Jan 4, 2022 - News

Dallas wants to build its own Central Park

A rendering of a "central park" of Dallas
A rendering of what the North Dallas park could look like. Photo courtesy of city of Dallas

A planned 20-acre park will be a centerpiece of a massive tourist attraction at the Valley View mall site in North Dallas.

  • City officials refer to the new hypothetical area as an "international district."

Why it matters: The park would increase access to green space for residents in the area and serve as a tourist draw, city staff told council members during an economic development committee briefing Monday.

What they’re saying: "Think Chicago and Millennium Park or Central Park in New York City," Social Impact Architects CEO Suzanne Smith told committee members during the briefing.

Driving the news: The city purchased a property on Peterson Lane last year as part of the plan to buy five parcels of land for the park development.

  • "This is a really exciting thing that’s gonna happen," council member Omar Narvaez said at the time, according to People Newspapers.

Flashback: Dallas City Council adopted a strategic plan for the redevelopment of the mall and the surrounding area in 2013.

The big picture: The planned park would be just one part of a larger redevelopment stretching from the Galleria to the Valley View site, north of Interstate 635.

  • Only 14% of North Dallas residents currently have a park within a 10-minute walk from their homes.

Yes, but: The project, which has been planned since Iron Man 3 was in theaters, is still a long way away from being completed. And there are still properties yet to be bought to make way for the development.

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