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THIRD ING

[Dallas Park and Recreation Board on May 16, 2024]

IT IS 10 0 1.

THEN WE COMPLETE TELL MEETING TO ORDER THE LAST TIME TODAY, I WAS REALLY SCARED TO COME HERE.

LAST TIME WE CAME TWO A YEAR BACK, THE PRESENTATIONS SERVED US LUNCH AND THAT LUNCH COST IT 80, 30 BILLION.

WITH THAT.

HOW ABOUT THESE DALLAS PARKS? THIS IS OUR FIRST MEETING AFTER BAND BOND PROPOSITION MARK.

AMAZING FEED BECAUSE OF, YEAH.

ALL OF US TOGETHER.

AND I'VE DONE MY DUE DILIGENCE FROM TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND, ENVIRONMENTAL, TEXAS.

THIS IS NOT ONLY THE LARGEST BOND FOR PARKS AND RECREATION AND CITY OF DALLAS.

THIS IS THE LARGEST BOND FOR ANYWHERE IN USA, WHICH HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO PARKS AND RECREATION.

WOW.

YEAH.

GREAT FE, WHICH WE HAVE ACHIEVED.

SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

WE ARE IN A HAPPY PLACE.

AND REALLY LOOKING FORWARD WHERE WE ARE TOGETHER, YOU KNOW, TAKE THIS CITY WITH OUR GREEN SPACE AS FURTHER WITH THAT.

I WILL, UH, ANYONE WANTS TO SPEAK? ANY, ANYONE ABOUT THE BOND OR ANYONE? RUDY, I KNOW YOU HAVE SOMETHING.

NOT THAT I LOVE MORE THAN HEARING MYSELF TALK ABOUT PARKS, UH, THE CITY REALLY.

I MEAN, WE CRUSHED IT.

I MEAN THE, THE, WE REALLY KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARKS.

I'M SO PROUD OF THE CITY FOR COMING TOGETHER.

NOT BY A LITTLE, BY A LOT.

82% IS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF.

EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM AND EVERYONE ACROSS THE CITY.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

ABSOLUTELY.

YES, MR. .

I LIKE THANK OUR, NOT ONLY THE STAFF, BUT ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ADVOCAT.

I LIKE TO THANK OUR PARTNERS.

WE HELP PARTNERS LIKE AMY MEADOWS, UH, ONE, MR. JUAN AND MS. FINMAN AND THE AUDIENCE WHEN WE HELP PEOPLE LIKE THIS THAT'S ON BOARD WITH US.

BUT I ALSO LIKE TO THANK SUE 'CAUSE THEY DID SOMETHING THIS MORNING THAT REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART.

THEY HAD AN AFRICAN AMERICAN PENGUIN.

'CAUSE I'M HERE, SO I, I LOVE THAT.

I LOVE THAT.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF.

SO THANK THE STAFF.

I MEAN, I GOT GREAT BOARD MEMBERS.

THANK GOD.

THAT'S, I'M ON THE BOARD WITH YOU GUYS.

TREMENDOUS JOB, ALI.

WE'LL MOVE TO OUR NEXT POINT OF BUSINESS.

PUBLIC SPEAKERS.

MADAM SECRETARY.

WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER, BUT THEY CAN'T SO WE'RE OKAY.

OKAY.

SO IF I CAN JUST ASK YOU ALL TO SPEAK JUST A LITTLE BIT LOUDER SO MR. DICKY CAN HEAR.

HE'S A LITTLE SPOTTY HERE AND THERE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WITH THAT, WE GO FOR APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR MAY 2ND, 2024.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? UH, MR. MANDEL, MR. SLAUGHTER SECONDED.

UH, ALL FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

AYE.

HAVE, WITH THAT, WE MOVE TO OUR NUMBER ONE TILL FIVE.

DO I HAVE A MOTION? UH, MR. ? DO HAVE A SECOND, UH, RISE? ANY DISCUSSION ON ANY? NO DISCUSSION.

ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE.

AYE.

A HAVE IT.

OKAY.

NOW, INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION.

FULL CITY PARK.

DO I HAVE A MOTION, MS. MUNDELL AND SECONDED BY ANY DISCUSSION? YEAH, JUST WANT TO, I JUST WANNA SAY THAT I, THAT I REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS.

UM, I THINK IT'S GONNA BE A REALLY WONDERFUL, SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE.

AND, UM, AND I DO KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF EFFORTS TO REALLY HAVE THIS UNDER US AS A CITY TO PUT S MOST, YOU KNOW, BENEFIT TO EVERYBODY.

SO, SO I JUST ARE EXCITED TO SEE THE FUTURE OF THIS.

AND I REALLY WANNA THANK, UH, CRYSTAL ROSS AND STEVE BAKER AND SHANIQUA FOR ALL OF THEIR DEDICATION TO REALLY SEEING MISSION, THE GROUP FOR OUR CITY AND FOR THE OTHERS WHO COME TO DALLAS.

SO, THANK YOU.

ANY COMMENTS? AND I AGREE MS. MONDELL AND MR. BAKER, NO PRESSURE, BUT EVERYONE'S EYES ARE ON OVER 50 PART RIGHT NOW, SO THIS IS OUR TIME.

AND SO, UH, SO, UH, MR. GLAD MR. CHAIR, UH, JUST WANT, YOU ARE MUTED.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? OH, YOU SPEAK LOUDER, SIR.

CAN, CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME NOW? THIS, THIS IS THE VOICE OF PARK BOARD MEMBERS.

BLAIR.

CAN Y'ALL HEAR ME? YEAH.

OKAY, PERFECT.

UH, MR. CHAIR, WANTED TO JUST GET SOME, SOME CLARIFICATION ON, UH, ONE, THE, THE CITY RETAKING THE PARK.

UM, TIMELINE WISE, IS OUR STAFF ALREADY OUT THERE ACTIVE? IS THE CONTRACT WITH, UH, OLD CITY PARK

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ALREADY COMPLETED? UH, AND HAVE THE KEYS BEEN TURNED OVER? MR. BAKER IS COMING TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

SPEAK LOUD LIKE THIS.

MIC.

