Posted on: January 18, 2017

Busy Beavers

Beaver

It’s winter, and the leaves and smaller trees haven fallen, providing the perfect tools for nature’s engineer to transform the landscape as few animals can. American beavers are very active right now but that wasn’t always the case.

In 1910, beavers ha...Read on...

Posted on: January 12, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Launches Health Cities Initiative

Healthy Cities Initiative

Dallas Park and Recreation is working with Baylor Scott & White Health and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to launch a new lifesaving initiative at three Dallas recreation centers.

The Healthy Cities initiative is a community-based program that promotes ...

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Posted on: January 12, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Senior Programs Gets a Boost

WellMed Donation

The Dallas Park and Recreation Senior Program Division received a generous donation to help fund its senior programs. 

The WellMed Charitable Foundation is donating more than $140,000 to ensure our senior programs are made available to all Dallas area...

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation is Hosting the 2017 Dallas Senior Games

2017 Senior Games

The Dallas Park and Recreation is hosting the 2017 Dallas Senior Games, after receiving funding to restore senior programs. Budget constraints forced the Department to host its last Senior Games back in 2009. That all changed last year, when the departmen...

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Senior Program Division Offering Drumming Class for Seniors

Drumming

The Dallas Park and Recreation Senior Program Division is working with the Dallas Public Library and the Office of Cultural Affairs to give the gift of music to our Active Seniors and Adult Program (ASAP) participants. Our Inspired Aging - Cultural Arts P...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Winter Brings an Increase in Coyote Sightings

Coyote

Winter has arrived in Dallas and that means an increase in coyote sightings.  Coyotes sightings increase as they search for food.  During this time, surviving coyote pups are anywhere from 7-8 months old and are going through a growth sp...

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Posted on: November 22, 2016

Needy Family Receives Thanksgiving Meal from Dallas Park and Recreation Staff

PITW Thanksgiving

The staff at Park in the Woods Recreation Center is making Thanksgiving possible for a family in need. Staff bought a turkey and ham and collected food donations so that the family could make a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. As you ...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

Dallas Teen Tech Center Hosts Grammy Camp

Grammy Camp

The Dallas Teen Tech Center hosted 39 local teenagers over the weekend for Grammy Camp. 

Participants practiced on their vocal performance while they focused on digital music and video production. In addition to working with other aspiring musicians, ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

2023 NRPA Annual Conference to Generate Millions for Dallas Economy

NRPA Logo

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Dallas), is pleased to announce that Dallas is hosting the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2023 Annual Conference.

“Th...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Fall Monarch Migration is Underway

Monarch Fall Migration

Now is a perfect time to enjoy our Dallas parks and if you’re luck you might see a monarch butterfly or two, as they make their annual trek back to Mexico. This showy species can be found throughout Dallas and are often attracted to the native plants in ...Read on...

Watch the progress of the 2016 Fall migration
Posted on: October 7, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation Department Receives National Accreditation

CAPRA Accreditation

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation in the field of parks and recreation. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CA...Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Think Again Before You Feed the Ducks

Feeding the Ducks

Over the years we’ve learned that wildlife feeding is not the best idea. In fact, wildlife feeding tends to be the cause of many problems.

Ducks and geese who are accustomed to being fed by people have no fear and are conditioned to be around people...Read on...

For more watch this FOX 4 report…
Posted on: August 24, 2016

Urban Biologist Working to Save Endangered Blackland Prairie

Native Blackland Prairie Small Final.jpg

The City of Dallas has some very unique natural resource assets. One of the most unique is the prairie remnant found around White Rock Lake. There are several different types of prairie plant communities found on the 14 remnants, but historically speaki...Read on...

For more information on our Urban Biologist...

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Busy Beavers

Beaver

Beavers provide good environmental services for our parks but they create some challenges and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is doing its part to minimize those.

It’s winter, and the leaves and smaller trees haven fallen, providing the perfect tools for nature’s engineer to transform the landscape as few animals can. American beavers are very active right now but that wasn’t always the case.

