Posted on: June 23, 2017

This July, Go on a Play Date with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department!

Park and Recreation Month

Get ready to get your play on this
July with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). <_o3a_p>

Since 1985, America has celebratedJuly as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Park Employee's Quick Action Saves A Life

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When Ivory Clark went to work on a Friday in May, he expected a routine day at the job. A pool technician for Dallas Park and Recreation, Clark had no idea that he would carry out an act of heroism. However, around 11:30 a.m., he found himself performing ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Youth Rugby finishes with a 1st place record

Youth playing Rugby

The Youth Rugby program was held at Juanita Craft Recreation Center. Our Dallas rugby boys
traveled to Austin to compete in their annual BLOODFEST 7s rugby tournament.They had 3 matches against San Marcos, San Antonio and Austin Huns youth rugby,
it w...

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Fair Park Community Meeting

Fair Park Meeting

The consulting team who will develop the City’s request for proposals is seeking citizen feedback for the management structure of the historic 277-acre park and special events venue. Consultants will explain the next steps in creating the formal bidding d...

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Posted on: June 19, 2017

Pollinator Week

Do you like to look at the pretty flowers, eat and breathe clean air?  If you said yes to any of these, thank a pollinator.  June 19th-25th is Pollinator Week for 2017.  Pollinators are the bees, butte...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Flag Pole Hill

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The United States flag has been temporarily removed at Flag Pole Hill at Doran Circle after routine inspections uncovered damage to the flag pole base. Removing the flag provides more stability to the structure. Park and Recreation staff will raise the fl...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Word from the Director: May 2017

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Dallas residents will likely be asked to consider an $800 million Capital Bond Program.  If approved by voters, the City issued debt will support key projects in five categories: Streets; Parks and Trails; Flood Control and Storm Drainage; Critic...

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Dallas Aquatics is Gearing Up for the Summer

2017 Activity Guide

Dallas Aquatics, a division of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, provides high quality aquatic programs that are safe, fun, affordable, and promote water safety all summer long.  Please join us as we gear up for another memorable season....

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Dallas Aquatics
Posted on: May 16, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation to Kickoff STREAM Summer Camp

Summer Camp

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department takes great pride in offering summer camp opportunities for youth. Our camps keep kids aged 5-12 engaged in a safe and fun environment. New this year, kids will focus on Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineerin...

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Dallas Park and Recreation Summer Camp
Posted on: April 26, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Statement on Geese Disappearing at White Rock Lake

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department received a citizen report that geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of animal life on park property.

“Dallas Park and Recreation ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Honors Volunteers at Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

2017 VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

This Saturday Dallas Park and Recreation will host the 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Approximately 400 volunteers are being recognized for their service. Twenty of those volunteers will receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. The P...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

It’s My Park Day Attracts Record Number of Volunteers

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Over the weekend, 1,019 volunteers joined Dallas Park and Recreation staff for It’s My Park Day. Every year residents, families, companies, homeowner associations and other civic groups join us in a citywide community service project, aimed at e...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

DFW Wins National “City Nature Challenge” Competition

Milkweed

Thank you, citizen scientists for making DFW the national winner of City Nature Challenge. Earlier this month we asked you to join us April 14 -18 in submitting pictures of plants, animals and other living organisms make up our diverse ecosystem, using th...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Word from the Director: April 2017

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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is among the largest municipal park systems in the country. We manage 393 parks spread over 18,341 acres of land, 155 miles of trails, 27 lakes, 42 recreation centers, six golf courses, five tennis centers, 17 com...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

City Nature Challenge

Native Blackland Prairie Small Final

Looking for a fun activity to get outside and enjoy nature?  If so, join us for the 2017 Nature City Challenge on April 14-18.  It’s a nationwide effort to get out, observe and document the incredible biological diversity found...

