First Look at Proposal to Re-Imagine Fair Park

The Dallas Park Board got its first look on Thursday at a proposal by group “Fair Park First” on how they plan to re-imagine Fair Park.

Their bid, which beat out two others, aims to turn a portion of the 277 acre park into a so-called “community park” that will focus more on attracting day to day traffic.

Private management company Spectra, owned by NBC 5 parent company Comcast, will manage the park and hopes to raise its stature as a place for sports, concerts and events.

“From what we’ve seen, we definitely think we can enhance the experience out there by driving new events,” Peter Zingoni, VP of Business Development with Spectra said.

As part of the proposal, a New York based redevelopment company would look at ways to add green space and handle plans for the new community park.

“We’ve heard very strongly from mayor (Rawlings) people that it’s the mayor’s desire to add green space, make green out of grey in affect,” Dan Biederman, President of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures said.

The State Fair of Texas says they too are pleased by what they have seen so far and expect to remain at Fair Park for decades to come.

“We are excited to see where the discussions go, we’ve had great meetings so far,” Karissa Condoianis, VP of Communications with the State Fair of Texas said.

Final plans and details for any changes have yet to be finalized. The Dallas Park Board will vote on the proposal in September, which includes a 20-year contract with “Fair Park First”.

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