THERE'S MIC.

THERE'S A MIC.

SHOULD I USE THIS? THE QUESTION AT THE BOTTOM? UM, CURRENTLY AT THIS TIME, UH, THE DALLAS COUNTY HERITAGE SOCIETY IS STILL MANAGING THE PROPERTY.

UM, THEIR CONTRACT IS SET TO EXPIRE, UM, ON SET, I'M SORRY, MAY 26TH.

AND WE WILL TAKE, UH, POSSESSION OF KEYS AND OPERATIONS ON THE 27TH.

AND, AND, UH, ARE WE GONNA CHANGE, MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES TO THE PROPERTY? I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DONATED BUILDINGS THERE, UH, AND I KNOW THAT THE, THE ORGANIZATION IS CURRENTLY MANAGING IT IS, UM, THEY, I BELIEVE THEY'VE HAD TO MAKE SOME SALES OF SOME OF THE ANTIQUES.

SO JUST CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE.

HAS THE CITY HAD ANY INSIGHT ON WHAT KIND OF ANTIQUES WE'RE GONNA LEAVE, UM, FROM, FROM OUR PROPERTY? OR DOES THE ORGANIZATION RUNNING IT HAVE CARTE BLANCHE TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS SINCE THEIR CONTRACT IS ENDING? SO THEIR, THEIR CONTRACT PERMITS FOR THE, THEY'RE THE CUSTODIANS OF THE ARTIFACTS THAT ARE ON, ON SITE.

SO WE HAVE COMMUNICATED THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO RETAIN SOME OF THOSE.

OKAY.

AS BEST AS POSSIBLE.

BUT SINCE WE WILL NOT BE A MUSEUM, THEN SOME OF THOSE ITEMS NEED TO BE EITHER LOANED TO ANOTHER MUSEUM, UM, OR I GUESS TO OTHER MUSEUMS SO THAT THEY CAN DISPLAY THEM.

UM, THERE WILL BE NO, YOU KNOW, WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE MASTER PLAN PROCESS RIGHT NOW OF THE PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT OF THE PARK.

UM, BUT THERE ARE NO PLANS TO, UM, MOVE BUILDINGS, REMOVE BUILDINGS.

UM, WE'RE NOT SELLING TO A DEVELOPER.

UM, SO IT IS, IT WILL REMAIN PARKED PROPERTY.

OKAY.

AND TH THANK YOU.

AND I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS TO GET SOME CLARITY AROUND IT.

'CAUSE YOU SEE A FIRE SALE HAPPENING AT A PUBLIC SPACE THAT'S MANAGED BY A PARTNER, THAT COULD BE PRETTY FRIGHTENING.

AND I, I HOPE IT DIDN'T SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO THE REST OF THE CITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, JUDGE.

WHAT ABOUT THE UPKEEP OF THE BUILDINGS? UM, WE HAVE A COUPLE BUILDINGS FROM DISTRICT 12 THAT ARE DOWN THERE, AND I KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THE KEEP MAINTAINING THOSE BUILDINGS.

YES.

SO THAT'LL BE INCLUDED IN THE, THE PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT, WHICH WAS THE FIRST PART OF THE MASTER PLAN.

AND SO WE ARE LOOKING TO PRIORITIZE OR DEVELOP A PRIORITIZED LIST OF MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE MAINTAINING THOSE BUILDINGS OR RESTORING THESE BUILDINGS.

WE HAVE NO PLANS TO GET RID OF ANY OF THOSE BUILDINGS.

WE'RE GONNA TRY TO MAINTAIN AND REVITALIZE THOSE BUILDINGS.

YES.

SHOULD WE CLEAR ON THAT ? YEAH.

RIGHT.

UH, WE'RE, WE, WE'RE UNDERTAKING A MASTER PLAN AND THE INTENT IS YES, A LOT OF THOSE BUILDINGS WILL STAY.

HOWEVER, UH, ONCE WE, THE MASTER PLAN PROCESS IS GOING TO TELL US BASICALLY THAT HISTORY, WHAT'S RELEVANT BUILD, UH, ENFORCE THIS BOARD IS WOULD, AND THE COUNCIL WOULD APPROVE THAT MASTER PLAN.

BUT, UH, BUT THE MASTER PLAN WILL DRIVE FAR AS AND WITH COMMUNITY INPUT.

UH, HOW DO WE WANT TO ACTIVATE OUR, AND PRESERVE THE HISTORY OF THE PARK.

BUT THERE'S NO PLANS INTENTIONALITY RIGHT NOW.

I UNDERSTAND THE MASTER PLAN AND TRYING TO LOOK, THERE'S NO PLANS, DISCUSSIONS TO REMOVE OR GET RID OF ANY OF THE BUILDINGS AS IT SITS RIGHT NOW? NO.

OUR PLANS RIGHT NOW IS TO MAKE SURE THAT, 'CAUSE A LOT OF THE BUILDINGS ARE IN BAD CONDITION, OUR PLANS RIGHT NOW IS LY STABILIZE THOSE FOOD.

WE HAVE A PARTNER TO OPERATE THE PARK THAT WILL THEREFORE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RAISING FUNDS TO RESTORE THOSE S.

THANK YOU MR. CHAIR.

AND THAT, UH, MR. NICKY, UH, THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT.

UM, I UNDERSTAND THAT IT CURRENTLY THERE ARE AT LEAST ONE, MAYBE TWO OF THE BUILDINGS THAT ARE RENTED BY ARTISTS THAT HAVE STUDIOS THERE.

AND THEY'VE, UH, BEEN ASKED TO VACATE WHILE WE TRANSITION.

BUT WHAT I'M WONDERING IS FROM STAFF IS DO, UH, WE IN FORESEE, DO WE NEED TO HAVE THEM LEAVE, UH, SINCE THOSE BUILDINGS ARE GOING TO BE VACANT AND WHATEVER REVENUE THEY MIGHT BRING IN, UH, WILL BE LOST WHILE WE FIGURE OUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO? DO WE, UH, NEED TO, IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE THEM LEAVE? UH, WHILE WE STILL HAVEN'T FIGURED OUT WHAT OUR PLAN IS GONNA BE PENDING THE COMPLETION OF THE MASTER PLAN?

