Frequently asked questions

The world’s leading landscape design firm, Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, is the design team for Harold Simmons Park. Lake|Flato Architects are designing the park buildings, and adaptive reuse of “the shed” will be designed by architects Wernerfield.
Harold Simmons Park will encompass 250 acres between the Margaret McDermott Bridge and Ronald Kirk Bridge, an area that includes the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. 
Harold Simmons Park will be open to the public.  The programming, activities, and events, will be free for all to enjoy! 

The estimated cost for the design, construction, launch, and endowment of Harold Simmons Park is anticipated to be approximately $325 million.

Currently the Army Corps of Engineers are working on improvements to the Trinity River Floodway and our levees.  This is important work for the levee system and the City of Dallas, but while these improvements are being made, we will work on the overlook areas, followed by the 200 acres of the floodway.  We will open different areas as they are completed and in partnership with our regulatory partners. 

Community input is essential in building “a park for everyone”.  Our community engagement has been ongoing since the project began. It’s comprehensive and involves input from a wide range of community residents and stakeholders.  Please click here if you’d like to share your ideas for the park.

In 2016, Harold Simmons’ widow, Annette Simmons, made a transformative commitment of $50 million towards the construction of a 200+ acre park along the Trinity River to honor her late husband. The gift is the largest private donation to a city project in Dallas history.
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The Park will be free for all. Events, activities, and education classes will also be free.  Please note: Select areas of the park could host private events from time to time.

Yes, a large part of the park will be in the floodway.  It is an integral part of Harold Simmons Park.  The park will also include urban overlooks.  The overlooks will be positioned above flooding concerns, with urban amenities (such as playgrounds, performance spaces, restaurants, etc).  Please note: Design plans for the floodway will be presented after the Army Corps of Engineers finishes their flood safety work between the levees.

Design and construction of Harold Simmons Park will be funded primarily by private philanthropy. Ongoing operations and maintenance, will come from diversified sources including civic funding, sponsorships, philanthropic funds, and park-generated revenue.

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