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.
Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.
Report on the Dallas Park System, 1934 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
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
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Parks -- Texas -- Dallas
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Report on the Dallas Park System, 1934
[Contents: Landscape development of Dallas parks
Bachman's Lake Park
Comfort station and picnic units Craddock Park
Lake Cliff Park
Martin Weiss Park
Oak Lawn Park
Plaza and boulevards
Turtle Creek Boulevard
White Rock Lake Park
List of plant material