Municipal Archives

Report on the Dallas Park System, 1934​

​Collection 2003-015​


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Dallas Park Board
Title Report on the Dallas Park System
Dates 1934
Quantity 3 linear inches
Abstract Typescript report with folded landscaping plans.
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department provides leisure, recreational and cultural activities for the citizens of Dallas and the general public and maintains more than 21,000 park acres including 4400 surface acres of water at 17 park sites, 17,196 acres of greenbelt/park land, and 61.6 miles of jogging and bike trails at 24 locations.  There are over 400 individual parks, including recreational facilities such as community centers, swimming pools, athletic fields, and a metropolitan zoo. 

The report was written by Wynne B. Woodruff, landscape architect, who was commissioned by the board to create a master plan for the maintenance and growth of the Dallas park system.  In 1934, there were approximately sixty-four parks and spaces ranging from small plots of less than 1/10 of an acre up to 2,500 acres.  The report includes recommendations both for renovation for older parks and new development for later ones.  Some parks retain the same names used in the report; others have been renamed since 1934.

Collection consists of the original typescript report and accompanying drawings and plans.  Selected drawings were unbound from the bindings to prevent further deterioration. Many, but not all drawings, are color renderings.  Some drawings and suggestions are conjectural and were not implemented.


The collection is arranged by subject.  The collection contains oversized objects.


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Report on the Dallas Park System, 1934 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Collection 1991-112—City of Dallas Parks, 1889-1995
Collection 1995-023—Park and Recreation General Subject Files, 1911-1960
Collection 1995-043—Park Department Works Progress Administration Records, 1939-1940

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Parks -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List

Box Folder Title, Date
Report on the Dallas Park System, 1934

[Contents:  Landscape development of Dallas parks
Bachman's Lake Park
Buckner Park
Central Square
City Park
Cochran Park
Cole Park
Colonial Park
Comfort station and picnic units Craddock Park
Exall Park
Exline Park
Garrett Park
Grauwyler Park
Herndon Park
Kiest Park
Lake Cliff Park
Library Plaza
Marsalis Park
Martin Weiss Park
Oak Lawn Park
Plaza and boulevards
Stevens Park
Tenison Park
Tietze Park
Turtle Creek Boulevard
Wahoo Park
White Rock Lake Park
Winnetka Park
List of plant material
Supervision Recommendations
2 Oversized plans and drawings