Parks For Downtown Dallas is a nonprofit that was established in 2015 when The Belo Foundation decided to concentrate on creating more green spaces for downtown Dallas. PfDD and two private donors have offered $35 million to the City of Dallas to be matched in the 2017 bond program to create 4 new parks. Amy Meadows is Parks For Downtown Dallas’s president. Its trustees include chairman Robert Decherd, Guy Kerr, Dunia Shive and Marian Spitzberg.
In its 63-year history as a grant maker, The Belo Foundation awarded more than $54 million in charitable donations, primarily focusing on grants in the areas of college-level journalism and the development of urban public parks and open spaces. The foundation is proud to have supported downtown parks in Dallas since 1993 through grants to the Dallas Trees and Parks Foundation for Pioneer Plaza, the creation of the Dallas Police Memorial, the ongoing maintenance of Lubben Plaza and multi-year funding for the operation of the Ferris Plaza fountain, as well as the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of Belo Garden.