OAK CLIFF (CBSDFW.COM) – A secret flight of stairs in Oak Cliff that leads to Kessler Park is dividing some neighbors over whether or not to clear the long-forgotten pathway.
“I was totally surprised. I didn’t even know they were there,” said Bill Shurr, a nearby resident.
Shurr lives down the street from the stairway and even with four generations of family calling Kessler Park home, he just found out about the pathway.
Behind the thick brush, a stairway that connects Canterbury and Edgefield Avenue. It is a direct route to the nearby park.
“There’s no sidewalks at all. So if you walk dogs like we do, you’re walking in the street,” said Shurr.
Shurr and nearby residents want the clear and restore the historic pathway that dates back to the 1920s.
Several residents have now started a website and an online petition to raise money for the efforts.
“I just think it’s a great waste. I mean it’s just an eyesore the way it is right now,” said Shurr.
While those in favor said they feel they are just a few steps from restoring the stairway, not everyone feels the same way.
Some folks who live near the stairway said if the path is cleared, it will impact their sense of privacy and security.
Documents released by the city attorney for Dallas show the city actually owns the property and it is up to Dallas officials about what to do with the stairway.
“Where parks are clean and tidy, there’s less crime and activity that would be suspicious,” said Shurr.
Residents in favor of the restoration project said it would be a shame to keep the piece of history hidden.
“It’s our little secret, free thing that the community can enjoy,” said Shurr.
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