Letter from the Prez………

January 2020

Dear East Kessler Park,

The EKPNA Board would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 2020 will be another busy year. All of these activities would not be possible without the generous support of our neighbors, our sponsors and volunteers. As we start 2020, we want to continue to ensure that we represent your neighborhood to the best of our ability.

Neighborhood Work Day

The work day is scheduled forSaturday January 18th from 9am to noon.  This time we will be working on taking privet and vines out of the area behind the wildflower area along Coombs Creek Trail.  This work will be in conjunction with City of Dallas efforts to correct the erosion situation at the trailhead.  The City will be fixing the end of the tunnel going to the creek and covering with dirt.  This will give us more park space.  Come on out with your lopers and gloves…Breakfast is on us!!!

EKP General Meeting

Our next neighborhood General Meeting will be on Tuesday February 11 at 6:30pm Hitt Auditorium.  We will be discussing the Neighborhood Forest Overlay.  We had a high level presentation last April.  This time around we will be discussing specifics and how to make happen.  It doesn’t have to be the entire neighborhood and as little as 10 homes are eligible.  Additionally, we’ve invited Councilman Chad West to address the rash of gunshots in North Oak Cliff.  Stay tuned for more specifics as the date gets closer.


Holiday Party

The Holiday Party on Saturday December 14th was a big success and a lot of fun.  We want to thank our hosts Lynne and Andy Merlino. Below is our list of Holiday Light Winners….

Best Holiday Trees

Dennis Donald & Stephan Hammersmith

1606 Junior

Best Traditional Holiday Lights

Laura Hagan

411 Allison

Best Classic Holiday Lights

Daniel & Robin Lane

1512 Eastus

Best of Show Holiday Lights

Christopher Mann

1512 Oak Knoll

Most Festive Holiday Lights

Elaine Sunshine and Larry Efird

1536 Oak Knoll

Congratulations to our winners!!!


Speeding continues to be an issue.  We’ve been working with the Streets Department to upgrade our stop signs, paint new stop lines and possibly get additional road calming on our neighborhood streets.  All work should be completed by January 31, 2020.  Slow it down out there and tell the trades working on your home to “don’t speed in the neighborhood”.


Our 11th annual membership celebration/membership will take place on Saturday October 3, 2020, so mark your calendars so not to miss. 

EKPNA Website

Our website is getting a makeover and a contract has been signed.  Chris Hendrix and Becky Casey are working hard to make this all happen and make it a “ go to” place for neighborhood news and happenings.  Please go look and use this valuable resource.

Website: https://eastkessler.org/

Buffer Update

EKPNA is working on a recap white paper.  It was somewhat complicated so I hope this clarification will help.  I’m hoping to have it all edited over the next couple of weeks, so be looking for an email blast with this information.  As I’ve mentioned before, the Buffer has served us well for the past 46 years and we hope that cooperation continues with Methodist and HCA the new hospital owners in the very near future.  Again, congratulations to all of those that worked on this critical neighborhood issue!

Website: https://savethebuffer.org/

EKP Tunnel Adventure

Several brave souls ventured into the tunnel under EKP.  Although only 1500’ long, it was plenty dark and surprising in good shape given it was constructed in 1930.  Mike Casey, Robert Goddard, Phil Sprinkle, Matt Louis, Andy Frankel and myself with Annie our protector.  It was uneventful although very interesting.


I hope to see everyone on January 18th for the Work Day and February 11 at our General Membership Meeting!  It’s always informative and opportunity for neighborhood fellowship.

Please don’t hesitate to drop me line with comments, concerns, suggestions, etc.


Tim Herfel

EKPNA President




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