Preserving Dallas Parks Past

In collaboration with Friends of the Dallas Municipal Archives, University of North Texas, and the Portal to Texas History, the Dallas Parks Foundation seeks to digitize 1,400 photographic prints documenting City of Dallas parks and green spaces. The oblique aerial photos are an amazing record of the progress of the city’s efforts to obtain and develop parklands for the citizens of Dallas. The images, mostly made between 1948 and 1997, often show land development from time of acquisition through periodic improvements.

These aerial photos are invaluable to park planners who are restoring older parks to earlier grandeur. These photos are also a rich source of community history as they often show the neighborhoods fringing the parks. As a whole, they demonstrate the changing nature of Dallas parks over 50 years and provide a fascinating window into park planning and city history.

You can help with a donation to preserve the past. A minimum donation of $10 will preserve 3 photos. Likewise, the more you give the more digital images can be preserved in perpetuity within the Portal to Texas History website, the statewide digital library maintained by the University of North Texas.  You can give by clicking the donate button on this page.

Checks payable to Dallas Parks Foundation, MEMO: Preservation, should be mailed to: Dallas Parks Foundation 9540 Garland Road, Suite 381-117, Dallas, TX 75218.

Pictured: Griggs Park, circa 1949. Griggs is a 7.4 acre park. Established 1917.