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Published on May 23, 2024
Dallas Aims to Top Texas Cities in Green Space with Impressive ParkScore RankingsSource: Kent Wang, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Dallas is on a mission to out-green every city in Texas and perhaps, soon it might just take the crown. In an early morning news conference today, city officials teamed up with Park and Recreation gurus and a national non-profit to spill the beans on where Dallas stands in the fight for green supremacy. The Trust for Public Land, a heavy hitter in the quest for outdoor equity, had the scores that could make or break the city's leafy dreams, according to the City of Dallas

Scores were tallied, anticipation was high, and the results were finally unveiled at 8:30 a.m. sharp in the Dallas City Hall Flag Room to a bunch of eager faces. Dallas is climbing up the ranks, making a name for itself beyond those cowboy hats and rodeos, with a ParkScore that's all about how much green space a city slicker can kick back in. The cash thrown at parks and how fair and square the access is, among other tree-hugging factors. The countdown was done, but the journey to numero uno is still on.

Billed at the podium were Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Arun Agarwal, President of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board, and Molly Morgan of the Trust for Public Land, Texas-style. They were there to sing from the same hymn sheet about how Dallas is not just talking the eco-friendly talk but walking the walk, with a park system that's more than just a walk in the park.

And speaking of walks, the city's got a ton of space to roam, with a park department that boasts over 20,812 land acres, 410 parks to get your green fix, seven lakes to gawk at, and trails that run for days, well, for 180 miles to be exact—and that's not to mention the pools, athletic fields, and recreation centers they've thrown in for good measure.