Belo Garden, the second park in the Downtown Parks Master Plan to be completed, is the result of a partnership and joint funding effort by Belo Corp., The Belo Foundation, Maureen and Robert Decherd, and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The construction of Belo Garden began in March of 2011 and the park opened to the public in May 2012.
Where Belo Garden is today once stood a former parking lot. The City of Dallas was awarded two grants to clean up the site, one from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and one from the Environmental Protection Agency. The land now meets the highest environmental and residential standards. Belo Garden is a park that is of Texas and for Texas. For more information on sustainability, click here.
Belo Garden Team
Hargreaves Associates is an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm known particularly for its work designing urban parks. Hargreaves Associates led the design and construction observation of Belo Garden, and was supported by a team that includes a number of local designers and engineers. For more information on Hargreaves visit www.hargreaves.com. For a complete list of the Belo Garden Design Team, click here.
At the time its financial commitments to Belo Garden were made, Belo Corp. owned local television stations across the United States, including WFAA-TV, and three metropolitan newspapers, including The Dallas Morning News. To learn more about Belo Corp. and A.H. Belo Corporation today, go to www.belo.com and www.ahbelo.com.
The Belo Foundation
The philanthropic arm of A. H. Belo Corporation and Belo Corp., The Belo Foundation helped fund the design and construction of the park. Established in 1952, The Belo Foundation became Parks for Downtown Dallas, a private operating foundation, in October 2015. Parks for Downtown Dallas funds the development of urban parks and green space in Downtown Dallas.
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department
The Dallas Park and Recreation Department funded the property purchase and remediation of the site. As owner, the Park Department is responsible for maintenance of Belo Garden. For more information on the Park Department, click here.
Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. produces and supports Downtown activities like outdoor movies, sports leagues and festivals at several parks and plazas and manages rental and programming for Belo Garden. For more information about Downtown Dallas, Inc., click here.
Serving as general contractor for the construction of Belo Garden was Austin Commercial. For more information on Austin Commercial, one of the largest and most diversified builders in the United States, click here.
Good Fulton & Farrell Architects
Providing architectural guidance on Belo Garden was Larry Good, president of one of Dallas’ most prestigious multi-disciplinary design firms, Good Fulton & Farrell Architects. To learn more about the firm, visit www.gff.com.
Dallas-based public relations company Allyn Media kept the public informed about the design and construction of Belo Garden. To learn more, visit www.allynmedia.com.