The Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association announced today its partnership with the Program in Landscape Architecture and the Center for Metropolitan Density, School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington as part of the neighborhood’s Green Winnetka initiative.
Dr. Taner R. Ozdil, Assistant Professor at UT Arlington, will lead students in his Studio V class to help Winnetka Heights residents re-envision the North Oak Cliff neighborhood’s parks, open spaces, streetscapes and neighborhood entrances and points of connection.
In addition to identifying potential strategies for improving social spaces for gathering and recreation, the Winnetka Heights neighborhood is looking to strengthen linkages within and beyond the community.
The project will be completed in two phases. In phase one, the students will prepare an inventory and analysis of the neighborhood and surrounding areas by examining the neighborhood’s history and culture and the strengths and weaknesses of its current public space design. In phase two, students will present their design concepts, which will include proposed solutions based on preliminary findings from phase one.
“The urban pioneers of the nineteen-eighties initiated our earliest efforts to identify and beautify public spaces in the neighborhood. We use those spaces throughout the year when we gather with our neighbors. Today, it’s our turn to ensure they are not only maintained and enhanced, but that our public parks and spaces reflect the renewed interest in the use of urban public spaces,” said Lee Ruiz, President of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association.
This partnership between Winnetka Heights and the Program in Landscape Architecture and the Center for Metropolitan Density, School of Architecture, is but one of many that The University of Texas at Arlington has undertaken in recent years to enhance its presence and relevance in the wider community.
Petrine Abrahams, a Winnetka Heights property owner and landscape designer, is Chair of the Winnetka Heights Parks Committee and is providing leadership for the Green Winnetka initiative.
Green Winnetka is a capital improvement program launched in 2012 to design sustainable improvements to the public spaces in Winnetka Heights for use by residents of the historic district and its neighbors throughout Oak Cliff.