Parks are vital to any city. Parks and green space promote interaction and citizen willingness to cooperate and work toward common goals, “social capital” as it is referred. Dallas has one of the largest municipal park systems in the nation consisting of 371 parks totaling 18,618 acres plus 4,400 surface acres of water. Unfortunately, tight budgets and changing priorities have reduced its stature.

A healthy parks system makes a substantial contribution to the quality of life in Dallas and the Dallas Parks Foundation is kicking it up a notch or two. They are starting a revival. A revival begins recovering the quality and prestige of the park system, regaining confidence and enthusiasm of our citizens, and repositioning Dallas parks as a state and national leader. To get us on the road to revival – awareness and support is key.

As FRI works to identify funding for our White Rock Hills Recreation Center, there are 3 things you can do that will help the Dallas Parks Foundation help us:

  1. Become a Charter Member of the Foundation Circle.  For a limited time Dallas Parks Foundation is offering this one-of-a-kind opportunity.  Visit – click on “Giving & Support” to learn more about becoming a Charter Member.  You can select from three giving levels.  For your convenience your contributions may be made in multiple payments.
  2. Spread the word.  Please share this e-mail message with at least 10 people (particularly Dallas citizens), and ask them to do the same.  Please point your friends to the Dallas Parks Foundation website and ask them to become a Charter Member.  Please use the power of your address book and the web to spread this message.
  3. Learn more.  To learn more, please . The site includes more Foundation information.  We are also listed on .