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Lois Finkelman, former Dallas Park Board Chair and City Council Member, will moderate a Panel Discussion about "Dallas Parks & Urban Spaces" for The Dallas Architecture Forum on March 21 at 6:15 pm. at The Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Photo Courtesy of Ms. Finkelman.

The Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing public education about architecture, design and the urban environment, will continue its 2016-2017 Panel Discussion Series on March 21, 2017 with “Dallas Parks and Urban Spaces” moderated by Lois Finkelman, former Board Chair of both the Dallas Park Board and the NRPA (National Park and Recreation Association) as well as a member of the Dallas City Council.  

Panels are offered at no charge to both Forum members and to the general public as a public outreach of The Forum. Join us for a cold beverage and lively dialogue!

The new venue for the Panel Series for this season is the Dallas Black Dance Theater building directly behind One Arts Plaza. The DBDT is located at the corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way – at 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX  75201.

Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the DBDT building.

The panel discussion is FREE and will be held at 6:30 pm, with complimentary beverages available beginning at 6:15 pm.  No reservations are needed to attend. One CEU AIA credit is available.

“The Dallas Architecture Forum is delighted to present this next panel in its 2016-17 series of thought-provoking Panel Discussions on topics impacting the citizens of Dallas both locally and globally,” stated Forum Executive Director Nate Eudaly. “Moderator Lois Finkelman will be joined by panelists who will discuss the dramatic growth of parks and public spaces in downtown Dallas and also consider what Dallas parks will look like in the next 20 years.”

Joining Finkelman as panelists for this program will be the following distinguished community leaders and subject matter experts:

Robert DECHERD, Chair of the Parks for Downtown Dallas Foundation and past Chair of A. H. Belo Corporation.  

Robert KENT, North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land. 

Janette K. Monear , President and CEO of  the Texas Trees Foundation. 

Willis WINTERS, Director of the City of Dallas' Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information on The Dallas Architecture Forum, or the Panel Discussion Series, visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.

The Forum’s Panel Season Sponsors are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, John Eagle Dealerships, HOSSLEY Lighting Associates, Purdy McGuire, Inc., Cindy+Armond Schwartz, Talley Associates, WDG Architecture and Impact Outdoor Advertising | Janet Kafka and Associates.

Lois Finkelman
"Dallas Parks and Public Spaces”

21 March 2017
Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Informal reception at 6:15 pm

Venue:  NOTE NEW LOCATION

Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX 75201

Behind One Arts Plaza, at the Corner of Arts Plaza Street and Ann Williams Way,

Entrance on Ann Williams Way, Free parking is available between the DBDT building and Fellowship Church, located to the east of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Dallas Parks have materially increased in importance in the last twenty years under solid public and private leadership. This comes during one of the most exciting periods in modern urban history in which parks have gone from being non-existent in downtown and in the far reaches of the city edge to becoming major economic engines for the urban fabric throughout. This renaissance has been brought about by forward-thinking municipal officials, public-private partnerships such as the Dallas Park Foundation and Woodall Rogers Park Foundation-Klyde Warren (one of the city’s best non-prescription mood elevators) and other savvy, resourceful, and entrepreneurial groups.

Where will Dallas Parks go in the next 20 years? Join us to learn and discuss more on this important topic at our Panel Discussion moderated by Lois Finkelman, former Board Chair of both the Dallas Park Board and the NRPA (National Park and Recreation Association) as well as City Council Member. She will be joined by panelists involved with public park leadership in Dallas who are working to shape the future of the city.

About the Moderator:

Lois Finkelman has been a civic volunteer for over four decades. She has served as a Dallas City Council Member and as President of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board. For over 20 years she was a Director of the National Recreation and Park Association and served three years as Chair of this Washington, D.C.-based national organization. She has been involved in regional transportation planning and air quality issues through the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and she served as Chair of the Dallas Zoo Management Board for five years following privatization of the Dallas Zoo in 2009.

Currently Ms. Finkelman sits on the executive committees of the State Fair of Texas and the Dallas Zoological Society. Other boards on which she sits include The Associates Board of Children’s Medical Center, Midtown Park Foundation, The University of Texas at Dallas Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, Trinity Commons Foundation and the Archives of the Women of the Southwest at Southern Methodist University.

Panelists:

Robert DECHERD, Chair of the Parks for Downtown Dallas Foundation and past Chair of A. H. Belo Corporation. Parks for Downtown Dallas (formerly the Belo Foundation) is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to establish four new, major downtown parks. PfDD has pledged $35 million to the City of Dallas to be matched in the 2017 bond program to create Carpenter Park, Pacific Plaza, Harwood Park and West End Plaza.

Robert KENT, North Texas Area Director for The Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities.

Janette K. Monear , President and CEO of  the Texas Trees Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to expand and beautify parks and public green spaces.  To date Texas Trees has planted over 510,000 trees in North Central Texas.   

Willis WINTERS, Director of the City of Dallas' Parks and Recreation Department.  Dallas has one of the largest municipal parks systems in the nation with over 23,450 park land acres which encompass 382 parks, 7 lakes, 4,650 surface acres of water and 145 developed trail miles.

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