DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Neighbors along White Rock Lake are celebrating after developers announced they were scrapping plans to build a restaurant on Boy Scout Hill.
Several opponents of the proposal stood on top of the hill at the north side of the lake Thursday with signs declaring “we won.”
Drivers passing by on Mockingbird responding, honking their horns.
“It’s overwhelming. A very good day!” said Suzann Spann.
Developers, Lyle Burgin and Rick Kopf, had begun discussions to open a restaurant and bar with a six thousand square foot deck.
“We both firmly believe that the concept would be an excellent amenity for all of the citizens of Dallas, but the present time is not the right time,” they announced in a written statement Thursday afternoon.
Community opposition against them had begun to swell.
Many homes had signs posted in front supporting the effort to “Save Boy Scout Hill.”
At a community meeting, people lined up to voice their concerns.
“A lot of people are really very angry,” said Ted Barker.
Brothers, Ted and Hal Barker, are both outspoken defenders of White Rock Lake. Together they created a website, handed out fliers, and organized the campaign to keep the hill free from development.
“It’s a beautiful place. It doesn’t need to be developed. It needs to stay the way it is,” said Hal.
“It’s not our first battle and it probably won’t be our last,” said Ted.
The pair was also behind the effort to “Save Winfrey Point” along the lake from plans to build a parking lot for the Dallas Arboretum.
That was another battle where they drew the support of the community and won.
“It’s the people who got it done. This is the people’s park,” said Ted.
The brothers now want city council to declare both Boy Scout Hill and Winfrey Point no-development zones. They plan to circulate a petition for that effort soon.
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