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Trinity River Park in Dallas on Track to Become the Largest Green Space in America

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Dallas, Texas is developing a $6 hundred million urban park which will be over 11 times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park upon completion, making it the largest urban nature park in the U.S. and the city and one of the greenest in the country. Currently under construction, the proposed plans for Trinity River Park include trails, playgrounds, and areas of vast green space, and will make use of an area which is a natural and chronic floodplain and develop it into what looks to be a green flourishing ideal.

Trinity River Park in Dallas on Track to Becoming the Largest Green Space in America

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In what is being termed Dallas’ new “Nature District”, Trinity River Park will comprise 10,000 acres, 7,000 of which will be called the Great Trinity Forest. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates the park concept looks to revitalize a Dallas floodplain into a usable and lush green space. Featuring a number of walkways, trees, sports fields, and other natural areas, the site appears to have great support and backing, and is hoped to progress without issue.

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Trinity River Park in Dallas on Track to Becoming the Largest Green Space in America

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has made note of major contributions to the project, including Annette Simmons, widow of late billionaire Harold Simmons, donating $50 million towards over 2 hundred acres of the project which is scheduled for completion by 2021. At a total cost of $250 million, Mrs. Simmons’ donation is one-fifth of the entire project, and subsequently, this particular portion of the green space will be called the Harold Simmons Park in honor of her late husband.

Trinity River Park in Dallas on Track to Becoming the Largest Green Space in America

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The design firm has stated that they’ve worked with government engineers to confirm the infrastructural soundness of the area, being a floodplain, in order that the park transforms natural flooding that takes place into “a breathtaking spectacle.” In addition, 1,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest has already been developed into a golf club, the Trinity River Audubon Center (including a nature center for events and education), and the Texas Horse Park. As of June 2015, it’s been identified that Dallas has spent more than $6 hundred million investing in trails, a bridge, and a community center in a forested area (which includes the aforementioned horse park and golf course), and future plans for the area include shops, restaurants, housing, and offices.

Trinity River Park in Dallas on Track to Becoming the Largest Green Space in America

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An ambitious undertaking to say the least, the green project also hopes to connect the Trinity Strand Trail with its counterpart 73 miles of Dallas trails, including the existing Katy Trail in the city, and linking it with the Trinity River. With hopes that this project will “redefine Dallas for the 21st century,” the US Corps of Engineers will need to approve any construction expected to take place in the area due to the fact it sits in a floodplain, however it’s believed by the current project managers to be the bridge they’ve been waiting for between Dallas’ disadvantaged southern section and the wealthier northern. And when it rains, the Trinity River Park will accept the water based on design, naturally flooding in more controlled areas, and then draining into bioswales to be absorbed. Upon completion, the park looks to be the largest integrated floodplain green space concept in America, which stands to reason, as everything’s bigger (and now beautiful, too) in Texas.

Sources:

Inhabitat
Business Insider
Dallas News