“Dallas Parks & Urban Spaces” by The Dallas Architecture Forum

Dallas Architecture Forum, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about architecture, design, and the urban environment, will continue its 2016-2017 panel discussion series on March 21, 2017 “Dallas Parks and Urban Spaces” moderated by Lois Finkelman, former chairman of the Dallas Park Board and the National Park and Recreation Association (NRPA) and a member of the Dallas City Council.

Panels are offered free of charge to both members of the forum and the general public as the forum’s public relations work. Visit us for a cold drink and a lively dialogue!

The new venue for the panel series for this season is the Dallas Black Dance Theater Building just behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located on the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201.

Free parking is available between the DBDT building and the Fellowship Church, which is east of the DBDT building.

The panel discussion is FREE and will take place at 6.30 p.m. Free drinks are available from 6.15 p.m. No reservations are required to participate. A CEU AIA credit is available.

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is excited to present this next panel in its 2016-17 series of thought-provoking panel discussions on issues that affect Dallas citizens both locally and globally,” said Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the forum. “Host Lois Finkelman will be joined by panelists as they discuss the dramatic growth of parks and public spaces in downtown Dallas and reflect on what Dallas parks will be like over the next 20 years.”

Finkelman’s panelists for this program include the following distinguished community leaders and subject matter experts:

Robert DECHERD, Chairman of the Parks for Downtown Dallas Foundation and past chairman of AH Belo Corporation.

Robert KENT, North Texas Area Director for the Trust for Public Land.

Janette K. Monear , President and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation.

Willis WINTER, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Dallas.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum or the panel discussion series, please visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

The forum’s panel season sponsors are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, John Eagle Dealers, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy + Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates, WDG Architecture, and Impact Outdoor Advertising Janet Kafka and staff.

Lois Finkelman
“Dallas Parks and Public Spaces”

March 21, 2017
Tuesday, 6.30 p.m., informal reception at 6.15 p.m.

Venue: NOTE NEW LOCATION

Dallas Black Dance Theater, 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201

Behind One Arts Plaza, on the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way,

Entry on Ann Williams Way. Free parking is available between the DBDT building and the Fellowship Church east of the Dallas Black Dance Theater

Dallas Parks have grown significantly in importance over the past twenty years under solid public and private leadership. This happens in one of the most exciting periods of modern city history, when parks no longer exist in the inner city and on the outskirts of the city, but have become important economic engines for the entire urban fabric. This renaissance was fueled by forward-thinking local officials, public-private partnerships like the Dallas Park Foundation and Woodall Rogers Park Foundation-Klyde Warren (one of the best non-prescription mood elevators in town), and other savvy, resourceful, and corporate groups.

Where Will Dallas Parks Go In The Next 20 Years? Learn and discuss with us more about this important topic in our panel discussion, moderated by Lois Finkelman, former chairman of the Dallas Park Board and the NRPA (National Park and Recreation Association) and a member of the city council. She will be accompanied by panelists who are involved in running public parks in Dallas and working to shape the future of the city.

About the moderator:

Lois Finkelman has been a volunteer citizen for over four decades. She was a member of the Dallas City Council and President of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board. She was the director of the National Recreation and Park Association for over 20 years and chaired that Washington, DC-based national organization for three years. She was involved in regional transportation planning and air quality issues through the North Central Texas Governing Council and was Chair of the Dallas Zoo Management Board for five years after the Dallas Zoo was privatized in 2009.

Ms. Finkelman currently serves on the executive committees of the State Fair of Texas and the Dallas Zoological Society. Other bodies she sits on include the Children’s Medical Center’s Associates Board, the Midtown Park Foundation, the University of Texas at the Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, the Trinity Commons Foundation, and the Archives of Women of the Southwest at the Southern Methodist University.

Panelists:

Robert DECHERD, Chairman of the Parks for Downtown Dallas Foundation and past chairman of AH Belo Corporation. Parks for Downtown Dallas (formerly the Belo Foundation) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to build four new, large parks in the city center. PfDD has committed $ 35 million to the city of Dallas to be allocated under the 2017 loan program to create Carpenter Park, Pacific Plaza, Harwood Park, and West End Plaza.

Robert KENT, North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land for people to ensure healthy, livable communities.

Janette K. Monear , President and CEO of the Texas Trees Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding and beautifying parks and public green spaces. To date, Texas Trees has planted over 510,000 trees in North Central Texas.

Willis WINTER, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation for the City of Dallas. Dallas has one of the largest urban park systems in the country with over 23,450 acres of parkland that includes 382 parks, 7 lakes, 4,650 acres of water and 145 kilometers of developed walking.

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