“Great cities have great parks,” Parks for Downtown Dallas Chairman Robert Decherd has said. And he’s certainly doing his part. His newly formed nonprofit organization is focused on adding 17 acres of new green space to the City, all within the next 10 years. This in addition to Belo Garden, a 1.7-acre oasis at Griffin and Main streets, that’s already been completed.
Parks for Downtown Dallas is working with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and its director, Willis Winters, in developing these plans. The organization has committed $30 million to the project with the expectation that an equivalent amount will be included in the City’s 2017 bond election. Additionally, the John W. Carpenter III family and The Decherd Foundation have pledged a total of $5 million.
With this groundswell of community support and awareness, it’s a good time for Dallas parks. Klyde Warren Park, Belo Garden and Main Street Garden have transformed the City’s urban core in the past seven years. The four Parks for Downtown Dallas newcomers will further extend this leafy reach and transition downtown’s palette from gray to green.