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Posted on: August 2, 2021

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See what's happening around Dallas in our Park and Recreation Communities. Find the latest edition of the Park Maintenance & Operations Community Newsletter HERE! 

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Posted on: July 26, 2021

Dallasites Favor New Dog Park at Griggs Park

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The results are in! Griggs Park is being considered as the site for Dallas' fifth off-leash dog park. Dallas Park and Recreation received more than 300 responses to a survey asking patrons if they favor having an off-leash park near or within Gri...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

Park & Recreation Staff Saves a Baby from a Burning Car

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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is so proud of our fast acting Park Maintenance employee, Mr. Tim Ray. In May of 2020, the quick-thinking actions of this dedicated park maintenance employee forever changed a family’s life. After witnes...

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Posted on: July 19, 2017

Park Champions Wanted – Why Dallas Needs Park Advocates

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play a central role in the overall health and well-being of America’s citiesand the residents who live in them. Dallas, like most large urban cities, is
rapidly growing and changing. Huge construction projects, major freeway andinter...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Stone Table Restoration Underway!

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In 1931, the City of Dallas built White Rock Lake’s first picnic pavilion and picnic grounds known today as the Stone Tables. This area serves tens of thousands of Dallas area residents a year as one of the most popular open air rental facilitie...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Dallas Park and Recreation receives $20,000 for pollinator awareness and education


Dallas Park and Recreation has received $20,000 to promote pollinator awareness and education as part of Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation.

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

National park and recreation award recognizes Dallas Park and Recreation manager

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Daryl Quarles, park manager for senior programs, and Carol Zernial, executive director for the WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF), are recipients of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-NRPA Award for Health Equity Award given by the National Recrea...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Summer 2020 Programs - Postponed to 2021

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After careful consideration and the current Dallas County report of record high COVID-19 daily numbers, Dallas Park and Recreation Department has determined it is in the best and safest interest of participants and staff that the following programs are ca...

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Posted on: May 28, 2020

Dallas is a Finalist for 2020 National Gold Medal Award

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Dallas Park and Recreation Department is a finalist for the 2020 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. This prestigious national honor is presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPR...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Summer Programs Postponed

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Dallas Park and Recreation professionals are among those who confront Dallas’s most pressing health, environmental and social challenges with innovative programs and activities for everyone.

With the recent rise of Covid 19 cases, Dallas Park and...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Phase II Reopening of Dallas Parks

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As the response to the COVID-19 emergency continues, please know that we are taking all necessary steps to ensure the public’s and employee safety while implementing the phased re-opening plan. After briefings to the Park and Recreation Board al...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Dallas Park & Recreation to reopen some facilities with usage restrictions.


On May 1, Dallas reopens golf courses, tennis facilities and resumes some outdoor activities with specific usage restrictions 

(DALLAS) – City of Dallas golf courses, tennis facilities, Elm Fork range and some outdoor fee-based programs ...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Dallas Park and Recreation 2018-2019 Annual Report

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The department’s 2018 annual report “Sharing Your Leisure Moments” showcases the benefits of recreation and leisure programs through the camera lenses of residents and visitors.

Dallas Park and Recreation invited amateur and p...

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2018-2019 Annual Report News & Info
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Dallas' Best Kept Secret Parks!

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Whether you were born and raised in Dallas or you’ve recently moved here from another city, you most likely already know that Dallas has beautiful parks and trails to visit. While some destinations are well known, there are other sites that you ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Important information regarding Coronavirus


City officials along with Texas Department of State Health Services are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the outbreak. Visit the City of Dallas website at

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Temporary Changes for Katy Trail Users


To manage the increasing number of Katy Trail users and encourage physical distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, Dallas Park and Recreation will implement a trail management strategy that gives visitors access to the trail on specific days according to...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts on Dallas Park & Recreation


In coordination with the emergency declarations the Dallas Park and Recreation Department is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and has developed a plan based on the recommendations from health officials to ensure every preca...

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Posted on: November 5, 2019

Pacific Plaza Park in Downtown Dallas

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The Pacific Plaza park, 3.7 acres in the downtown core, opened to the public Monday after more than a decade long effort between public and private entities. The park transforms what was once a parking lot into a walkable green space near Pacific Avenue a...

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Posted on: July 19, 2019

Wildflower Areas

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The Dallas Park and Recreation Department receives several calls concerning the mowing of wildflowers throughout the parks system. There are several factors that attribute to the maintenance of wildflowers this season.

Wildflower areas in parks are identif...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

He made Dallas put its money where its parks are!

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He made Dallas put its money where its parks are, but now this native son is leaving City Hall.

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Sting of the Texas Spring

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Every time it rains, May through June, little mounds of dirt pop up all over the place.  Everyone knows what they are, or they quickly (and usually painfully) figure out what those mounds contain.  They contain fire ants, specifically th...

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Posted on: January 25, 2019

2017-2018 Annual Report

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Annual report tells how parks and recreation programs enrich Dallas communities

Using photos and infographics, Dallas Park and Recreation Department's annual report vividly captures how parks, conservation programs, and recreational activities create desir...

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Posted on: February 28, 2019

5 Mile Creek Master Plan Approved By Dallas Park Board

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Five Mile Creek Greenbelt Project gets go ahead from city officials for new trails, parks in southern Dallas communities

(DALLAS) — Dallas Park and Recreation Board approved the Five Mile Creek Urban Greenbelt masterplan that will create an inter...

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