June 29, 2020 – Todd Interests and East Quarter Partners announced a $1,000,000 gift today to Parks for Downtown Dallas toward the construction of Harwood Park in Downtown Dallas.
The new public park will serve as a vibrant connection point between the burgeoning East Quarter District, the Dallas Farmers Market District and the Downtown core. “To have a leading, urban planning-oriented firm like Todd Interests and their partners at East Quarter not only support this effort, but put financial muscle behind it is a very, very significant moment for us and the City of Dallas” says Robert Decherd, Chairman of Parks for Downtown Dallas.
Harwood Park will be the fourth urban park completed as a part of a public-private partnership between Parks for Downtown Dallas and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. “We look forward to fulfilling the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update and completing all four priority parks” says Amy M. Meadows, President and CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas. “The realization of this plan will give Downtown Dallas nearly 14 acres of new green space, helping to solidify the notion that Downtown is a place to build a life and call home.”
Harwood Park, nearly 4 acres in size, is bound by Harwood Street to the west, Jackson Street to the north, Pearl Expressway to the east. Austin-based firm Ten Eyck Landscape Architects is leading the design. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2021. 300 Pearl, East Quarter’s newest mixed-use development located across from the future park, is slated to open in the Spring of 2021.
Patrick Todd, Partner, Todd Interests – Urban parks define the soul of a city. Parks for Downtown Dallas has forever changed the landscape of our city by adding not one, but four new parks. The impact of these parks cannot be understated. No vertical development can match the cultural and economic impact made by transforming parking lots into lush, green spaces. Our firm is honored to contribute in a small way to the tireless work Robert Decherd, Amy Meadows and Parks for Downtown Dallas have put into Harwood Park.
Philip Todd, Partner, Todd Interests – Nature and cities need to co-exist together. I believe that parks are our greatest opportunity to achieve this balance. What Parks for Downtown Dallas has done for downtown is amazing and we are blessed to live and work in a city that has this many incredible new parks that are open or in planning/construction. Robert and Amy’s leadership has been phenomenal, and Todd Interests and our partners in East Quarter are excited to be a part of history taking place in the urban core of our city.
Shawn Todd, Managing Partner and CEO, Todd Interests – Robert Decherd’s vision, passion and dedication to urban parks is unprecedented. His creation of Parks for Downtown Dallas under the leadership of Amy Meadows, to design, fund and construct not just Harwood Park, but 3 other urban parks is humbling and remarkable. Todd Interests along with our East Quarter Partners are proud to play a small part in this unprecedented and forward thinking plan. PfDD has truly added the missing ingredient which elevates urban life for all who work, live and visit downtown Dallas.
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