The Claremont Addition area is comprised of tracts of land originally used for dairy and cotton farm production at the turn of the century. The development of the Claremont Addition housing community occurred in the mid-1950’s and 1960’s. For many years original homeowners raised their families and prospered. Most sent their children to our local school, Bayles Elementary School. Bayles is the oldest DISD school in the city, having been established in 1856. Its current location at 2444 Telegraph Avenue is its third and final location in our community.
By the 1990’s crime began to escalate and the Claremont Addition Crime Watch organization was revitalized in 1992. To address rising crime and to instill a sense of community and civic pride, we incorporated into a neighborhood organization in 1994, forming the Claremont Addition Neighborhood Association/CrimeWatch 1199 or CANA. Our mission is: to improve the quality of life, promote the economic vitality of the neighborhood, reduce crime, beautify the area, and thereby foster a sense of community. CANA’s work in the 1990’s became a springboard for the Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) www.fergusonroad.org, a nonprofit umbrella organization whose vision is a “strong and vital Far East Dallas.” CANA is a supporting member of FRI.
Over the years CANA has worked to reduce crime and promote public safety, provided support for Bayles Elementary School, hosted community-wide events such as Litter Cleanups, Easter Egg Hunts, food drives, Health and Safety Fairs, and National Night Out.
We support the positive economic development we are experiencing in our community, with the building of the White Rock Hills Library (2012), new White Rock Hills Park (2020), Trinity Forest Spine and Ash Creek Trails (2022), reconstruction of Highland Road (2022), and future intersection improvements at Highland/Ferguson and Lakeland/Ferguson. A new recreation center is on the horizon, the future White Rock Hills Community Recreation Center will be located next to the White Rock Hills Park at 2229 Highland Road.
In addition to large-scale public amenities, we support the quality and diverse housing that is being built around our community. We invite all to invest with us by supporting the Claremont Neighborhood by becoming a member, supporting our events, fundraising drives, and to consider becoming a Board Member or Committee Chair.