The White Rock Lake Adopt-A-Shoreline (AAS) program was created many years ago by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department (DPARD). After the first Trash Bash was held in 28 degree weather with a total attendance of 33 people, DPARD Supervisor Charlie Boseman and staff realized that they needed more help! After much brainstorming, they decided to start a program patterned after the successful Adopt-A-Highway project.
There were nine original groups, each adopting one mile of the shoreline. The groups were only required to clean up twice a year - once at the Trash Bash in the fall, and once in the spring at their own convenience. This was a great start, but did not adequately address the massive amounts of trash that poured into the lake the other 363 days a year.
In 1996, the recently formed For the Love of the Lake volunteer group approached the Dallas Park and Recreation Department about the possibility of increasing participation in and frequency of clean-ups to combat the pervasive litter. Again, much brainstorming. An alliance was formed. The result? The one mile sections were divided into 1/3 mile sections. The number of adopting groups was increased from nine to 49. And in April, 1996 the Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up - a monthly clean-up with all groups working together on the same day - was born.
Since that time, thousands of people of all walks of life - all ages, sizes, shapes, races, religions, belief systems, and political persuasions - have come together for the common community cause of keeping White Rock Lake and the surrounding park litter-free. Hundreds of tons of trash and recyclables have been diverted from the landfills and waterways.
We thank the Adopt-A-Shoreline groups profusely for their participation in this program that is helping to transform White Rock Lake into the Jewel of Dallas' park system!