A wealth of opportunity lies in Fair Park. Ranked as America’s 18th most-visited city park by The Trust for Public Land – the only Dallas park appearing on the list – we have in the heart of our city the type of area that landscape architects are attempting to recreate all over the country, with nearly 300 acres of infinite prospects. Fair Park could and should be a beautiful, capably-governed, well-marketed urban treasure that is financially equipped to succeed now and for generations to come. An intricate system of issues, including misconceptions around park safety, the lack of a cohesive governing body, inadequate funding and the general absence of green space in what is technically the city’s largest park, have served as barriers to realizing Fair Park’s potential as a premier urban park. The Park and Recreation Department has done well in managing the park with the resources allotted, but there is jurisdictional confusion with other groups and agencies who have scheduling responsibilities at Fair Park. The park simply hasn’t been afforded the investment it needs to flourish. The time is right to make that investment.

In 2013, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings assembled the Fair Park Task Force to examine the future of Fair Park and make recommendations that would address these longstanding challenges and help realize real improvements. Mayor Rawlings’ call to action was to develop a strategy that would capitalize on the many strengths of Fair Park and enable it to reach its full potential. The plan that follows is the result of 11 months of comprehensive research, weekly meetings and intensive evaluation of how to effect true change in an area that should be the pride of Dallas and a national inspiration.

Read the Report of the Mayor’s Fair Park Task Force – September 2014