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SO THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES.

SO THERE'S, THERE ARE SOME IMPROVEMENTS IN THE BUILDINGS THAT THE ARTISTS WERE IN, UM, THAT NEED TO BE, THAT BE MADE TO THE BUILDINGS.

UM, ONE OF THEM IS IN, UM, AS, UH, REPAIRS THAT NEED TO BE DONE IN THE CEILING.

IT'S AN ADJACENT ROOM.

SO ONE OF THE TENANTS HAS TO GO UPSTAIRS THROUGH THE MAIN BUILDING, WHICH IS NOT NECESSARILY THEIR RENTAL SPACE TO USE THE RESTROOM AS AN EXAMPLE.

UM, AND THEN OTHERS, WE JUST HAVE SOME STRUCTURAL ISSUES THAT WE'RE WORKING THROUGH.

SO GIVEN, GIVEN THAT IT'S BEEN YEARS THAT WE HAVEN'T DONE ANY MAINTENANCE ON THOSE BUILDINGS, COULD IT BE YEARS BEFORE WE KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THAT WOULD BE VIABLE FOR THOSE ARTISTS TO COME BACK IN? OR DO WE JUST ASSUME THEY'RE KIND OF GONNA BE GONE AND FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS UNTIL WE FIGURE OUT OR GET THE BUILDINGS FIXED? 'CAUSE THAT THOSE, UH, WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE? SO AGAIN, WITH THE, WITH THE MASTER PLAN THAT'S COMING IN OR THE PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT PIECE.

SO THERE MAY BE SOME OF THOSE REPAIRS THAT CAN BE DONE RATHER QUICKLY AND WE CAN WORK TO MOVE IN THAT DIRECTION, UM, THE, THE, TO BRING TO PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL LEASE SPACE.

SO YEAH, THAT IS PART OF OUR PLAN.

UM, I THOUGHT THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA THAT THE, THE HERITAGE SOCIETY HAD IMPLEMENTED TO BEGIN WITH AND IT'D BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN WORK TOWARDS IN THE FUTURE.

I THINK IT'S GONNA BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO ON A RELATIVELY QUICKER BASIS.

NOT, NOT YEARS AND YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.

AND, UH, MR. ETT, JUST REMEMBER, UH, THOSE BUILDINGS ARE, SOME OF THOSE BUILDINGS ARE IN BAD CONDITIONS.

THEY DON'T MEET, THEY DON'T MEET THE STANDARDS AS FAR AS THE CITY.

AND WE WEREN'T RESPONSIBLE TO MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAR THIS BOARD AND THE PUBLIC, THIS HEARING, THIS PARK DEPARTMENT WAS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AND THE BUILDINGS PARK DEPARTMENT WAS ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROUNDS MAINTENANCE.

NOW WE ARE TAKING OVER AND WE'RE DOING OUR ASSESSMENTS.

THOSE BUILDINGS DOES NOT MEET OUR EXPECTATIONS AND WE ARE NOT GONNA ALLOW FOLKS TO BE IN THOSE BUILDINGS IN UNSAFE CONDITIONS.

WE WILL IMMEDIATELY START MAKING REPAIRS TO STABILIZE AND MAKE SURE THOSE BUILDINGS ARE SAFE.

ONCE THAT HAPPENS, THEN WE CAN EVALUATE IF THOSE TENANTS CAN NOW COME BACK IN THOSE BUILDINGS AS PART OF THE PROGRAM AND OPPORTUNITIES.

MR. JENKIN, YOU'RE MUTED.

THANK YOU DIRECTOR JENKINS.

BUT I'D JUST LIKE TO REPEAT SOMETHING I KNOW YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY BEFORE IS I FEEL WE MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THE OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE TO USE SOME OF THEIR NEW FOUND HOTEL MONEY TO DO THE REPAIRS.

AND THAT WINDOW SEEMS TO BE CLOSING.

BUT I STILL WOULD SAY SINCE RESOURCES ARE SHORT, UH, AND THERE'S MONEY IN ANOTHER DEPARTMENT APPARENTLY, THAT WE CONTINUE TO PUSH TO ASK FOR HELP TO DO THOSE REPAIRS AND IT NOT JUST COME OUT OF OUR BUDGET.

ESPECIALLY GIVEN THAT THOSE REPAIRS WEREN'T DONE WHEN THEY WERE UNDER THE CONTRACT REQUIRED TO BE DONE BY THE OFFICE OF ARTS AND CULTURE.

AND THAT, I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S UNFAIR TO ASK THAT OF ANOTHER DEPARTMENT.

THANK YOU.

WE IN AGREEMENT A HUNDRED PERCENT AND WE ARE, YOU KNOW, I'M HOPING TO HAVE YOU ALL SOME NEWS HERE SOON, BUT WE ARE PURSUING GETTING FUNDING FROM THEM.

WE ARE ACTIVELY DOING THAT.

THANK YOU SIR.

THANK MR. .

MS. , UM, TO MR. DICKEY'S POINT, IF WE GO BACK AND GET THESE BUILDINGS FIXED UP AND WE DECIDE TO RENT THEM OUT OR ANY KIND OF, WHETHER IT'S ARTIST SPACE OR WOULD THAT BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE BOARD? 'CAUSE THAT WOULD BE PART OF OUR BIGGER PICTURE ON PROGRAMMING, RIGHT? YEAH.

AND WE'LL BRING BACK TO THE BOARD AND JUST KIND OF LET YOU KNOW HERE ARE SOME OF THE PROGRAMMING OR WE'LL, WE'LL CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU ALL UPDATES.

BETTER YET, I THINK WE SHOULD COME TO YOU ALL QUARTERLY AND GIVE YOU UPDATES ON WHAT WE'RE DOING AT OLD CITY PARK, RIGHT? 'CAUSE WE'VE HAD DISCUSSIONS BEFORE ABOUT ARE WE IN THE BUSINESS OF BEING LANDLORDS? 'CAUSE I THINK THERE'S SEVERAL OTHER BUILDINGS THAT WE OWN WHERE WE'RE IN A LANDLORD TENANT POSITION.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING I THINK THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME INPUT ON IF WE'RE GOING TO BE CON IF WE'RE GOING TO EXTEND THAT IN IN CITY PARK FOR SURE.

