"Moving the System Forward": Once More, City to Hold Dallas Parks Summit at Fair Park

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One years ago, when Mayor Mike Rawlings was merely Park Board President Mike Rawlings, the city held its first-ever Dallas Parks Summit at the Music Hall at Fair Park. By way of invite in 2010, ad man Rawlings said this:
"Walt Disney once said he didn't want the public to see the world where they live when they were at Disneyland. He wanted them to feel they were in another world. Parks can do that for you too. They are places to get lost in the beauty of play, in the serenity of the grounds, in the escape of the outdoors where the boundaries are large and the horizon is distant."
Inspirational words aside, these are tough times for the parks system: Park and Rec wants to fill in the city's antiquated public pools and replace them with aquatic centers we can't quite afford; Mary Suhm's looking to privatize park clean-up; and then there's the whole Standing Wave debacle. (Speaking of park maintenance: On its bids website at this very moment, the city is looking for a contractor with whom it can sign a 36-month-long service contract. Renegade tree-trimmers need not apply.)

Hence the second Dallas Parks Summit, this one titled "Moving the System Forward," which is fast approaching: November 5 at the Music Hall again, beginning at 8 in the a.m. The agenda for the day's event is posted here, and it's an intriguing mixtape of Unfair Park best-ofs: the 2012 bond program, the Dallas Bike Plan, another look at the Aquatics Master Plan, park graffiti abatement, the city's trails system, a guided Fair Park tour offered by the great Willis Winters and myriad programs designed to get regular folks to serve as volunteer advocates for their neighborhood parks.

And I see Bill Lively's also on the agenda in his position as University of North Texas Vice Chancellor for Strategic Partnerships. He's leading a session titled "Positioning for the Future," which, says the program "will address the ever-changing City of Dallas demographics and feature the four P's to position the Dallas park system for the future: Purpose, Plan, People and Promotion."

The event's free. But you do have to register. And, again, do that here.
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12 comments
engmofo
engmofo

BTW can you cite one instance of a city reconsidering their decision ?

Gangy
Gangy

This meeting sounds like a continuation of the City Council retreat.

engmofo
engmofo

We shall be there with our booth entitled "Where's My Fucking Skatepark"

Paul Adams
Paul Adams

"fill in the city's antiquated public pools"

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

That is not a bad idea, if only because all the people with whom you'd want to address that subject will be there, from the mayor to all the Park and Rec higher-ups.

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Paul Adams, looks like you've hit on the solution.

City deeds antiquated pools to sK8 Kids and they get all Dogtown and Z-Boys ...

engmofo
engmofo

Call me cynical Robert but better men than me have already been down that path before , back when the City actually had $$ & someone offered to pay for the whole thing. A piece of land could not be found then, so why would we be under any illusion that these guys would even consider doing anything now?

engmofo
engmofo

Jeff I wouldn't comment on things you obviously know nothing about. I & my friends are all over 30 ( some of us 40 & 50) apart from the odd backyard pool we would love a skatepark. The main reason you will see "kids" on the streets is the complete lack of places to go. Other more forward looking cities are building them aplenty

Jeff Popenoe
Jeff Popenoe

You won't skate where "the man" tells you anyway!! Your attitude is the reason why City's are changing their minds about building skate parks.

engmofo
engmofo

Or they could give it to us & we DIY it for about $5,000

engmofo
engmofo

Could be done for about $20,000 or less each,in other words we could get 2 for the same price as some asshole motivational speaker.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Your cynicism is justified. But don't let it stop you: Occupy Empty Dallas Swimming Pools.

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