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Five Mile Creek Connected Communities Vision (A Big, Bold Vision for Dallas Parks)
Winding through the hills and valleys of southwest Dallas, Five Mile Creek’s 70-square-mile watershed includes Blackland Prairie, limestone creeks, old-growth forests, and wildflower meadows. Yet many of these natural features are inaccessible and disconnected from the city’s parks and trails—until now.
Throughout 2018, the Trust for Public Land collaborated with hundreds of local residents to develop a bold vision for a network of parks and trails along Five Mile Creek and its many tributaries. The results will provide opportunities for residents to hike, bike, play, exercise, learn, and enjoy nature’s bounty in the heart of Dallas. The Five Mile Creek Greenbelt lays the foundation for nearly 13 miles of new trails, 124 acres of parks, and the comprehensive revitalization of a unique natural asset.
Trust for Public Land will oversee the design and development of three initial projects within the greenbelt: the 1.8-acre South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park, which opened in November 2021; the 40.4-acre Judge Charles R. Rose Community Park near Paul Quinn College, the first phase of which will open in 2023; and the 82-acre Woody Branch Park in Glen Oaks. As the first phase of the Five Mile Creek Greenbelt, these three projects will demonstrate the power of parks to improve the quality of life for nearby residents and the greater North Texas region.
Judge Charles R. Rose Community Park
Dallas’s historic Highland Hills neighborhood is home to the scenic Five Mile Creek, which carves a series of hills and valleys through the community before merging into the Trinity River. But despite being home to some of the city’s most beautiful scenery, the area lacks the parks and trails that are so common in other parts of Dallas—only 54% of residents have a park within a 10-minute walk of home, compared to 73% of Dallas residents.
Named in honor of long-time community leader Judge Charles R. Rose, who served for many years as a justice of the peace for the Highland Hills neighborhood, the park will provide countless people the opportunity to build community and find joy in the outdoors. Access to the outdoors is a fundamental human need, and all communities are stronger, healthier, and more connected when everyone can get outside
Mayor’s Greening Initiative
For nearly a decade, TPL has partnered with the City of Dallas and its communities to improve park access and equity. The results speak for themselves: since 2015, the number of Dallas residents served by a park within a 10-minute walk of home has increased by nearly 300,000, improving citywide park access from 54 to 73 percent. We are proud of our work to bring together city leadership, neighborhood advocates, and partner organizations that has made possible this dramatic improvement.
Using TPL’s cutting edge computer mapping tools, we identified over 350 vacant properties that could be suitable green space, and then prioritized them based on their ability to cool neighborhoods during heat waves, protect against flooding, improve the health of residents, build equity in underserved neighborhoods, and connect communities.
In May, Mayor Johnson announced $1.25 million in funding for the greening initiative. We are now working with the Park Department and neighborhoods to begin developing many of the properties into new community greenspaces. These meaningful actions and partnerships ensure Dallas residents, no matter where they live, can easily connect with quality parks and open spaces.