AND, AND, AND, AND I KNOW YOU HEARD ME MENTION THE WORD A PART OF OUR PROGRAMS, IF IT MEETS THE DEFINITION OF OFFERING SOME TYPE OF PROGRAMMING TO THE FOLKS TO COME HERE AND UTILIZE THE PARK, THEN WE ARE GOING TO GIVE IT STRONG CONSIDERATION.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND, UH, YES, THANK YOU.

AGREE MORE WITH HASHMI ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LANDLORD DEALS.

YOU KNOW, KIND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT CONTACT, THE RIGHT FOR THIS PROPERTY.

'CAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF PIECES THAT ARE FALLING APART 'CAUSE OF THE PERSON THAT WE HAD THERE, PEOPLE WE HAD THERE

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KIND OF DIDN'T TAKE CARE OF IT.

YOU KNOW, AND MAYBE US AS OWNERS OF THE, THE CITY OWNING THE PROPERTY, MAYBE WE ALSO DIDN'T WATCH WHAT THEY WERE DOING.

ALSO A LITTLE BIT OF BLAME, EVERYBODY THERE, BUT MAYBE WE CAN FIX IT FOR THE NEXT CONTRACT THAT WE, WE UTILIZE AND, AND MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE GOING THE RIGHT WAY FORWARD INSTEAD OF COMING BACKWARDS 10, 15 YEARS NOW.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND ONE THING, HONESTLY, I THINK WE HAVE LEARNED SEEING DIFFERENT PARTNERSHIPS THAT THE NEW CONTRACTS NOT ONLY WHAT TO DO, BUT ALSO NOT WHAT NOT TO DO.

SO.

AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE PARAMOUNT REPORT WHEN WE START DISCUSSING.

SO WITH THAT, WITH NO MORE COMMENTS, ALL IN FAVOR SAY AYE, WITH THAT I HAVE IT.

UH, WE ARE MOVING ALONG WELL WITH THAT, UH, OUR FIRST BRIEFING TO OUR HOST.

OKAY.

GOOD MORNING.

SO THIS MORNING WE DO HAVE A BRIEFING FROM THE DALLAS ZOO ON THEIR ANNUAL REPORT.

UM, THERE'S NEW CEO SINCE JANUARY, 2024.

UM, IS LISA MUTE AND SHE WILL BE HERE TO PRESENT THAT INFORMATION.

HELLO.

THANK YOU.

WELL, GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.

HAPPY RAINY, UM, DAY.

AND I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU CHOOSING DALLAS ZOO FOR YOUR MEETING LOCATION.

AND MR. CHAIRMAN, I ESPECIALLY LOVE THE SPIRIT OF YOUR ATTIRE TODAY, DRESSED VERY APPROPRIATELY.

UM, I HAVE A, A SLIDE PRESENTATION, UH, TO GO OVER.

SOME OF THE PRESENTATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO YOU IN, UH, YOUR INFORMATION BEFOREHAND.

UM, BUT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND ROLL WITH THAT AND, AND MAYBE GO TO THE, UM, THIRD SLIDE.

SO, UM, I'M LISA NEW.

UM, AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR, UM, ALLOWING US TO SPEAK THIS MORNING AND WE APPRECIATE THE TIME WE HAVE BEFORE YOU.

UM, I AM HERE NOW, UH, JUST OVER 120 DAYS, FOUR MONTHS ON THE JOB.

UM, IT HAS BEEN A WHIRLWIND OF, UM, EXCITEMENT AND MOMENTUM AND, UH, NOT ONLY THE STAFF AND THE BOARD LEADERSHIP OF THE ZOO, BUT THIS PARK BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY HAS MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I'M ENJOYING DALLAS AND LOVING IT.

UM, HAVE SETTLED IN OAK CLIFF AND, UM, SO I'M JUST A QUICK LITTLE COMMUTE FROM THE ZOO, BUT, UM, WHAT A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY AND I'M PROUD TO BE HERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO I'D LIKE TO START BY, UH, A LITTLE VIDEO THAT GIVES YOU AN UPDATE ON, UH, 2023 EACH YEAR.

YOUR DALLAS ZOO CELEBRATES SUCCESSES.

WE FACE ADVERSITY AND WE SET OUR SIGHTS ON THE YEAR AHEAD.

BUT OUR PERSEVERANCE IN 2023 HAS NEVER BEEN MORE TESTED.

IT STARTED WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED STRING OF CRIMINAL ACTS THAT SEEM TO STRIKE RANDOMLY, BUT AS IS ALWAYS THE CASE, WE MET THE CHALLENGE HEAD ON AND EMERGED STRONGER AND MORE SECURE ON THE OTHER SIDE.

IN MAY, OUR ANIMAL CARE AND VETERINARY TEAMS FACED A HERCULEAN TASK TRYING TO SAVE OUR ELEPHANT AJABU, WHO IS FIGHTING THE OFTEN LETHAL EEHV FOR THE SECOND TIME IN JUST THREE YEARS TO OUR HEARTBREAK, AJABU LOST HIS BATTLE, BUT IN HIS HONOR, AND THANKS IN PART, TO A GENEROUS DONATION FROM LONGTIME ZOO ADVOCATE DR. ANN STEWART.

WE HOPE TO WIN THE WAR ON THIS TERRIBLE VIRUS.

WE ARE NOW ONE OF JUST THREE ZOOS TO HAVE AN ONSITE EEHV LAB FOR AFRICAN ELEPHANTS TO HELP SPEED TEST RESULTS AND MOVE FORWARD TOWARDS FINDING A VACCINE.

ABOVE ALL.

THIS PAST APRIL, WE LOST A GREAT LEADER AND THE LIGHT THAT SERVED AS THE ZOO'S NORTH STAR FOR THE PAST 16 YEARS.

WHEN OUR PRESIDENT AND CEO GREG HUDSON PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY.

WHILE IT SHOOK US TO OUR CORE, HIS LEADERSHIP AND VISION LEFT US WITH A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE.

