About us

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. PfDD promotes a more livable, sustainable city center through the championing of green space in Downtown Dallas. 

Join us on this journey to create a community of parks as vibrant as the people who call this city home.

Four New Parks

Parks for Downtown Dallas is on course to build four new urban neighborhood parks by early 2023.

Parks for Downtown Dallas has committed substantially all of its assets to the design and construction of the four parks given “priority” status 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.

Support the Parks Long-Term

In parallel with park design and construction, PfDD is actively raising $25 million to assure the long-term maintenance and support of all public parks within the Downtown freeway loop. 

The Parks for Downtown Dallas General Endowment was established in 2018 to support future public improvements and ensure that our Downtown park system continues to contribute to the sustainability and quality of life for decades to come. The purpose of this fund is to complement the City’s investment in routine maintenance and uphold the long-term quality of these green spaces in a dense urban environment. 

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.

Awards & Accolades

  • 2020 Texas Society of Architects Citation of Honor Award

  • 2018 AIA Dallas Community Honor Award

Our Team

Amy Meadows, who previously served for 11 years as the Vice President and Executive Director of The Belo Foundation, is President and CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas. Its trustees include chairman Robert Decherd, Guy Kerr, Dunia Shive and Marian Spitzberg.