First of 4 parks unveiled in downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas' newest park has officially opened. 

Pacific Plaza is one of four parks that Parks for Downtown Dallas is building as part of a private-public partnership with the City of Dallas.  

Parks for Downtown Dallas, which evolved from its predecessor organization, The Belo Foundation, in 2015, donated $15 million for the project that transformed a parking lot into a park.

The idea for the park started in 2008 when the City of Dallas acquired the land with the support of Trust for Public Land. Parks for Downtown Dallas became involved in 2016, funding the design and construction of the park. 

Led by land architect by SWA Group, the 3.7-acre park's design feature a large lawn space, swings and a pavilion designed by Dallas-based HKS Inc. It was in April of 2018 that ground was broken for Pacific Plaza.

For a look at Pacific Plaza, see the gallery at the top of this story.

During construction, Aston Grove, a historic stand of live oak trees located on the corner of N. Harwood Street and Pacific Avenue, was preserved and incorporated into Pacific Plaza.

Outside of Aston Grove's 23 mature trees, the park boasts an additional 144 newly planted trees. 

In 2015, Parks for Downtown Dallas proposed a central plan of designing and constructing the four priority parks from the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update. 

The three other planned parks include Harwood Park, Carpenter Park and West End Square. They are set to collectively be delivered by 2022.  

Funding for the parks comes from $39 million in City of Dallas bonds and more than $49 million in already committed funds from private sources.