Due to solid public and private leadership, Dallas Parks have seen amazing growth in the last couple of decades. During this exciting period in modern urban history, parks have gone from being nonexistent in downtown Dallas and in the far reaches of the city edge to becoming major economic engines for the urban fabric throughout.
This renaissance has been brought about by forward-thinking municipal officials, public-private partnerships such as the Dallas Park Foundation, Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (WRPF), and other resourceful groups.
Where will Dallas Parks go in the next 20 years? Join the Dallas Architecture Forum to learn and discuss more on this important topic at a panel discussion moderated by Lois Finkelman, former Board Chair of both the Dallas Park Board and the National Park and Recreation Association (NPRA), as well as city council member.
Finkelman will be joined by the following panelists, who are involved with public park leadership in Dallas and are working to shape the future of the city.
* Robert Decherd is the chair of the Parks for Downtown Dallas Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to establish four new, major downtown parks. PfDD has pledged $35 million to the city of Dallas, to be matched in the 2017 bond program to create Carpenter Park, Pacific Plaza, Harwood Park, and West End Plaza.
* Robert Kent is the North Texas Area Director of The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities.
* Janette K. Monear is the President and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to expand and beautify parks and public green spaces. To date, Texas Trees has planted over 510,000 trees in North Central Texas.
* Willis Winters is the Director of the City of Dallas’ Parks and Recreation Department. Dallas has one of the largest municipal parks systems in the nation with over 23,450 park land acres which encompass 382 parks, seven lakes, 4,650 surface acres of water, and 145 developed trail miles.