Keeling, William 1973-07-03

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William Keeling, Dallas park official, reviews the highlights of his career with the Dallas park system and explains some of the programs.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: William Keeling

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 3, 1973

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Harry Jebsen

Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Changes in Dallas’ Forest Avenue School reviewed, White Rock Beach recalled, Swimming pools closed to avoid racial confrontation, Dallas’ junior pool program examined, Management of Oak Cliff pool and decision to join Dallas park system discussed, Importance of college degree to park job explained, Descriptions, anecdotes on community centers, Problems with facilities noted.

Tape 1, Side 2: Dallas’ first community center and other centers discussed, Need for transparent plastic to replace glass noted, Attitude toward Mexican barrio expressed, Review of building material needs, Discussion of Dr. Samuels’ contribution, Land use change theory explained, Personnel factor in park administration examined, Speculation on future of park administration in relation to school systems, Difficulty of finding park staff noted, Justification of closing pools made, Further description of pool systems.

Tape 2, Side 1: Role of air-conditioning in park programs noted, Discussion of park lighting, Long-range planning evaluated, Relationships of schools to park board related, Conflict with Richardson schools recalled, Employment of minority groups discussed, Attitude toward Mexican community examined, Attitude toward federal funding and guidelines for operations expressed, Philosophy of recreation discussed.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1940s-1973

Bulk Dates: 1940s-1973

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