GREG'S INCREDIBLE VISION HELPED BRING TO LIFE THE GIANTS OF THE SAVANNAH HABITAT.

IN 2010 AND LAST NOVEMBER, WE REDEDICATED THIS TRANSFORMATIONAL HABITAT IN HIS HONOR.

DESPITE THE HEARTBREAK, WE'VE ALSO EXPERIENCED HEALING AND HEARTWARMING MOMENTS.

BEGINNING WITH THE BIRTH OF OKA BAILEY IN LATE FEBRUARY.

THE ANTICS OF THIS ADORABLE AND AWKWARD BABY ELEPHANT KEPT US MOTIVATED THROUGH THE DARKEST DAYS AND MAKE US SMILE.

STILL, WE CELEBRATED MANY FIRSTS, INCLUDING

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THE HATCH OF A US BRED MADAGASCAR POND.

HERON THE MADAGASCAR POND.

HERON IS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO THE INTERNATIONAL UNION FOR CONSERVATION OF NATURE, WHO WANTED TO SEE REPRODUCTION IN HUMAN CARE AS A SAFEGUARD.

AND NOW WE ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS SUCCESS STORY.

SIGNIFICANT MILESTONES FOR OUR REPTILE TEAM INCLUDE OUR FIRST HATCH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED BURMESE STAR TORTOISES.

THE FIRST EVER DOCUMENTED OCCURRENCE OF HEALTHY TWIN PARENTE MONITOR BABIES.

AND 12 HEALTHY HATCHINGS OF MANHAN PIT FIBERS.

THIS IS A HUGE WIN WITH ONLY 500 MANHAN PIT ZIPPERS KNOWN IN THE WILD.

HAVE WE MENTIONED TAKEI, THE ADORABLE WARTHOG BABE WHO'S BEEN STEALING HEARTS OF STAFF AND GUESTS SINCE SHE BOUNDED INTO OUR LIVES.

ALONG WITH OUR SECOND GENERATION OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED AERO PAUA GOATS, OUR BABY EVERETT TAM COLUMNIST MONKEY COLLARED LEMUR AND BLACK AND WHITE R LEMUR BABIES MAKE PRIMATE PLACE AND LEMUR LOOKOUT.

A FUN PLACE TO TRY TO SLOT THESE TINY ONES AND KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE LATEST PENGUIN CHICKEN AND BABY SLOTT BEYOND OUR GATES.

WE PROVIDE SUPPORT TO 37 CONSERVATION PARTNERS ACROSS FOUR CONTINENTS, WHETHER THAT'S LITTER, CLEANUPS, AND MONARCH BUTTERFLY TAGGING RIGHT HERE IN DALLAS.

WE'RE TAKING A TRIP TO THE MOUNTAINS OF MEXICO TO SEE THE MONARCH MIGRATION IN PERSON.

WE ARE ENGAGING PEOPLE IN DOING, NOT JUST KNOWING ABOUT CONSERVATION.

THIS CRITICAL SPECIES SAVING WORK IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT.

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT ALLOWS US TO DREAM BIG ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE IMPACT WE CAN HAVE RIGHT HERE AT THE ZOO, AND TO SAVE SPECIES AROUND THE WORLD.

THE SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY OF THIS COMMUNITY IS WHAT SETS US ON A PATH TO DO BIGGER, BETTER, AND BOLDER THINGS.

IT'S WHAT PROPELS US INTO THE NEXT YEAR AND WHAT INSPIRES US TO DREAM ABOUT WHAT'S POSSIBLE IN THE NEXT DECADE.

AROUND EVERY CORNER, WITH EVERY NEW FACT LEARNED AND WITH EVERY LIGHT BULB MOMENT IN THE TWINKLE IN A CHILD'S EYE, INSPIRING ALL AND WONDER AND CURIOSITY TODAY, WHAT'S OUT FRONT OF YOU AND WHAT LIES BEYOND.

THAT'S THE MAGIC THAT THE DALLAS SERIES.

SO THAT'S 2 20 23, THANK YOU.

AND, UH, LED UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ZOO'S CHIEF MISSION OFFICER HARRISON ADELE AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER SEAN GREEN.

UM, I WASN'T HERE FOR 2023.

I WATCHED IT FROM A DISTANCE.

IT WAS A TUMULTUOUS AND TRAGIC, UH, TRAUMATIC YEAR FOR THE ZOO.

UM, GREG HUDSON WAS A DEAR COLLEAGUE OF MINE, UH, AND A MENTOR.

AND PART OF THE REASON THAT I FIND MYSELF STANDING ON HIS SHOULDERS TODAY.

UM, I HAVE TO SAY THAT ALTHOUGH LAST YEAR WAS A TOUGH YEAR, UM, I'M SO PROUD OF THE EXECUTIVE TEAM, THE STAFF AND THE BOARD WHO RALLIED TOGETHER TO END THE YEAR SUCCESSFULLY WELCOMING ALMOST 950,000 GUESTS TO THE ZOO.

THANK YOU.

EVEN, UH, WATCHING AS A COLLEAGUE ON THE OUTSIDE, THE TENACITY OF THE DALLAS ZOO AND THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT WAS OBVIOUS COMING HERE IN 20 24, 1 THING IS SURE THE LOVE, PRIDE, AND SUPPORT OF THIS COMMUNITY OF DALLAS ZOO IS PALPABLE AND WE, UM, ARE A VITAL PART.

WE THINK OF OURSELF AS A VITAL PART OF THE FABRIC OF DALLAS, AND WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN HELPING MAKE THAT.

SO.

WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNITY IMPACT, THE DALLAS ZOO IS, UM, A CATALYST FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH.

WE DID A STUDY IN 2018 THAT FOUND THAT THE DALLAS ZOO OPERATIONS AND TOURISM GENERATES $245 MILLION IN ANNUAL GROSS PRODUCT.

OVER 3000 JOBS ACROSS THE ECONOMY, AND 16.6 MILLION IN TAX BENEFITS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO THE REGION.

NEXT SLIDE.

WE'RE A PROVEN PARTNER FOR GROWING IMPACT.

