New Fair Park Community Greenspace Plans Unveiled – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

The effort to bring a major upgrade to the home of the State Fair of Texas and revitalize the South Dallas community reached a major milestone on Thursday.

Designs revealed Thursday detail plans for the 14-acre community park set to be built on Fair Park’s larger parking lot. This lot, built decades ago on a site that was once neighborhood homes seized by the city, was created as a buffer between Fair Park and the predominantly black neighborhood that surrounds it.

Renderings released Thursday morning detailed the design of Blackland Prairie — the result of months of community meetings and planning, according to Fair Park First, a nonprofit organization responsible for the stewardship and upkeep of Fair Park.

Planned features include gardens, picnic areas, community stage and pavilion, playgrounds, dog park, market grove, water features and various outdoor spaces.


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The park, located off South Fitzhugh Avenue between Exposition Avenue and Lagow Street, will be free of fences and open to everyone. Organizers say this is an effort to help heal the past and welcome the community back to the park.

“We don’t see the park as having one main entrance. We see him interact with all four sides in different ways. Then, once you enter the park, we want to provide a different experience with all the elements that invite you to move through the space,” said Darren James, President and President of Fair Park First, in a statement from hurry.

“I wanted to create a regional raffle, but I wanted to make sure that people who live just across the street feel as welcome and at home as anyone from across the street. Metroplex,” James said in an interview with The Dallas Morning News.

Plans will continue to be defined through early summer 2022, with design development, construction documentation and clearance to follow. The plan is to launch the project in early 2023 with the park opening in fall 2024, according to the statement.



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An $85 million fundraising campaign to fund the project continues, with The News reporting that an announcement on the campaign’s progress is expected in the coming weeks.

The community park is the cornerstone of the city’s master plan to revitalize the 277-acre Fair Park, which was approved in October 2020.

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