$1M of Federal Community Project Funding Goes To Dallas Park

Digital rendering of Harold Simmons Park | Image by Harold Simmons Park

Texas Congressman Marc Veasey has presented a federal Community Project Funding check totaling $1 million to support the development of a local park.

Harold Simmons Park is a forthcoming 250-acre park that will border Margaret McDermott Bridge and Ronald Kirk Bridge and connect neighboring communities such as West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and Dallas’ downtown area. Trinity Park Conservancy (TPC), one of Dallas’ many philanthropies, has dedicated its efforts to developing the park and aiding with its design and maintenance, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

U.S. Rep. Veasey (D-TX) presented the $1M Community Project Funding check at a press conference at TPC’s office in Oak Lawn on April 23. Officials such as Texas Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas); Texas Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas); Tony Moore, CEO of TPC; and Marguerite Hoffman, vice chair of TPC, attended the presentation.

“This pivotal moment showcases how different departments of government can work together to advance North Texas communities toward a greener and more vibrant future,” Moore said in a release.

The funds from the check will help construct a 130-foot-long land bridge over Beckley Avenue, which will connect Harold Simmons Park’s West Overlook with its nature preserve.

“The Trinity River has long divided the city of Dallas, but Harold Simmons Park is going to bring Dallas together,” said Veasey in the release.

“We are attacking this particular project by making certain that the necessary resources are put in place philanthropically, and that we have collaboration between the federal, state and local governments,” added West.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson has been an avid proponent of building out the city’s park system and creating more green spaces, as DX has reported.

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