WE'RE OFTEN CITED BY THE CITY AS ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.

WE SERVE AS A ECONOMIC, UH, ENGINE FOR THE GROWTH OF THE REGION THROUGH TOURISM.

OVER 35% OF OUR COMBINED STAFF LIVE IN SOUTHERN DALLAS.

WE'RE ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN OAKCLIFF.

AND IF YOU LOOK HOW WE'VE GROWN SINCE THE PRIVATIZATION IN 2009, OUR ATTENDANCE HAS JUMPED FROM 620,000 TO 940.

OUR OPERATIONAL BUDGET HAS, UH, MORE THAN DOUBLED TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES.

UH, 228 WHEN WE STARTED, UM, AT PRIVATIZATION.

UH, NOW OVER ALMOST 600 WHEN YOU INCLUDE OUR CONCESSIONAIRE.

WE WELCOME HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF, UH, SCHOOL GROUPS AND CAMP PROGRAMS. AND OUR CONSERVATION INVESTMENT HAS, UH, HAS GROWN TO ALMOST, UH, OVER A MILLION.

WE LEAD THE WAY ON ACCESSIBILITY.

YOU SEE THERE A LIST OF MANY OF OUR PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS AS A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR SUPPORT.

48% OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED DALLAS ZOO DID SO FOR $10 OR LESS, 11% FOR FREE, THAT EQUATES TO 4.4 MILLION

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IN FREE AND DISCOUNTED ADMISSION IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR.

WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH, THE DALLAS ZOO IS A STRONG COMMUNITY PARTNER.

UH, WE REMAIN ONE OF THE MOST ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, AND ENGAGED CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY.

YOU SEE, THERE'S SOME OF THE WAYS THAT WE DO THAT.

THROUGH PAID INTERNSHIPS, ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EDUCATION PROGRAMS, UH, HUNDREDS OF PARTICIPANTS IN CONSERVATION EVENTS TO HELP CLEAN 14 DALLAS PARKS, FIVE YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH THE BISHOP ARTS THEATER.

UM, WE'RE HIGHLY ACTIVE AND ON THE BOARD OF THE OAK CLIFF CHAMBER THREE, UH, HOST FREE ADMISSION DAYS FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT DAYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

AND WE'RE CONTINUING TO ROLL OUT SPANISH, SPANISH LANGUAGE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES.

WE'RE A CHAMPION FOR EDUCATION, UH, A UNIQUE NATURE-BASED ENVIRONMENT.

UM, WE HAVE 200 SOUTHERN DALLAS FAMILIES THAT ATTENDED WILD ADVENTURES CAMP DURING SCHOOL BREAKS.

A HUNDRED, ALMOST 200 STUDENTS IN OUR WILD EARTH PRESCHOOL DISCOVERY SINCE 2018.

UH, DECADES LONG PARTNERSHIP WITH P-TECH, UM, THAT BRINGS INTERNS, UH, INTO THE JOBS STREAM FOR US.

UM, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER EVENT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

AS YOU SEE THERE, WE'RE COMMITTED TO DRIVING DIVERSITY INITIATIVES.

SO I THINK, UM, WE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING A ZOO FOR ALL AND ENSURING THAT MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY CAN SEE THEMSELVES IN THE ZOO, AT THE ZOO AND WITH THE ZOO.

WE ARE GUIDED BY A FIVE YEAR D-E-A-D-E-A-I PLAN THAT IS PART OF OUR ACCREDITATION WITH THE ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS. WE HAVE A BOARD COMMITMENT THAT'S FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY IMPACT AND ENGAGEMENT.

UH, WE HAVE, UH, RECENTLY PERFORMED A BELONGING AND INCLUSION BASELINE EVALUATION OF OUR STAFF SO THAT WE KNOW HOW TO, UH, GROW AND DEVELOP THERE.

WE HAVE, WE'RE CERTIFIED AS A SENSORY INCLUSIVE LOCATION BY CULTURE CITY.

AND AS OF YESTERDAY, WE ARE POSTING AND RECRUITING FOR A VICE PRESIDENT OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE.

SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE, SEND THEM OUR WAY.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR BOARD AND ITS COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, WE WANTED YOU JUST TO SEE SOME OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THAT.

WE HAVE ABOUT A EQUAL BASE OF FEMALE, UH, MALE TO FEMALE.

UH, GENDER DIVERSITY, AGE COMPOSITION, UH, YOU CAN SEE IS UM, IS PRETTY WELL SPREAD OUT.

WE DO, UM, ARE WORKING ON MORE RECRUITMENT AT THE YOUNGEST, UH, LEVEL FOR SURE.

UM, BUT A NICE SPREAD OF AGE DIVERSITY.

AND THEN WHEN IT COMES TO RACE AND ETHNICITY, THIS SLIDE MAY BE A LITTLE HARD TO SEE.

UM, BUT WE ARE TRACKING PRETTY WELL WITH THE CITY OF DALLAS AND THE GREATER DALLAS-FORT WORTH.

ARLINGTON MSA, WE TEND TO FALL SHORT RIGHT NOW, PARTICULARLY IN THE HISPANIC AND LATINO CATEGORY.

SO THAT'S BEEN TARGETED BY OUR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE AS AN AREA OF, UH, GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY FOR US AS WE LOOK AT BOARD RECRUITMENT WHEN IT COMES TO A PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.

THE DALLAS ZOO IS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE IN SOUTHERN DALLAS.

SO HERE'S A LOOK AT OUR OPERATING BUDGET OF 36 MILLION.

UH, 63% OF THAT IS STAFF SALARIES AND BENEFITS WITH A BREAKOUT INTO GENERAL OPERATION, UM, ANIMAL WELFARE REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPLIES AND OTHER EXPENSES.

SO, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PARK BOARD AND THE CITY OF DALLAS FOR INVESTING IN ONE OF THE LARGEST EMPLOYERS IN OAK CLIFF.

WE CARE FOR THIS, UH, VITAL ASSET THAT YOU'VE ENTRUSTED US TO STEWARD.

UM, SINCE 2021, THE DALLAS ZOO HAS USED ANY OF ITS OPERATIONAL SURPLUSES TO REINVEST IN THIS INFRASTRUCTURE.

