Community Development Forum

Mar 21

5:30pm - 7:30pm
Lakewest Family YMCA
3737 Goldman Street, Bldg 300A, Dallas, TX 75212

Join us on Thursday, March 21st at Lakewest Family YMCA for a Community Development Forum and be a part of the city-wide conversation on Harold Simmons Park and the Trinity River.

The Community Development Forum will present initial recommendations to improve access and connectivity to Harold Simmons Park and to support the equitable development of the park and its neighboring communities, followed by a moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Harold Simmons Park will transform the Trinity River at the heart of our city, creating significant new economic, social, and environmental value. The Trinity Park Conservancy is dedicated to conducting an inclusive design process to ensure that this value is enjoyed equitably by neighboring communities and all residents of Dallas.

The Community Development Forum is in partnership with West Dallas 1.

Speakers & Panelists:

Andrea Batista Schlesinger
A Partner at HR&A Advisors, Andrea helps cities diagnose challenges and identify opportunities by translating the ideas of communities and their advocates into meaningful systems change.

Isaac Cohen
A Landscape Designer at Studio Outside, Isaac has a wealth of knowledge related to Dallas neighborhoods, history, and landscapes. He also brings a decade of experience working on issues related to parks and public, urban spaces.

Darren James
Founder of KAI Enterprises, Darren is an active part of the Dallas community. He serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas County, the Community Council of Greater Dallas, the Minority Design Professionals Council, Inc., and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce.

Raul Reyes
Co-founder and current president of West Dallas 1, Raul uses his 25 years of experience serving at-risk youth, and their families, to lead a coalition of neighborhoods in the 75212 zip code.