Dallas City Council is scheduled to begin weighing in on a proposed $1.1 billion bond program in early December after the bond’s community-led task force finalized its list of recommended projects and funding allocations Nov. 4.

The bond program, which will need City Council approval before being sent to voters for a final say, could be set for an election in either May or November 2024.

The overview

The draft included a breakdown of funding allocations recommended for projects in each City Council district. The recommended allocation for citywide projects, which includes some in districts 9 and 10, is about $411 million.
  • District 9, which includes Lakewood and the southern tip of Lake Highlands: nearly $27 million
  • District 10, which includes Lake Highlands: about $37 million
  • District 14, which includes parts of east Dallas and Uptown: about $48 million
The details

These are some of the major Lake Highlands- and Lakewood-area projects included in the task force’s recommendations.

District 9:
  • $20 million for dredging White Rock Lake
  • $4 million for upgrades to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
  • $3 million for improvements to the White Rock Lake Trail
  • $2.7 million for construction on Trammel Drive
  • $1.9 million for construction on Milton Street
  • $1.2 million for construction on Estacado Drive
  • $1 million for maintenance at the Bath House Cultural Center
District 10:
  • $15 million for a park and multipurpose center being developed at the intersection of Forest Lane and Audelia Road
  • $7 million for improvements to the White Rock Creek Trail
  • $1.5 million for erosion control at apartment buildings on Audelia Road
  • $1.3 million for proposed pickleball courts at 12000 Greenville Ave.
  • $1.3 million for a sidewalk master plan on Forest Lane from Audelia Road to Skillman Street
Other high-funding projects include $2 million for improvements to the Santa Fe Trail and $1 million to construct a new trail on Skillman Street between I-635. and Royal Lane, which are shared between districts 9, 10 and 14.

In case you missed it

The community bond task force finalized recommended funding allocations for the five key areas included in the bond Oct. 24.
  • $375 million for streets and transportation
  • $350 million for park and recreation
  • $75 million for flood and erosion control
  • $100 million for housing, economic development and homelessness
  • $200 million for critical facilities
What’s next

City staff are scheduled to present a draft of the bond program to City Council on Dec. 6. Council members could choose to approve, change or reject the draft in January.

If approved, the bond election would be held in either May or November. Dallas’ 2017 and 2006 bond elections were held in November, while the 2003 bond election was held in May, according to the city’s municipal archives.