9 MILLION IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND PARK IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE ZOO.

UM, SINCE 2021 ON THIS 106 ACRE CAMPUS, THE LARGEST, UH, CAMPUS OF A ZOO IN TEXAS.

SOME OF THOSE, UH, THAT YOU SEE ARE ANIMAL QUARANTINE, BUILDING A MAN WOLF HABITAT REPLACEMENT OF ANIMAL HEALTH CENTER ROOF RENOVATIONS TO THE ERT FAMILY CHILD, CHILDREN'S ZOO.

UM, AND ON AND ON AS YOU LOOK DOWN THERE.

UM, REALLY THE POINT OF THIS SLIDE IS TO SHOW YOU THAT WE ARE GOOD STEWARDS OF YOUR ASSET AND WE CONTINUE TO INVEST, UM, OUR PROFITS BACK INTO THE MISSION OF THIS ORGANIZATION.

NEXT SLIDE.

I GUESS THAT'S IT.

THANK YOU.

UNLESS YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, ONE FOR COMMENTS, MR. WOOD.

UH, YES.

AND, AND WELCOME TO OLD CLIFF.

I DIDN'T KNOW YOU MOVED INTO OLD CLIFF .

WHICH DISTRICT ONE? UH, DISTRICT ONE.

YES.

THAT'S, THAT'S DEFINITELY THE BEST DISTRICT.

I'M JUST RENTING RIGHT NOW, SO, YOU KNOW.

YEAH.

YOU NEED TO MOVE TO EIGHT.

OKAY, MOVE TO EIGHT.

I'LL TAKE THAT IN.

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THE NUMBER ONE IN THE CITY.

'CAUSE FOR A REASON, IT IS THE BEST.

ALRIGHT.

I, I JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU AND, AND TO SEAN AND THE WHOLE TEAM.

I WANNA SAY THANK YOU ALSO BECAUSE I SEE THE, I SEE YOU AROUND OAK CLIFF ALL THE TIME AND, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SUPPORTING AND HIRING SOME OF OUR ADAMSON HIGH SCHOOL HAS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE WORKING HERE, THE SENIORS AND AND SO ON AND SO ON.

I COULD JUST GO ON IN DETAILS, BUT JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU GUYS DO AND, AND, AND BEEN DOING FOR A LONG TIME FOR OAK CLIFF.

'CAUSE IT'S, IT'S A STAPLE HERE NOW.

AND I REMEMBER GROWING UP HERE IN DALLAS AND NOBODY EVER WANTED TO COME TO THE ZOO.

I, WE'VE HEARD THOSE STORIES MANY OF TIMES, BUT NOW PEOPLE RUN HERE TO COME BE PART OF IT.

SO JUST WANNA SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE WORK YOU GUYS ARE DOING, BEING GREAT PARTNERS AND STEWARDS OF OUR COMMUNITY AND, AND OUR PUBLIC.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I RAN HERE TOO WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE.

MR. SLAUGHTER.

YES.

UH, EVERYONE THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

THANK YOU FOR COMING HERE.

I WASN'T A BIG FAN OF THE ZOO.

SEE WHY I'M NOT TOO MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS, BUT BIG ANIMAL FANS.

, BUT YOU GOT, YOU GOT AN ADVOCATE FOR YOU.

SHE'S ONE OF THE MOST DECENT HUMAN BEINGS THAT I KNOW.

WHATEVER SHE ADVOCATES FOR, I'M ON THAT TEAM.

AND HER NAME IS MS. JOAN WARREN.

I THINK SHE'S SITTING HERE AND SHE CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT THE ZOO.

UH, ALSO MY FAMILY AND A LOT OF MY FRIENDS.

AND WE'RE JUST GLAD THAT WE COULD BE SUPPORTIVE OF YOU.

'CAUSE I THINK YOU ONE OF THE BEST PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE.

SO THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING DALLAS.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

AND DALLAS ZOO IS COMMITTED TO BEING A ZOO FOR EVERYONE.

UM, PART OF THAT IS LOOKING AT THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND BEING SURE THAT IT'S REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMMUNITY AND OUR BOARD.

AND NEXT YEAR WE'LL BE DOING MARKET RESEARCH ON OUR GUESTS AND BE ABLE TO SEE THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR GUESTS AND HOW WE MIGHT TARGET CERTAIN AUDIENCES TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING.

SO THANK YOU.

I'M, I'M GLAD JOAN TURNED YOU OVER.

SHE'S GOOD FOR THAT.

THANK YOU.

UM, THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION.

SO MY DAUGHTER'S, UH, KINDERGARTEN CLASS CAME HERE ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO FOR A FIELD TRIP.

UM, AND I JUST WANTED TO MENTION LISA KAMLER CHARLES AT THE MEMBERSHIP BOOTH, SHELBY, THE ZOOLOGIST, BRITTANY LAUR AND HUGO IN THE GIFT SHOP.

AS SPECIFIC PEOPLE THAT I SAW THAT WERE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND, THERE WASN'T A PERSON HERE THAT DIDN'T HAVE A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AND LOOKED LIKE THEY LOVED THEIR JOB.

SO, UM, IT WAS A BIG FIELD TRIP DAY.

THERE WERE A TON OF KIDS HERE, BUT, UM, WE HAD, WE HAD A HUNDRED PLUS FIVE AND SIX YEAR OLDS.

IT WAS FUN.

YOUR ENTIRE STAFF.

THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE THAT TOO.

AND I WILL ALSO ATTEST THAT, UH, IN PART TO OUR GUEST EXPERIENCE TRAINING, OUR BEST DAY EVER TRAINING, UM, THAT WE ENCOURAGE OUR STAFF TO BE FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING.

BUT IT, IT DIDN'T REALLY HARD WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THOSE KIDS IN THE PARK, IT'S A PRETTY UPLIFTING DAY TO REMIND YOU WHY YOU'RE HERE.

SO I'M GLAD THEY HAD A GOOD DAY WITH THE CROWDS.

IT ISN'T ALWAYS EASY.

THAT'S GREAT.

