A plan to put the operation and management of Fair Park into private hands and spare it from decades of decline has cost Dallas years of arguing and months of hard consideration.
But, at last, City Hall appears to have picked a winner to run the park on a day-to-day basis and, hopefully, bring people and their money to South Dallas year-round.
It’s not a done deal, though. Both the Park Board and the City Council must approve the plan, and plenty of debate remains.
The winning bidder is a group that includes the nonprofit Fair Park First and Spectra, a Comcast-owned food-and-entertainment company that manages 319 properties around the country.
Their proposal was one of three submitted to the city last year by groups hoping to get the keys to Fair Park and its expansive collection of crumbling but treasured art deco buildings.