Parks For Downtown Dallas is a nonprofit established in 2015 when The Belo Foundation decided to concentrate on creating more green spaces for downtown Dallas. Pacific Plaza, Carpenter Park, Harwood Park and West End Square will all be created in Downtown Dallas, thanks to support of Dallas voters. Amy Meadows, who served for 11 years as the vice president and executive director of The Belo Foundation, is Parks For Downtown Dallas’ president. Its trustees include chairman Robert Decherd, Guy Kerr, Dunia Shive and Marian Spitzberg.
Parks for Downtown Dallas is working with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and its director, Willis Winters, in developing these park plans. The organization has committed $45 million to the project, and Dallas voters approved a contribution of $35 million with the passage of the 2017 bond program. Rounding out this public-private partnership, the John W. Carpenter III family and The Decherd Foundation have pledged a total of $5 million.
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.