For the Love of the Lake - White Rock Lake Park

A nonprofit organization

$15,227 raised by 127 donors

76% complete

$20,000 Goal

For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. White Rock Lake Park is located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, and is twice the size of New York City’s Central Park!  This naturally-preserved recreation site attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year to enjoy outdoor activities including running, cycling, family picnics, team sports, sailing, and kayaking. FTLOTL depends on donations to provide supplies to our volunteers, run our volunteer programs, and to fund projects within White Rock Lake Park. It is the goal of FTLOTL to engage the broad and diverse community of volunteers, including individuals, families, schools, organizations, companies, and anyone at all, to become actively involved at White Rock Lake Park. FTLOTL organizes many activities at the lake that focus on beautification and restoration at White Rock Lake Park, including:

  • The Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up events (S4), held on the second Saturday of each month, rain or shine, is open to the community at large. Second Saturday volunteers pick up litter in the park and along the shoreline of the lake. As of July 2022, there have been 318 consecutive S4 events spanning 26 years. In 2021, FTLOTL volunteers and Board of Directors collected an estimated 400 cubic yards of trash from the park and provided Dallas Park and Recreation Department an estimated 13,000 hours of volunteer labor.
  • Our Adopt-A-Shoreline program (AAS) is perfect for the civic-minded business, church, non-profit organization, school, or company. AAS groups adopt a section of the shoreline or park and do their part on a monthly basis to keep it litter-free.
  • Our Padillacs program is a water-based volunteer group of experienced kayakers and canoers who get out onto the lake to retrieve litter that cannot be reached from the shoreline. FTLOTL has six canoes and three kayaks available to use on our Second Saturdays on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The Celebration Tree Grove (CTG) is a place where people can honor, celebrate, and remember loved ones by contributing to ongoing reforestation efforts at White Rock Lake Park. In collaboration with Dallas Park and Recreation Department, CTG has planted more than 2,000 trees within White Rock Lake Park.

For the Love of the Lake supports the local Texas Stream Team, a network of volunteer citizen scientists who collect and test water at White Rock Lake and its streams. Dedicated to protecting the environment, they gather information about the quality of Texas water. FTLOTL also collaborates with the BMW Dallas Marathon and enlists volunteers from across the metro-plex to participate as course guides for the annual marathon.


For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) is dedicated to the enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. Our focus is on supporting programs to preserve and enhance White Rock Lake Park. We organize regular clean-up activities, tree planting events, and raise money needed to fund improvements to White Rock Lake Park.


For the Love of the Lake (FTLOTL) works to ensure that those who actively enjoy White Rock Lake Park may also engage in service opportunities to maintain a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

DONATIONS will support park improvements that we partner with Dallas Park and Recreation to implement, as well as the purchase of supplies for hundreds of clean-up volunteers that we host every single month.

For example:

• Updating and adding ADA picnic tables

• Updating and adding ADA pad sites

• Creating accessible paths to ADA picnic tables

• Trash Bags

• Trash Pickers

• Long Nets

• Kayaks

• Latex Gloves

• Chemical Resistant Gloves

• Life Jackets

• Sunscreen

• Bug Spray

• ...and more!


For the Love of the Lake is seeking new board members and committee volunteers!

• Join our Second Saturday Shoreline Spruce-Up (S4) committee to combine a love for working with people and White Rock Lake! We are looking for volunteers to help us out with supply pickups and coordination for our S4 events (one day for just a few hours a month!)

• Are you a gifted writer and experienced in Development and Grant Writing? We would love to meet you!


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Organization Data


Organization name

For the Love of the Lake - White Rock Lake Park

Tax id (EIN)




Environment & Conservation, Community Improvement

Operating Budget

Less than $100,000

Counties Served



Dallas, TX 75218