New Park Breaks Ground in the West End Historic District

New Park Breaks Ground in the West End Historic District

Corgan and Downtown Dallas, Inc. Foundation commit $400,000 to West End Square

DALLAS, TEXAS, January 13, 2020 – Parks for Downtown Dallas, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the community gathered today at Dallas City Hall to celebrate the start of Downtown’s newest park – West End Square. What is currently a surface parking lot will soon be the only centrally-located green space in the West End Historic District.

Corgan has committed a $100,000 donation toward construction of the park. The Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Foundation has committed $300,000 to ensure a water feature is included in the park. “Strong public-private partnerships involving community leaders like Corgan and Downtown Dallas, Inc. are critical to help the City of Dallas create four new Downtown parks,” commented Amy M. Meadows, CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas. “This shared vision will result in a network of parks that stitch our urban neighborhoods together and contribute to a more livable, environmentally sustainable future for Dallas.”

Steve Hulsey, President of Corgan said “We’re honored to have the opportunity to serve as a partner with the Parks of Downtown Dallas in creating spaces that bring people together and enhance our communities. At Corgan, we believe in the power of place—in the marriage of built environments and intentional outdoor spaces like this that shape a rich, vibrant streetscape and make a meaningful difference in our neighborhood and our lives. Corgan has a long history in the Dallas area and with more than 400 employees in the West End, we are excited to invest in shaping the urban fabric of the city where we live, work, and play.”

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations led the design of West End Square. The design features an outdoor workroom, porch swings, and a u-shaped steel trellis envisioned as a flexible armature for a plug-and-play approach to technologies that may be incorporated over time as the Square’s uses and needs evolve.

Kourtny Garrett, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. says “DDI is overjoyed to see West End Square, the second of four new priority parks for Downtown Dallas, come closer to a reality with this groundbreaking. The West End has long needed a community gathering green space, and we thank Parks for Downtown Dallas for making it happen with their generous matching gifts. We look forward to the completion of the remaining priority parks, which will give Downtown Dallas almost 14 acres new greenspace, helping to solidify the notion that Downtown is a true neighborhood. The DDI Foundation is pleased to make it’s very first grant to Parks for Downtown Dallas and West End Square for a water table that incorporates three different modes: a reflecting pool for still days, bubblers on windy days, and a cloud mist for cooling during hot days. The water feature will help make this innovative park welcoming to everyone living, visiting and working in Downtown Dallas.”

West End Square, a little less than one acre in size, is bound by Market Street to the east, Corbin Street to the south, North Record Street to the west and the old Spaghetti Warehouse building to the north. Park construction is estimated to take 12 months.

 

Virtual tour: http://bit.ly/WESvideo

For images and more informationhttp://bit.ly/WESquare2020

Image credit: © James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of Parks for Downtown Dallas and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

 

About Parks for Downtown Dallas

Parks for Downtown Dallas (PfDD) was established in 2015 when its predecessor organization, The Belo Foundation, pledged its assets to the design and construction of the four priority parks identified in the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update. PfDD has committed substantially all of its assets to help build the four priority parks with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and is dedicated singularly to the long-term development and support of public parks within Downtown. This includes funding, designing and constructing Pacific Plaza, West End Square, Carpenter Park and Harwood Park. www.parksfordowntowndallas.org

About Corgan

A top ten architecture and interior design firm ten years running, Corgan has a decades-long reputation for great customer service. Guided by the principles of empathy, clarity, singularity, locality, and responsibility, our unwavering commitment to our clients is rooted in a foundation of creating human-centric spaces that express the needs, desires, and dreams of our clients and their communities. Our work is based on evidence, experiential research, and hard data. We question deeply to reveal important insights into our clients and the evolving conditions that may impact the long-term value of the design. With an expertise in aviation, data centers, education, healthcare, corporate interiors, and commercial design, our strengths empower us to foresee emerging changes and provide solutions that elevate process, the space for the user, and the impact of design on your business. www.corgan.com

 

About Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination
  • Foster innovation and technology in all aspects of the urban experience

Program areas include public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. www.downtowndallas.com

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Dallas ISD Gives Final Approval for Downtown Montessori School

