Philanthropist Robert Decherd, Mayor Dwaine Caraway, Council Member Angela Hunt and Dallas Park Board President Joan Walne Gather to Celebrate Dirt Flying

(Dallas, Texas – April 14, 2011) Belo Garden Development LLC today celebrated construction beginning on Belo Garden, the second park in the Downtown Parks Master Plan scheduled for completion.  This 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.

“Belo Garden is a significant accomplishment for our city,” said Robert W. Decherd, who was CEO of Belo Corp. when the agreement to build the park was forged.  “It is also a great example of cooperation and joint fundraising between the public and private sectors. Belo Garden exemplifies the collaboration that resulted in the Downtown Parks Master Plan in 2005 – the first plan of its kind in the City’s history.”

The city was awarded two grants to clean up the Belo Garden site, a former parking lot.  One came from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and one from the Environmental Protection Agency.  With remediation complete, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has certified that the site is clean.  Belo Garden Development LLC has now assumed control of the site and is working with award-winning landscape architects Hargreaves Associates and construction experts Austin Industries to build Belo Garden.

Once complete, Belo Garden will be an urban oasis for Downtown Dallas residents, employees, visitors and students, and will stimulate economic development by creating in-demand views for nearby buildings. Unlike its sister park Main Street Garden, Belo Garden will be filled with native Texas trees, grasses, flowers and shrubs from regions throughout the state. Features include an interactive fountain, a Texas grove of trees, prairie gardens featuring native and ornamental grasses and flowers, and a garden grove of lacebark elms with permanent seating where guests can relax in the sun or shade.

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