Dallas Aims to Be One of the Greenest Cities in U.S. with New Urban Nature Park


Dallas is set to create a “Nature District” of more than 10,000 acres within an area called the Trinity River Corridor. The immense project serves as notice that the city is serious about greening their surroundings. Upon completion, the district would be 10 times the size of Central Park. The plan is organized around three separate projects, the crown jewel being the Trinity River Park.

Currently, the Trinity River is isolated from the public due to large stretches of undeveloped area. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has been charged with designing the park, which will help create a cohesive, green space for Dallas' citizens to enjoy. The firm will essentially transform a large flood plain into a space with playgrounds, nature trails, and open lawns. At the same time, the work will minimize flooding. Partially due to a $50 million donation in late October, the park is seeing a big push toward completion.

Aside from the park, 1,000 acres have already been developed into the Trinity Forest Golf Club, the Texas Horse Park, and the Trinity River Audubon Center. The Audubon Center, which as been in operation since 2008, is already a touchstone of environmental science education for area children, teaching about 25,000 students a year. By next summer a bike path that leads from downtown Dallas to this section of the district should be complete. The last piece of the puzzle is the Trinity Strand Trail, which aims to connect 73 miles of trails. Several miles have already opened last summer, with an aim to connect the Katy Trail with the Trinity River. All told, the project provides a shining example of how green space can be revitalized sensitively for community use.

Here's what Trinity River Park looks like right now.


Renderings show the dramatic transformation the space will undergo.




via [Inhabitat]

All images via Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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