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 Dallas. We promote a more liveable, resilient city center through advocacy for parks and green space.

Four New Parks

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.

Support downtown Parks Long-Term

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 an additional $25 million for a permanent endowment to support Downtown parks within the freeway loop. Together, we can build an urban park system in Dallas that stands 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.

Awards & Accolades

  • 2020 Texas Society of Architects Citation of Honor Award

  • AIA Dallas Community Honor Award (2018)

  • AIA Dallas Sustainability Commendation (2021)

Our Team

Amy Meadows is President and CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas.

Its Trustees include Chairman Robert Decherd, Guy Kerr, Dunia Shive and Marian Spitzberg.