Dallas Spending $500,000 For New Parks Master Plan

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Ever since it opened in downtown Dallas nearly two years ago, Klyde Warren Park has been the crown jewel of the Dallas parks system.

However, the 5.2-acre park alone isn’t enough to keep up with the city’s growing population and demand for more green space.

So in search of the next “big idea”, the city voted in May to pay the consulting firm of Wallace Roberts & Todd nearly $500,000  to update the park department’s comprehensive master plan.

The last time the city developed such as master plan, the “Renaissance Plan”, was in 2002.

Councilman Lee Kleinman said the city needs to be creative as resources and space are limited.

“We can’t grow out anymore,” he said. “So when you are looking at space and open space you got to look at everything that is there that you can turn into a park.”

Tuesday night the city held two public input meetings focused on determining what recreational activities resident want the city’s parks department to provide.

More input meetings are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The updated parks master plan won’t be complete for another year.

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