In car-dependent Dallas, parking lots are ubiquitous downtown. But one lot will soon be de-paved and turned into a park. Nearby, another parking lot is turning into a temporary urban farm before it also becomes a park. Something similar is happening across the U.S.
Dallas is now set to transform one of its ubiquitous downtown surface parking lots into a public green space. The City Council approved on Wednesday a development agreement with Parks for Downtown Dallas to build what will be called, for now, Pacific Plaza Park.
Nestled between the skyscrapers of downtown at the corner of Pacific Ave. and North St. Paul St. is the future site of Dallas’s next great urban park: Pacific Plaza. The City of Dallas has dreamed of transforming this surface parking lot into a park since the 2004 Downtown Parks Master Plan.
Downtown Dallas is one step closer to receiving a free park. The fight isn’t over yet; a competitor won’t back down. But on Thursday, the Park Board unanimously accepted Parks for Downtown Dallas’ offer to spend $15 million to build the city a long-desired park at Pacific Plaza where St.
Thanks to our booming economy, Dallas is on the cusp of its next great era. This economic growth will bring new residents to the region, who have the choice of living in Dallas – or somewhere else. Dallas’ park system is critical to creating the high quality of life that attracts families.
Looking to build on the success of Klyde Warren Park, Belo Garden and Main Street Garden, the Belo Foundation announced an ambitious plan Thursday to realize a longstanding vision for downtown by creating 17 acres of new green space through the construction of four major parks.