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Dallas Looking At How To Improve White Rock Lake

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There's no question White Rock Lake in Dallas is a popular recreation spot. The question a lot of people are asking is whether or not it's reached its full potential.

There's talk about doing more with the publicly owned property.  Right now, it's just talk. But some people in high places are listening.

There's already so much to like about White Rock Lake.  Mark Feltner comes for the Dog Park.   "It's just a chance for them to get outdoors, play with other dogs," Feltner said.

Others like the hike and bike paths, fishing, and canoeing.  But, there's talk of something more - something to make White Rock Lake better.

Paula Blackmon, Mayor Mike Rawlings Chief of Staff, says, "Have a cup of coffee after a morning run, a sweet roll. If you take your dog for a walk. If you sit and have a glass of wine."

Mark Feltner likes that idea. "Like a little kiosk to sell ice cream and soft  drinks over in the parking lot would be great," he said.

"Anything. Even if they could put up a little stand and have nice sandwiches, healthy kinds of foods," said Nicole Brookman.

A canoe company at the lake has been enjoying a successful run since it opened in August of 2010.

Amy Ebert of the White Rock Paddle Company hauls the canoes in a trailer to the park every day.  "We've gotten great feedback. A lot of turnout and all sorts of people come out to see us," she said.

What would she like to see at the lake?

"A restaurant would be cool. I don't know. There's so many possibilities with it. But it's also so awesome the way it is. Kind of quaint," she said.

"We don't want the buildings. We don't want a lot of traffic I guess you could say," Nicole Brookman said.

"Traffic. Trash. Noise. Lights. Safety. There's a lot of things you have to address," said Paula Blackmon.

Paula Blackmon, the Mayor's Chief of Staff says for now, it's just talk.   "It's just What If? It's conversation," she said.

It's also the way great ideas for urban areas begin.

"Somebody said, 'What if we did this or what if we did that,' and we've got now a great bridge opening, Margaret Hunt Hill. We've got the Deck Park. We have the Arts District."

No plans have been drawn. No committees have been formed.  Ideas about what to do with White Rock Lake, if anything at all, are only in the discussion phase.

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