Fair Park Management and Operation


Fair Park was named Dallas' second park in 1904, and at 277 acres, it is one of the City's largest and most important assets, and Texas' largest National Historic Landmark. Fewer than two miles from downtown, Fair Park is home of the State Fair, football games, museums, art, and more. The City is committed to Fair Park's success, and for some time, has been seeking a partner to help us manage the park effectively.

The City has created this quick access link to all the documentation being provided to the qualified proposers. This link will remain active throughout the process and will be updated as new information in provided on this project.

In late 2016, the City began the two-step procurement process to seek qualified firms to provide proposal for the Management and Operation of Fair Park. The process began with a Request for Qualifications, to which three teams responded and were determined to move forward to the proposal phase.

On July 14, 2017, the City issued a Request for Competitive Sealed Proposals for Management and Operation of Fair Park. In response, the City received proposals from three qualified firms on October 16, 2017:

  • Fair Park First
  • Fair Park Conservancy
  • Fair Park Texas Foundation

Once the proposals were received, the proposals were evaluated and scored, and then negotiations began with the highest scoring proposer.

The negotiated management agreement with Fair Park First will be briefed to the Park & Recreation Board. - View Briefing

Next Steps

  • August 2, 2018 – Park and Recreation Board briefing
  • August 9, 2018 – Special Called Meeting of the Park Board at Hall of State 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • August 16, 2018 – Park Board consideration of Management Contract
  • August/September 2018 – City Council Briefing and consideration