Fair Park

As Dallas ISD Takes Look at Long-Shuttered Schools, One Neighborhood Makes Demands

By Bethany Erickson / September 28, 2018 / 0 Comments
Dallas ISD

While it was a fairly tame evening, as far as school board meetings go, Thursday night’s regular Dallas ISD board of trustees meeting was bookended by discussions about the larger responsibility a school district has to the communities schools sit in, especially once those schools are closed. It began during the portion at the beginning […]

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Cautious Optimism at Park Board’s Special Fair Park Meeting

By Jon Anderson / August 10, 2018 / 1 Comment

Last night the Parks and Recreation Board held a special meeting seeking public comment on the soon-to-be-voted-on management contract for Fair Park. You may think you’re experiencing déjà vu, and you may be, but from when?  There have been so many Fair Park plans tossed on the fire they make the current California blazes look […]

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More on Fair Park: Freshman Councilman Kevin Felder Hosts Discussion on Bidding

By Candy Evans / August 17, 2017 / 1 Comment

I am so impressed with Kevin Felder, the new City Councilman for District 7, which encompasses Fair Park. First of all, I’m a little biased because he is a real estate Broker. He is also a lesson in persistence: Kevin has run for his council seat four times before FINALLY winning the D7 seat this […]

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To See State Fair’s Flying Monkeys, Follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Mayor’s Office

By Jon Anderson / June 27, 2017 / 5 Comments

My headline is a riff on yesterday’s Jim Schutze piece over at the Observer titled, “Flying Monkeys Shield State Fair Contract Just When it Should Be Set on Fire.” If last year’s citywide kerfuffle about the Fair Park sweetheart deal Mayor Rawlings tried to give pal Walt Humann, complete with a $20 million per year […]

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Is The Fair Park Texas Foundation a Non-Profit? Not According to The IRS

By Joanna England / November 29, 2016 / 0 Comments
Most Endangered Historic Places in Dallas

All along we’ve been operating under the assumption that the organization founded by Walt Humann — the Fair Park Texas Foundation — was a certifiable non-profit. In fact, one of the things that made Humann’s organization attractive to the City of Dallas is that it could circumvent bidding as a non-profit providing monetary or in-kind […]

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Dallas City Attorney Stalls Humann Foundation, Future of Fair Park May be Fair After All

By Jon Anderson / October 13, 2016 / 3 Comments

Earlier today, Dallas City Council member Philip Kingston received a letter from City Attorney Larry Casto responding to his recent queries on the legality of Mayor Mike Rawling’s slam-dunk deal to turn over Fair Park to Walt Humann’s Fair Park Texas Foundation.  The result being “stick a fork in it.”  Humann’s plan may not be […]

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