There's a new plan for Dallas' Fair Park making the rounds this week, one that would relegate the State Fair itself to a 84-acre section of the 277-acre park and tear down Gexa Energy Pavilion, and it has the State Fair worried.
State Fair of Texas State Fair rendering of the Di Mambro Plan
As things stand, the plan is just a radical re-imagining of potential Fair Park uses, designed by Boston architect Antonio Di Mambro and backed by former Trammel Crow CEO Don Williams. Williams ties the plan to D Magazine Publisher Wick Allison's Coalition for a New Dallas political action committee -- Williams sits on the PAC's steering committee. It wasn't designed under the auspices of the mayor, unlike the State Fair-supported 2014 plan that came from the Mike Rawlings-appointed Fair Park task force. That plan's biggest proposal would create a private nonprofit to oversee Fair Park, a change that hasn't yet been approved by the park board or Dallas City Council.More »