Dallas police officers on motorcycles ready to escort the statue of Robert E. Lee to a storage facility. Photo by Alex Macon. Photo by Alex Macon

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Lee Park Will Be Oak Lawn Park, For Now

The park will temporarily revert to its original name, a little more than a week after a statue of Robert E. Lee was removed.

The city’s Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously this morning to temporarily rename Lee Park, a little more than a week after the statue of the Confederate general that gave the park its name was removed.

Oak Lawn Park, the park’s original name until 1936, will serve as a placeholder title pending the recommendations of the city’s task force on Confederate monuments, and whatever the city decides to do with those recommendations. A permanent name change must also apparently await a new city policy on renaming parks, per Park Board President Bobby Abtahi at this morning’s meeting. Meanwhile, the park board approved spending about $40,000 to remove any “Lee Park” signage at Oak Lawn Park.

The city’s task force on Confederate monuments is set to meet later today to discuss changing Dallas streets named for Confederate figures, including prominent thoroughfares like Lemmon and Gaston.

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Comments

  • MattL1

    Oak Lawn Park is a solid name. There are (I think) oak trees there. There’s a lawn. It’s a park. It’s in Oak Lawn.

    Probably why they named it that to begin with.

  • dallasboiler

    Why is any other name that Oak Lawn Park even necessary? Looking back, it never should have been changed in the first place. Changing the names of roads like Gaston and Lemmon seems like it’s taking this too far (similar to considering renaming Franklin and Jefferson high schools). How many people have any clue who these roads are named after? Will it be worth the economic cost people and businesses who have addresses there?

  • Of course, the same book-burners who were demanding that Lee be removed are now demanding that the park be named after a black person.

    This was never about white supremacy. It was about black supremacy.

  • sherwood

    Leave it as Oak Lawn Park as it was originally named. No more statues of people that will alienate others. Plant flowers and let fountains flow. End this divisive issue with common sense, not political agendas.