Today, Dallas is embracing its river, viewing it as a way to connect neighborhoods and provide access to nature, while continuing to play a major role in flood protection.

The Trinity River has been an untapped natural resource for generations and now is being transformed into a true asset, bringing together communities and nature. After the great flood of 1908, George Kessler led a plan to move the river away from downtown and to the west, building levees to protect Dallas from future flooding. Since then, Dallas has grown up all around the river with little interaction. The Trinity Park Conservancy champions the transformation of the Trinity River to become the heart of Dallas. With the community, we will design public spaces that unite us, enrich people’s lives through access to nature, create economic development opportunities, and inspire protection for the river ecosystems in this shared natural treasure. The first project within the Trinity River Corridor Plan, is Harold Simmons Park, which invites all of Dallas to Reimagine Our River as a wellspring of connection – to nature, to one another and to new opportunities shared across our neighborhoods. This new feature includes a naturalized river landscape, elevated urban parks, hard- and soft-surfaced trails, and places for people to gather, walk in nature, and celebrate community—all while maintaining the river’s role in protecting the city in case of flooding.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Waterfront / Waterway
Status Advocacy & Design
Opening Summer 2022
Size 200 acres
Design Team Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, LimnoTech
Management

Managed by Trinity Park Conservancy in partnership with the Trinity River Corridor LGC and the City of Dallas

Latest News / Trinity Park Conservancy

D Magazine / December 7, 2018

Harold Simmons Park reveals a new plan for the Trinity River

This latest designs for Trinity River in Dallas represent refreshingly holistic approaches to thinking about the river. The designers have redirected their focus to enhancing the natural possibilities for the basin by understanding and designing for its form, function, and ecology.