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Posted on: April 11, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Tennis Centers Statement

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"Dallas Park and Recreation Department recognizes the importance of Dallas tennis centers in contributing to active, healthy lifestyles and continue to support them as vital recreation components of our city.

The City of Dallas is currently going thro...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

Refurbished Baseball Field Reopens in Southeast Dallas

Pleasant Oaks Baseball Field Ribbon Cutting

Dallas Park and Recreation joined the Texas Rangers, Scotts and Major League Baseball to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Pleasant Oaks Park Baseball Field.

Pleasant Oaks is one of six youth ball field refurbishments that will take place duri...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Makes Advocate Magazine’s Best of 2017 List

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Dallas Park and Recreation is proud to announce that several of its parks and trails have been nominated for Advocate Magazine’s Best Of 2017 List.  Please help us win by voting for us today! Just click on the neighborhoods below and se...

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Posted on: March 30, 2017

Outdoor Adventures Camping Trip

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Outdoor Family to take 14 kids camping at Cedar Hill State Park over the weekend.

It’s all part of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department’s Outdo...

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Outdoor Adventures Camp Trip Photo Album
Posted on: March 27, 2017

Word from the Director: March 2017

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Spring is upon us, as the flowers appear on the earth, and the voice of the turtledove is heard once again. Now is a perfect time to visit our Dallas Parks. I invite you to take some time to be in nature and enjoy our beautiful parks, trails and open spac...

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Register for It's My Park Day
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Dallas Aquatics Partners with DISD to Offer Free Swim Training for Teens

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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has partnered with Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to offer free evening swim training at several DISD natatoriums. The program is designed for DISD middle and high school students, who didn’t ...

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Dallas Aquatics
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung at our Dallas Parks

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Spring has arrived in Dallas. The temperatures are rising and periodically dropping with an occasional spring storm in the forecast.  So what does this mean for nature in Dallas parks?

SnakesJust as the warm weather draws out people to the parks, ...

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation is Celebrating National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month and Dallas Park and Recreation is joining the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) in teaching Dallas families the importance of eating healthy and being active.

“An unprecedented number of children ...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation to Waive Recreation Fees for Seniors

WellMed Check Presentation

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is pleased to announce that all recreation fees associated with the Active Senior Adult Programs (ASAP) will be waived for one year, thanks to a new partnership with WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF).

WellMed Cha...

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Thanks WellMed Charitable Foundation
Posted on: March 6, 2017

Kiest Park receives Lone Star Legacy Award

Kiest Park

Kiest Park is among five Texas parks honored with designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) in a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in Irving.

“This is a great recognition for Dallas and our park s...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

A Word from the Director: February 2017

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A big thank you for all participants for making our 2017 Dallas Senior Games a huge success. More than 300 senior participants have spent the week competing in 12 different competitive sports and over 32 different events, including, swimming, basketball, ...

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Posted on: February 27, 2017

New Historic Panels at Opportunity Park Celebrate Influential African Americans

Opportunity Park

In observance of Black History Month, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department unveiled the South Dallas Community Historic Panels at Opportunity Park on Friday, February 24, 2017.  

“The four new panels represent the history of the Afr...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Department Receives Honors

Preservation Achievement Award

Dallas Park and Recreation Department is being recognized by Preservation Dallas for its restoration on the Hamilton Park Pavilion and the Lee Park Roque Courts.

“The annual Preservation Achievement Awards distinguish outstanding commitments in s...

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Harry S. Moss Prairie Restoration

HM Park Restoration

In being good stewards to the land, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is looking for ways to better manage our limited natural resources on city park properties. Much is made of the blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, but those remnants...

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For more information on our restoration efforts
Posted on: February 1, 2017

Love at First Sight

Some say it was love at first sight for two Senior Club participants at the K.B. Polk Recreation Center, but it depends who you ask. 

