Cook, Lowell 1973-07-02

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Park administrator Lowell Cook reviews events in the history of Dallas parks from the 1930s and 1940s. Changes in park policy and descriptions of policy development are also related.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Lowell Cook

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Date: July 2, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Dr. Harry Jebsen, Robert Newton, and Patricia Hogan

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Review of career with the Dallas park system, Use of prison labor cited, Object of lake project explained, Growth of contact between state-federal agencies and Dallas parks, Civilian Conservation Corps activities recalled, Description of White Rock Lake, Development of policy for sail boats reviewed, Explanation between city of Dallas and sailing clubs, Other recreational activities discussed, Administrative structure of parks system traced, Director (Houston) characterized

Tape 1, Side 2: Discussion of public's attitude toward litter, Review of changes in socio-economic group usage of parks, Use of park police examined, Using prisoners for park maintenance described, Work on Love Field cited, Anecdote concerning death of a prisoner related, Reasons for discontinuing prison labor, Post-World War II federal and state financial aid discussed, Activities of Soil Conservation Service recalled, Various public public attitudes toward use of parks explored, Relationships between parks and private developers mentioned

Range Dates: 1930-1973

Bulk Dates: 1930-1940s

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