Supporting Public Parks
As our name attests, we have always been about the community. In the 1960s, CFT leaders like Charles Sharp (pictured at left) understood that public spaces help make cities great. Gathering places that provide recreation, cultural enrichment and civic beauty are the uniting landmarks that reveal a community’s soul. Through their funds at CFT, community leaders have supported numerous civic improvements: playgrounds from West Dallas to Collin County, Crape Myrtle Alley and Toad Corners Fountain at the Dallas Arboretum, the Leonhardt Lagoon at Fair Park and improvements at the Dallas Zoo. Recently, CFT provided funds and expertise during the planning stages of Klyde Warren Park, the city deck park connecting downtown, Uptown and the Arts District. As the park took shape, CFT’s Caruth Foundation gave a $5 million grant for the park’s safety and security.
Projects like Klyde Warren Park and other urban gathering places show the power of public spaces to both help revitalize our city’s central business district and strengthen the bonds of citizenship throughout our community. The future of Dallas is clearly moving toward a more beautiful place.
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