Dallas Park and Recreation's Management Partner — Fair Park First — Unveils Plans for Community Park
“Mayor Johnson has made parks one of his major priorities for 2023. Public-private partnerships will have to be the cornerstone for this initiative,” said Dallas Park and Recreation Board President Arun Agarwal. “The Dallas Park and Recreation Board is thrilled to help build a new 18-acre Community Park with our partner, Fair Park First. The design team for this is world-class, and the process has been very inclusive. This park truly encompasses amenities that will benefit the community for decades to come.”
The Community Park Complex design has reached a milestone, transitioning into its final phase of design, permitting, and construction documentation. With community input, the design process has been an extensively collaborative project led by landscape architect firm Studio MLA and global design firm Gensler. Key partners on the project include Studio Outside, AGWms_studio, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, Turner Construction, VCC, Con-Real, Rise360, K Strategies, and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.
The Community Park will feature numerous free and accessible amenities, including Wi-Fi, water play, a full-scale outdoor performance stage, a dog park, outdoor cafes, exercise equipment, inclusive playgrounds, and custom play structures, all with diverse native landscaping and shade woven across the site. The primary goal of the Community Park is to be a world-class park that creates gathering and recreational space for South Dallas, while serving as an attraction to visitors from across the region.
“Encouraging play and physical activity are vital to the overall health of our community, and what better way to do so than to provide a new, vibrant 18-acre Community Park,” said Ron Kirk, former Dallas Mayor and current Unity Co-Chair for the Fair Park Your Park Campaign. “I am proud to serve as Co-Chair on this capital campaign to raise the needed funds for this park. We know this new community asset will contribute to healthier, brighter, and stronger futures for the neighborhoods and beyond.”
The Community Park Complex is the signature component of Phase 1 of the 2020 Fair Park Master Plan Update and the Fair Park Your Park Campaign. Under the leadership of the Fair Park First board and leadership team, the Community Park Complex has raised $25 million toward the campaign goal of $93 million.