Dean, William 1975-04-05

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Dr. William Dean discusses various issues that have involved the Dallas Park and Recreation Board and programs that the Board was pursuing at the time.

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Interviewee Name: William Dean

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Date: April 5, 1975

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Dr. Harry Jebsen and Patricia Hogan

Length: 1 hour, 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Involvement in parks, Became involved through Chamber of Commerce work, Early work with Park and Recreation Board, Fear that Board will became an honorary position, Requirements of an effective Board member, Effective chairman discussed, Formation of ad hoc committees, Errors made by Board, Problems resulting from lack of communication between departments, Board as political stepping stone, Work with other departments

Tape 1, Side 2: Help from other sources, such as women's clubs, Relationship with Public Works Department, Sees Park and Recreation Board as last department that answers to citizens, Lack of political pressure on Board, Relationship with city council, Federal money used by Park Department, Fair Park land acquisition, Resulting conflicts, Racial problems, Neglect of older parts of town, Expansion of fair park, Other land acquisitions, Town lake controversy

Tape 2, Side 1: Manner in which J. Erik Jonsson handled racial problems, Park police discussed, Greening of downtown Dallas, Value of controlling boards

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

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