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Dallas is Building ‘Trinity River Park,’ the Biggest Urban Park in America

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Everything is bigger in Texas, including the parks. The city of Dallas recently announced plans to build the largest urban park in America. Dubbed The Trinity River Park, the green space features a jaw-dropping 10,000 acres of forests, great lawns, playgrounds and riverside trails.

Bravo, Dallas. The massive undertaking helps take Dallas another step forward in its quest to become a “greener” city. Even more brilliant, the area actually consists of a floodplain. Development of the Trinity River Park helps contain potentially dangerous floodwaters and turn an otherwise dangerous area “from a natural disaster into a breathtaking spectacle,” according to developers.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The huge undertaking joins parts of the Great Trinity Forest already developed for use. Those include a massive golf course, horse park and children’s nature center.

The whole project hasn’t received too much attention just yet. That’s because the city’s government broke it up into separate, manageable sections instead of one giant project. A prominent Dallas-area family donated $50 million to the project, and another $30 from a bond package insures the project moves along quickly.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

Area residents will be able to access the park in as little as a 10-minute drive from downtown Dallas. Parts of the park are already in operation, while the rest will hopefully come in the next year or two. It’s a very cool time to be a Texan, particularly in Dallas.

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Dallas is Building ‘Trinity River Park,’ the Biggest Urban Park in America