Park Coming to Fair Park: Dallas City Council Approves Master Plan

One of the plan’s first priorities is to create a new community park, which will have free programming for children, adults and seniors.

Community members are one step closer to seeing a park at Fair Park after Dallas City Council approved the park’s master plan at a meeting Wednesday. The historic 277-acre park is best known as being the home of the State Fair of Texas from late September to October, but the city wants to attract events and community members from across North Texas year-round. Plus, the revitalization hopes to bring amenities within walking distance that the South Dallas community around Fair Park can enjoy. In 2018, the city approved the management of the park by private firm Spectra and nonprofit Fair Park First for $34.5 million. Those entities would manage the park for the first 10 years of a 20-year management agreement. The Parks and Recreation Board approved the master plan this year in June and it was approved Wednesday by City Council. The Fair Park Master Plan and Community plan aims to create a year-round destination and preserve the park’s legacy while bringing entertainment, culture and a welcoming place of opportunity for neighboring communities, according to the master plan presentation. Fair Park First says the revitalization will meet “the needs and interests of the current institutions at Fair Park, surrounding neighborhoods and park users from the DFW Metroplex.” Click to read more at