Parks for Downtown Dallas (PfDD) is a 501(c)(3) foundation established in 2015 to advance the long-term development and support of public parks within Downtown Dallas. We promote a more liveable, resilient city center through advocacy for parks and green space in Downtown Dallas.
Parks for Downtown Dallas is building four new urban neighborhood parks by spring 2023.
Parks for Downtown Dallas has committed substantially all of its assets to build four “Priority Parks” recommended in the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update. PfDD completed Pacific Plaza in October 2019, West End Square in March 2021, and continues to advance work on Carpenter Park and Harwood Park. The four Priority Parks are being funded by $39.4 million in City of Dallas bonds, approved by the citizens of Dallas as part of the 2006 and 2017 Bond Programs, and $56 million in committed private investment.
The strategy for the Priority Parks program is founded upon the design principles and financing tactics outlined in the 2004 Downtown Parks Master Plan and its 2013 Update, both of which were unanimously adopted by the Dallas City Council and the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.
Since 2015, PfDD has been intensely focused on building the Priority Parks and developing a sustainable system for improving and expanding Downtown Dallas parks over the long-term.
PfDD is actively raising $25 million to support the four Priority Parks. Our aspiration is to raise $50 million for a permanent endowment to support Downtown parks within the freeway loop so that this network of public spaces continues to thrive for decades to come. The purpose of this fund is to complement the City’s investment in routine maintenance and capital investments. Together, we can build beautiful public spaces that stand the test of time.
We know this is an ambitious undertaking. Please consider showing your support for your Downtown neighborhood parks — both new and existing — with a donation to PfDD.
Amy Meadows is President and CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas.
Its Trustees include Chairman Robert Decherd, Guy Kerr, Dunia Shive and Marian Spitzberg.