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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The plan to build a second 5.5-acre deck above Interstate 35E near the Dallas Zoo is creating an ideological duel between two community leaders.

Council member Carolyn King Arnold has said the city needs to focus on higher quality of life concerns in her district before worrying about a deck park.

“We are not as concerned about the amenities, we are concerned about the necessities: sewer lines, streets- senior citizen housing and improved roads,” said Arnold.

The man who preceded her on the council representing District 4, Dwaine Caraway worries any talk of park pushback hurts east and south oak cliff neighborhoods.

“Here’s an opportunity for us to compare the success of Klyde Warren Park in our own community, in our own neighborhood,” he said.

Initial seed money of about $40 million is available to kickstart the southern Dallas deck park.

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