Does Fair Park Need a $50M Face Lift? Dallas City Council Could Let Voters Decide

After arriving at City Hall just days ago, newly minted Dallas City Council member Kevin Felder was not happy with the "paltry sum" of $5 million set aside for Fair Park in the proposed November bond package."I said, 'What is this?' Fair Park's new council member recounted Monday. Felder, aghast, told city staff, "This has got to change."He and Mayor Mike Rawlings backed more funding, and voters in November could decide whether to spend $50 million for a face lift and gut surgery in the aging 277-acre "crown jewel of the state," as Felder has called Fair Park. The funding proposal represents a significant investment in a park that is fading into the past and still has an uncertain and hotly debated future.But voters will decide on the item separately from all the other parks and maintenance projects. It's an indication that the Fair Park item will likely be the most controversial part of the bond election.  Continue reading...

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