(DALLAS) - City of Dallas has issued a health and safety alert for Lake Cliff Park after harmful algae have been found in the lake. Dallas Park and Recreation officials are urging residents not to enter the water or consume fish/aquatic vegetation/wildlife from the Oak Cliff park’s lake.
Oscar Carmona, Assistant Director with Dallas Park and Recreation Department, said the city is taking steps to treat the algae bloom and inform citizens of the lake’s condition. Signs prohibiting swimming and fishing at the popular picnic spot are posted and social media alerts to citizens and park users have begun, he said. Citizens can still visit the park’s other amenities including its loop trail, playground and historic pavilion.
He advises citizens to not enter the lake, consume fish from the lake or allow pets near the water and heed all warning signs. If anyone has made contact with the water or have consumed fish from the lake this week and is feeling ill, officials advise they seek medical attention, Carmona said.
During routine maintenance inspections, park staff noticed discolored water and called on other city departments for help with water testing. Laboratory results confirmed by Dallas Water Utilities revealed a toxic algae bloom with high bacteria levels that is harmful to humans and animals if contacted.
Park officials are uncertain as to when the public can expect to resume fishing and other lake activities. Citizens can go to the FAQs for more info and continue to check dallasparks.org for updates concerning the lake’s water quality.