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Hoblitzelle Foundation helps put the park back in fair park

Fair Park First announced in June that they had received a $2 million gift from the Hoblitzelle Foundation towards the 11-acre community park that is designated along Fitzhugh Avenue. Katie Robins, President of the Hoblitzelle Foundation, said, “The Foundation is excited that the new community park will be not only a great attraction to Fair Park guests but a welcoming and wonderful respite for residents from surrounding communities.”

The primary goal of the community park is to create access to green space for residents of the surrounding neighborhoods while serving as an attraction to visitors from across the region. The park will feature amenities and programming, including Wi-Fi, splash pads, a flex lawn, pavilions, shaded areas, natural areas, waterscapes, landscape buffers, an all age/all abilities children’s play area, and more.

“We are incredibly grateful for the Hoblitzelle Foundation’s generous gift, which will help us add vitality to Fair Park,” Mayor Eric Johnson said. “The new community park will serve as a first-rate gathering place for the people of South Dallas, and it will become the corner- stone of a new era for Fair Park.”

Fair Park First’s mission is to restore, revitalize, and renew the 277-acre national historic landmark known as Fair Park to attract attention from across the region and the country. Fair Park First’s priority is to reestablish Dallas Fair Park as one of Dallas’s premier performance and recreation venues accessible and enjoyed by all.

Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle established the Hoblitzelle Foundation in 1942 for charitable, scientific, literacy, or educational purposes within the State of Texas.

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