DALLAS — As Dallas strives to become a greener city, Mayor Eric Johnson believes that parks, trails and open green spaces could make that possible. An inclusive coalition for these efforts was officiated last week. The Dallas Parks Coalition was created earlier this year with a vision of bringing communities and organizations together to support a greener and more equitable city.

“The focused advocacy of the Dallas Parks Coalition will give Dallas a competitive advantage,” according to Johnson.

The coalition comprises green space advocates, friends groups, public and private partnerships, parks-focused nonprofit organizations and park users.

“Great cities need and deserve great parks,” said Johnson. “And now is the time to take this city’s efforts to make Dallas greener and greater for all to the next level.”

The coalition has made the following their primary focus areas:

  • Supporting all Dallas parks and green spaces and advocating to fund these projects in the 2024 Bond Package, which is to be approved by Dallas City Council and Dallas voters.
  • Amplify and support the Dallas City Council, Community Bond Task Force, and staff efforts to promote Dallas parks, trails and green spaces.
  • Educate the public and elected officials about how parks, trails and open spaces create healthier communities that support economic growth and environmental integrity with a strong return on investment. They drive economic growth, quality of life, and robust community.

Johnson wants to build Dallas up to have the best park system in Texas.