December 19, 2019 – Nearly a decade of work culminated tonight with the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees’ approval of a lease to house the only Dallas ISD elementary school in Downtown Dallas.  “DDI has worked for almost eight years on this school, which is a new endeavor for Dallas–a truly urban neighborhood school blended with a customized Montessori curriculum that leverages Downtown assets like Main Street Garden for learning, preferential enrollment for Downtown residents and employees, and all with a thoughtful socioeconomic balance,” commented Kourtny Garrett, Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s (DDI) President and CEO.  “The entire Downtown residential and corporate community has embraced this initiative and we’re so proud of the outcome of this partnership we have forged with Dallas ISD.”

As the stewards and advocates for Downtown Dallas, much of DDI’s work is guided by The 360 Plan¸ a data-driven strategic plan for the continued growth and development in Downtown.  As a transformative strategy in The 360 Plan, Downtown Dallas is envisioned to become a complete neighborhood, one in which residents’ economic, social, and personal needs are met via convenient access to employment, housing, recreation, goods and services, and education.  Recent data shows that the presence of young families in Downtown is growing, now including more than 400 children under the age of 13. Tonight, the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees took an unparalleled step towards creating a Downtown that meets the needs of those families that call it home with the approval of this elementary school.

Dallas ISD Board President Justin Henry commented “Downtown’s elementary school is long overdue.  I have been committed to supporting this project since I joined the board in 2018 after hearing from so many constituents how great this need truly is.  I am grateful to Downtown Dallas, Inc. for being such a great partner with Dallas ISD and an effective advocate for those downtown residents in this process.   DDI worked tirelessly alongside downtown residents for years to provide pro-bono assistance in the creation of this school.  They developed the initial proposal that included everything from the curriculum to the future PTA structure.  After DDI’s plan was selected by Dallas ISD through the office of transformation and innovation, DDI spent almost two years searching for a location and will continue to stay involved to help with marketing, beautification and maintenance, as well as making a $150,000 contribution to the school from their foundation.  This type of community engagement and partnership provides greater opportunities for our kids in District 9 and all of Dallas ISD.”

Enrollment will open in January 2020 for grades PreK3 through 2nd grade beginning in fall of that year.  Admittance will be weighted to provide preference for Downtown residents, followed by Dallas ISD residents that work Downtown, and then opened to the entire Dallas ISD community.  Each year, the attendance will grow by a grade level until the school ultimately serves students through 8th grade.  The current location at UNT System on Main Street will serve as a start-up location for the first few years until a permanent location is established in the same area.

 

About Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination
  • Foster innovation and technology in all aspects of the urban experience

 

For more, visit www.downtowndallas.com

 

Safety Patrol and Clean Team Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our recent Clean Team and Safety Patrol employees of the month! We appreciate all the hard work they do every day to keep Downtown clean and safe.

September Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Rudy Perez and Ryan Peterson

September Clean Team Employee of the Month: Lawanda Lee

October Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Daniel Blow and Anthony Alvarado

October Clean Team Employee of the Month: Fannie Foster

 

Request for Proposals: Field, Griffin, and Pearl Street Medians Landscape Renovations

You are invited to submit a proposal to renovate the medians on Field, Griffin and Pearl Streets in Downtown Dallas, Texas.  Submitters are required to use the official “Proposal Forms” provided. All proposals are to be submitted as a single document in sealed envelopes or packages showing the project title and proposer’s name and address.

RFP Field Griffin and Pearl St. Medians Landscape Renovations Complete Packet

 

Proposals shall be submitted to:

Downtown Dallas, Inc., Attn: Laura Tate, 901 Main Street, Suite 7100, Dallas, TX 75202

 

Proposals may also be submitted via email to tate@downtowndallas.com.

The timeline for proposal submissions is as follows:

December 6, 2019 – questions from proposers due

December 20, 2019  – proposals due

January 3, 2020 – estimated date of contract announcement

January 13, 2020 – contract start date

Please note that this letter does not constitute a guarantee on the part of Downtown Dallas, Inc. that a contract will be awarded. No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this request.

Should you have any questions concerning the preparation of your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Tate.