of the city) with Robert Hamilton (Oak Cliff, 2012), and Square Dance: A Community Project, co-organized with Leila Grothe at the Trinity River Audubon Center (South Dallas, 2011). Square Dance proposed social engagement as art in the form of an outdoor seasonal community dance and was funded in part by an Idea Fund Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Reviews of Mulcahy’s work have met critical acclaim appearing in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and New York Magazine.


Posted by    |    October 4th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Join BFOC on Sunday, October 11, at 3PM for our 2015 Cyclesomatic Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Ride.

This Oak Cliff history ride will depart from the Wild Detectives at 3PM and will make stops at Stevie Ray’s childhood home in Kiest Park, hangout spots as a teen, and his final resting place at Laurel Land Memorial Park.

After the ride, there will be a free 7pm screening of Kirby Warnock’s documentary “When Dallas Rocked” at the Texas Theatre. Kirby will be accepting donations to contribute to the funding of a statue in Oak Cliff’s Kiest Park, honoring the Vaughan brothers. To learn more about the fundraiser, visit

DISCLAIMER: This will be a long ride (roughly 18 miles). If you can’t make the ride, you can always meet us afterward at the Texas Theatre! To learn more about the ride and documentary screening, visit the following pages.

SRV Memorial Ride –

When Dallas Rocked Screening –