In 1910, beavers ha...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2016

Winter Brings an Increase in Coyote Sightings

Coyote

Winter has arrived in Dallas and that means an increase in coyote sightings. Coyotes sightings increase as they search for food.

Winter has arrived in Dallas and that means an increase in coyote sightings.  Coyotes sightings increase as they search for food.  During this time, surviving coyote pups are anywhere from 7-8 months old and are going through a growth sp...

Read on...

Posted on: September 12, 2016

Think Again Before You Feed the Ducks

Feeding the Ducks

Over the years we’ve learned that wildlife feeding is not the best idea. In fact, wildlife feeding tends to be the cause of many problems.

Over the years we’ve learned that wildlife feeding is not the best idea. In fact, wildlife feeding tends to be the cause of many problems.

Ducks and geese who are accustomed to being fed by people have no fear and are conditioned to be around people...Read on...

For more watch this FOX 4 report…
Posted on: August 24, 2016

Urban Biologist Working to Save Endangered Blackland Prairie

Native Blackland Prairie Small Final.jpg

Dallas Park and Recreation received help from three of the state’s top plant and prairie experts to conduct a formal assessment of White Rock’s prairie remnants. Read how the department is working to improve the conditions of this endangered ecosystem.

The City of Dallas has some very unique natural resource assets. One of the most unique is the prairie remnant found around White Rock Lake. There are several different types of prairie plant communities found on the 14 remnants, but historically speaki...Read on...

For more information on our Urban Biologist...
Posted on: April 17, 2016

Snake Season is Upon Us

Snake Season

Spring is here and outdoor activity is at its peak in Dallas parks and on trails. While you are out, keep in mind that if it feels really good to you, it probably feels really good for a lot of wild animals. That of course includes snakes.

Spring is here and outdoor activity is at its peak in Dallas parks and on trails. While you are out, keep in mind that if it feels really good to you, it probably feels really good for a lot of wild animals. That of course includes snakes.

Once the a...Read on...

Posted on: June 17, 2016

Citizen Scientists Help Us Inventory Park Ecosystems at BioBlitz

BioBlitz Feature

Some 34 citizens joined the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for its first ever BioBlitz

Some 34 citizens joined the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for its first ever BioBlitz on Saturday, June 11.

It was all in an effort to provide a fun, nature educational outreach experience and help generate an inventory of the diverse ecosystem...Read on...

Learn more about the iNaturalist project!
Posted on: June 3, 2016

Become a Citizen Scientist at BioBlitz

BioBlitz1

Nature lovers, now’s your chance to become a volunteer Citizen Scientist for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation. Join us Saturday, June 11 for our first ever BioBlitz.

Nature lovers, now’s your chance to become a volunteer Citizen Scientist for the City of Dallas Park and Recreation. Join us and other citizen scientists Saturday, June 11 for our first ever BioBlitz. Learn and inventory different species of vegetation an...Read on...

REGISTER NOW...
Posted on: March 24, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation has sprung into spring

Wildflower Area

As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.

As you head out this weekend to celebrate Easter with family and friends, we want to personally invite you to visit our Dallas parks and trails. Our Park Maintenance Services Division has been working hard to roll out the red, or green carpet for you.
...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2016

City of Dallas Park and Recreation Launches Pollinator Conservation Program

Monarch Pollinator

The pollinator conservation program will help the declining pollinator population and you too are encouraged to join in the effort.

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department announced details of a new pollinator conservation program today at Kiest Park. The new initiative promises to help the declining population of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and moths. The program was dev...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Dallas Park and Recreation Activates Feral Hog Abatement Program

Feral Hog

Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year.

Feral Hogs are a menace to our City and are causing tens of thousands of dollars in property damage every year. In response, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation is launching a new program that will trap them, reduce their numbers and reduce the destruc...Read on...

Feral Hog Abatement Briefing