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GOAL 6:

DALLAS PROTECTS AND ENHANCES ITS ECOSYSTEMS, TREES AND GREEN SPACES THAT IN TURN IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH

Targets

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.

 Q3 Progress

Reported June 2022

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 21-22, 7 actions from this sector, with 52 milestones will be initiated. Implementation of these new milestones will involve collaboration with the following City departments:

  • Park & Recreation Department

  • Department of Convention and Event Services

  • Dallas Water Utilities

 

Note: Actions marked as ongoing span multiple fiscal years, meaning efforts will be carried out continuously and therefore will not be marked complete until the end of this fiscal year.


Year Two Work Plan

COMPLETE: 4 Milestones

 

EG3: Increase tree canopy in both private and public realm to complete implementation of recommendations from the Urban Forest Master Plan

  • Initiate use of Treekeeper program for city-wide tree inventory

EG5: Update city park operations and maintenance procedures to include comprehensive ecofriendly and sustainable best management practices

  • Explore policy related to phasing out traditional gas-powered landscape equipment

EG8: Improve the quality of urban ecosystems in Dallas through the sustainable appropriate design, creation, and planting of urban habitats

  • Develop service level agreement with Parks Department for Old Fish Hatchery at White Rock Lake in partnership with Oncor

EG9: Support public and private partnerships using nature-based solutions to address public health challenges

  • Continue to support Breathe Easy Dallas through end of contract