The Conservancy Presents “First Look”

Trinity Park Conservancy Presents First Look: Harold Simmons Park, a preview into the future of the Trinity River and the Park.

DALLAS – On Thursday, Dec. 6, Trinity Park Conservancy will host First Look, an event giving Dallas residents the opportunity to see initial ideas on the design of Harold Simmons Park, the 200 acre area between the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge and the Margaret McDermott Bridge. The Harold Simmons Park design team will share learnings from public input and answer questions. The event will be held at Gilley’s Dallas, 1135 South Lamar Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The event features a visual cross-section of the Park. Sized more than 60-foot long by 8-foot tall, the viewer will experience an immersive slice of the Park from east to west and have an opportunity to ask questions. The design team, which includes national, regional and local experts such as Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (MVVA), one of the leading landscape architecture firms in the US, will discuss the design for the Park and topics such as flooding, access, and native ecology.

Speakers, including Michael Van Valkenburgh, founder of MVVA, and Brent Brown, CEO/President of Trinity Park Conservancy, will discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in building a public park within a flood control system, one that combines natural habitats where native flora and wildlife thrive with gathering areas where visitors can connect to nature and one another.

To pre-register for the event and learn more, visit The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a formal presentation at 6 p.m. Light bites and beverages will be provided.

Trinity Park Conservancy is dedicated to continuing conversations in the community throughout the Park development process. To stay connected sign up to become a friend of the Conservancy and receive email updates at