GOAL 6: DALLAS PROTECTS AND ENHANCES ITS ECOSYSTEMS, TREES AND GREEN SPACES THAT IN TURN IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH.
33%, 37% AND 40% OR MORE CANOPY COVER CITYWIDE BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.
20%, 50% AND 75% REDUCTION IN URBAN HEAT ISLAND INDEX BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.
80%, 90% AND 95% OF THE POPULATION LIVES WITHIN MILE WALK TO A PARK OR TRAIL BY 2030, 2040, 2050, RESPECTIVELY.
In Dallas, there are 388 parks totaling over 27,000 acres, plus the approximate 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. However, these green spaces are not evenly distributed, and only about 60 percent of Dallas residents have access to a park within ½ mile walk of their home. Additionally, the City of Dallas is second only to Phoenix, Arizona relative to the size of the urban heat island. In FY 20-21, five actions from this sector, with 17 milestones will be initiated. These actions include implementing an Urban Forest Master Plan, along with expansion of existing programs and efforts, as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Goal 6 actions and milestones will involve collaboration between Dallas Water Utilities, Sustainable Development & Construction, Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Urban Design, and Public Works.
Resources for Residents
1 Help combat urban heat and help the City increase its urban tree canopy by planting a free tree provided by Branch Out Dallas.
2 Want to learn more? Join the WaterWise Landscape Tour to visit community gardens and learn how your neighbors grow native plants, compost their food waste, grow pollinator gardens, and use stones to create cool landscapes among other things.
3 Use the TexasSmartScape tool to design and plant your own pollinator garden to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
4 Join the Citizen Forester program to help restore our urban forest. Learn about the benefits of trees and skills such as tree identification, planting and pruning. Upon graduation, citizen foresters can become the eyes, ears and hands for the City Arborists and support public safety.
Resources for Businesses
1 Volunteer your time with Texas Trees Foundation to plant trees and help keep your community cool.
2 Increase planting, green areas and trees on your property!