Major new additions will create a thrilling year-round destination.
Fair Park is well on its way to becoming one of the great parks of our time…right up there with Central Park in New York City or Millennium Park in Chicago. “Right now so many improvements and additions are coming to fruition that you will be amazed at the transformation,” says Daniel Huerta, General Manager of Fair Park. “It will become a destination for all seasons that will keep people returning beyond the State Fair for Fair Park in Lights, Dog Bowl, Art Fest, Cirque du Soleil® and so much more. We can’t wait to introduce such attractions as dancing musical fountains and an incredible Observation Tower.”
In 2003, a comprehensive Fair Park plan was drawn up for development over the next 10 years with the intent to make the park even more of a major visitor destination. “We are in year three of the blueprint and the wheels are now in full, rapid motion,” states Mr. Huerta. “Just listen to what’s coming as early as this summer!”
May – August, 2008 -
New park gates are open for business, pleasure.
The outer Fair Park gates at Grand Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard will be demolished and replaced by gates that create a more open, inviting entry. The entrances will also pay homage to the park’s architectural legacy with signs that proudly proclaim “Fair Park—National Historic Landmark.” The Parry Avenue entrance gate will also be re-created.
Fall, 2008 - Bigger, brighter Cotton Bowl debuts.
Just wait until fans get their game on this fall at the newly renovated Cotton Bowl. Look for tons of new, more comfortable seats. The grand total is 91,000 seats, which should attract more big games. Fans have already experienced the new turf and huge video screen. More improvements include upgraded signage, triple the restrooms and concessions.
Fall, 2009 - DART rapidly arrives at Fair Park.
Two brand new DART stations will welcome visitors to the State Fair of Texas, Dallas Summer Musicals and many more attractions when DART light rail pulls in. “We expect attendance at the Fair and year round to increase by about 25%,” believes Mr. Huerta. “That’s roughly the rise in attendance the Dallas Zoo saw when DART first came there in the 1990s.”
Fall, 2009 - Musical Fountains Majesty.
This is going to be huge! Visitors will thrill to the Fair Park Esplanade’s magnificent dancing waters, synchronized and choreographed to music. The entire Esplanade will be dug out and replaced as well. With 20 different songs and 15- to 30-minute shows involving 272 water jets, the fountains will be a truly unique experience.
May, 2010 -The Fairest view in Dallas: The Fair Park Observation Tower
Work will begin within the next few years on the Fair Park Observation Tower. At 450 feet tall, it will be second only to Reunion Tower for viewing from on high. “You’ll see a panorama that includes the grand beauty of Fair Park, the glass skyscrapers of downtown Dallas and the upcoming Trinity River project,” says Mr. Huerta. “And in the years to come, at the bottom of the tower will be a new Fair Park Visitor Center. Its centerpiece will be the Kavanaugh Collection of State Fair of Texas memorabilia, the largest such display anywhere.”
May, 2010 - Summer Midway to make a big splash.
All the excitement of the famous State Fair of Texas Midway can soon be enjoyed in the summer too at Summer Place Park! What’s more, there will be terrific water rides that’ll cool everyone off. Plus cabanas, party rental facilities and much more.
Coming soon - Texas Music Center is tuning up.
This interactive showcase for fans of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Selena, Bob Wills and everyone in between will soon become a reality through fundraising efforts. The museum will draw crowds from all over the Lone Star State and beyond who want to celebrate the rich heritage of Texas music. It will be located at the proposed Museum Green area.
Coming soon - Children’s Zone at The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park expands wet wonders.
Come face to face with fishies at this upcoming and exciting expansion. Many exhibits will be at kid’s eye level. For example, Stingray Bay allows kids to reach out and touch the stingrays. A fascinating Coastal Touch Pool also opens in the very near future.
Coming soon -
Butterfly house soars into Texas Discovery Gardens.
The big new Butterfly Conservatory will contain one of the world’s largest displays of live butterflies, including a second story that re-creates the canopy level of a rainforest.
Ongoing - Notable improvements to Fair Park’s historic core.
Many of the murals and statues that give Fair Park much of its character are being restored to their former glory. These include murals in the Embarcadero that have been over-painted for three decades.
Daniel Huerta is certainly pleased to be part of all the remarkable transformation that Fair Park is witnessing. “We’re continuing to look at even more ways to make it a signature park and year-round destination. The excitement is just beginning!”
For more information on what’s coming to Fair Park, keep visiting Fair Park's web site.