Preservation status sought for natural spring in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) — The City of Dallas’ Landmark Commission is set to consider a first-of-its-kind historic designation that would preserve a natural spring located just south of downtown.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the preservation designation being voted on Monday includes rules meant to prevent major alterations to the site. The fount known as “Big Spring” is one of the few natural springs in Dallas not covered with concrete.

The Landmark Commission has signaled its support, but the Plan Commission and City Council would need to sign off before it becomes law.

Marsha Prior, a historic preservation planner with the city, says the guidelines are meant to “maintain the land as it is” while also providing context for future generations about the significance of the spring.