Lee Park AIDS Memorial blooms

LP 031914-3aThe Dallas Tavern Guild took pictures last week of the AIDS Memorial in Lee Park, which includes daffodils planted last year after the new memorial was rededicated.

The memorial was created by Alan Ross who fought the city and the parks department for several years to allow it in a city park. Not until the Lee Park Conservancy was created and administration of the park was taken away from the park department did the memorial move forward. Ross was the Tavern Guild director for many years until his death, and he is credited with organizing the Pride parade.

Last year, because of a new landscaping project near Arlington Hall, the memorial was moved and rededicated in a new section of the park. The original tree planted in Lee Park had died years earlier and little was left of the original other than the plaque.

The new location is along the new walkway heading toward Arlington Hall from the corner of Turtle Creek Boulevard and Lemmon Avenue. The daffodils were planted in memory of the people in Dallas who died of AIDS.

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