Mrs. Vera Reese is a longtime Senior Club participant, who recently married Mr. Albert Walker, another Senior Clu...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Department Launches Park Ranger Program

Park Rangers

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has a new team committed to providing the highest standards of public safety to ensure residents have a fun and safe experience while visiting our Dallas parks, trails and facilities.

“The Dallas Park and...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Smell the Flowers: Thank You for Not Smoking at our Dallas Parks

Smoking Ban

This past November, the Dallas City Council voted to approve a smoking ban on park property with some exceptions. Beginning March 1 it will be illegal to smoke at our City of Dallas parks and trails.

“We encourage the community to join us in maki...

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Word from the Director: January 2017

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The New Year brings with it a fresh start, new opportunities, new hope and promises for all the things that are yet to come. It also allows us to reflect on the prior year. And, 2016 was a good year for the Dallas Park & Recreation Department. &nb...

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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 promo...

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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 ...

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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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Register Today!
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 musicia...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

2023 NRPA Annual Conference to Generate Millions for Dallas Economy

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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

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: 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: 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

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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 23, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Department Launches Park Ranger Program

Park Rangers

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has a new team committed to providing the highest standards of public safety to ensure residents have a fun and safe experience while visiting our Dallas parks, trails and facilities.

“The Dallas Park and...

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Posted on: June 21, 2017

Fair Park Public Meeting

Fair Park Meeting

A meeting to get public input on the future of Fair Park is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 26.

The consulting team who will develop the
City’s request for proposals is seeking citizen feedback for the managementstructure of the historic 277-acre park and special events venue. Consultants
will explain the next steps in creating the fo...

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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Pollinator Week

Do you like to look at the pretty flowers and breathe clean air? If you said yes, thank a pollinator.

June 19th-25th is Pollinator Week for 2017.  Pollinators are the bees, butterflies, birds, beetles and bats that help pollinate 75% of all flowing plants.  The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department actively work...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Dallas Park and Recreation Statement on Geese Disappearing at White Rock Lake

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department received a citizen report that geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of animal life on park property.

Dallas Park and Recreation Department received a citizen report that geese are disappearing from White Rock Lake. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 if they witness the theft or abuse of animal life on park property.

“Dallas Park and Recreation proactivel...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

DFW Wins National “City Nature Challenge” Competition

Milkweed

Thank you, citizen scientists for making DFW the national winner of City Nature Challenge. Earlier this month we asked you to join us in submitting pictures of plants, animals and other living organisms that make up our diverse ecosystem.

Thank you, citizen scientists for making DFW the national winner of City Nature Challenge. Earlier this month we asked you to join us April 14 -18 in submitting pictures of plants, animals and other living organisms make up our diverse ecosystem, using th...

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Posted on: April 12, 2017

City Nature Challenge

Native Blackland Prairie Small Final

Looking for a fun activity to get outside and enjoy nature? If so, join us for the 2017 Nature City Challenge on April 14-18. It’s a nationwide effort to get out, observe and document the incredible biological diversity found within the city.

Looking for a fun activity to get outside and enjoy nature?  If so, join us for the 2017 Nature City Challenge on April 14-18.  It’s a nationwide effort to get out, observe and document the incredible biological diversity found within th...

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Posted on: March 20, 2017

Spring Has Sprung at our Dallas Parks

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Spring has arrived in Dallas. So what does this mean for nature in Dallas parks?

Spring has arrived in Dallas. The temperatures are rising and periodically dropping with an occasional spring storm in the forecast.  So what does this mean for nature in Dallas parks?

SnakesJust as the warm weather draws out people to the parks, ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Harry S. Moss Prairie Restoration

HM Park Restoration

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has identified the prairie remnant at Harry S. Moss Park as a priority for restoration.

In being good stewards to the land, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is looking for ways to better manage our limited natural resources on city park properties. Much is made of the blackland prairie remnants at White Rock Lake, but those remnants...

Read on...

For more information on our restoration efforts
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

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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: 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

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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: 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
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: 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: 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.
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