COME AND, YOU KNOW, AND SPECIAL THANKS TO SEAN AND CHRIS.

THEY DID MISS A HEARTBEAT IN THE TRANSITION.

AND YOU KNOW, YOU COMING FROM THAT, UH, ENERGY, VERY EXCITED.

ONE OF THE BEST PARTNERSHIPS WE HAVE, WHAT BETTER IT TELLS ABOUT MY THREE PREVIOUS PREDECESSORS ARE HERE, WHICH ARE ON YOUR BOARD WITH BOBBY, LUIS AND JOAN.

WE COMPETE BY SAYING AND, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY PROVIDE TO THE ZOO.

AND YOU KNOW, SO, SO REALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WHAT YOU DID TO PROPAGATE FOR THE ZOO.

AND THAT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

AND REALLY, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE THE GAME CHANGER FOR, YOU KNOW, AND I MISTAKE IN FRONT OF ME, MATT PARKER, THE MAYOR, I ENDED UP SAYING, WE JUST PASSED $30 MILLION AND HE'D BE THE BEST ZOO IN THE TEXT.

SHE SAID, REALLY? SO NOW WE NEED TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

HE THINK FOR WORTH IS BETTER.

BUT WE SAID DALLAS IS GOING TO BE, I SURE WILL MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR YOU.

, THANK YOU AGAIN.

AND OH, MR. BLAND, THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT.

JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE THE ZOO ON ALL THE GREAT WORK THAT EVERYONE IS DOING.

UM, WELCOME TO THE NEW CEO.

LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING ABLE TO MEET WITH YOU.

I TOO AM AN OAK, UH, OAK CLIFF DWELLER.

SO EXCITED THAT YOU ARE IN OUR, IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND THAT Y'ALL ARE MAKING THE COMMUNITY LITERALLY BETTER BY WHAT THE ZOO IS DOING.

AND A SHOUT OUT TO THE, UH, I DON'T KNOW IF I'M THE OTHER HARRISON OR IF HARRISON IS THE OTHER HARRISON , BUT I, I'M GLAD TO HAVE A BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER .

THANK Y'ALL.

THANK YOU.

UM, WELL IF THERE ARE NO MORE QUESTIONS, I APPRECIATE THE TIME.

THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

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AND LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU OUT HERE ON, UM, A RAINY OR A SUNNY DAY.

SO THANK YOU THAT TO OUR NEXT BRIEFING DOWNTOWN PARK INITIATIVE TESTING IS STILL ON.

OKAY, GOOD MORNING, MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD.

UM, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE.

OF COURSE, WE LOVE ALL OUR PARTNERS AND I HAVE BROUGHT SOME AMAZING WOMEN WHO ARE OUR PARTNERS, UH, DOWNTOWN.

AND SO TODAY I HAVE AMY MEADOWS, WHO IS CEO OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS PARKS CONSERVANCY.

AND I ALSO HAVE JENNIFER SCRIPPS, WHO IS CEO AND PRESIDENT OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS INCORPORATED.

UH, YES, PLEASE.

SO WE ARE SO EXCITED, UH, TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY ABOUT PARTNERSHIP, OUR COLLABORATIVE, OUR EFFORT IN MOVING DOWNTOWN FORK.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO AMY METALS AND WE'RE GONNA PLAY MUSICAL CHAIRS HERE.

GOOD MORNING, I'M SO EXCITED TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU TODAY.

AND I'M READING JOHN MY SCRIPT TO KEEP IN TIME WITH YOUR DIRECTIONS.

ALRIGHT.

UM, I AM WITH THE DOWNTOWN DALLAS PARKS CONSERVANCY.

WE ARE A LONGSTANDING NONPROFIT PARTNER OF THE PARK DEPARTMENT, FORMERLY KNOWN AS PARKS FOR DOWNTOWN DALLAS.

AND WE CHANGED OUR NAME IN THE FALL OF 2023 TO REFLECT OUR TRANSITION FROM PARK BUILDER TO PARK CHAMPION.

PRIOR TO, WE WERE KNOWN AS THE BELO FOUNDATION AND HAVE BEEN PARTNERED WITH THE PARK DEPARTMENT SINCE THE 19, UM, EARLY 1980S, OUR FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, ROBERT DECKARD, SERVED ON THE COMMITTEE THAT CREATED THE 2004 DOWNTOWN PARKS MASTER PLAN, AS WELL AS THE 2013 UPDATE.

THE CONSERVANCY LED THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION AND FIVE OUTTA SIX PARKS RECOMMENDED IN THE DOWNTOWN PARKS MASTER PLANS.

TODAY WE HAVE A MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT FOR CIVIC GARDEN, OVERSEE A ONE YEAR MAINTENANCE WARRANTY FOR, UH, EXCUSE ME, A LANDSCAPE CONTRACT FOR HARWOOD PARK.

WE CARE FOR THE PUBLIC ART AND CARPENTER PARK AND WE SUPPORT HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS IN PACIFIC PLAZA.

I'M GONNA TURN THIS OVER TO JENNIFER NOW TO INTRODUCE HER ORGANIZATION AND THEN I WILL TAKE THE, UM, MIC BACK TO GO FORWARD WITH THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU, AMY.

IT'S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ALL TODAY.

I'M THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS INC.

AND FOR 65 YEARS WE HAVE SERVED AS THE CHIEF ADVOCATE, CHAMPION, AND STEWARD OF THE DOWNTOWN CORE.

THINK ABOUT US KIND OF FOCUSED ON THAT HIGHWAY LOOP.

AND AS I'M SURE YOU KNOW, THIS HAS GONE THROUGH A TREMENDOUS AREA OF RENAISSANCE FOR OUR ENTIRE CITY.

WITH THE ADDITION OF THESE GYMS OF PARKS OVER THE LAST 20 PLUS YEARS, DDI PROVIDES DAILY ENHANCED SECURITY, CLEAN TEAM AND HOMELESS OUTREACH SERVICES THROUGHOUT DOWNTOWN, ALL OVER THE CITY, BUT ESPECIALLY IN OUR PARKS.

AND WE'RE SO GLAD TO BE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE TAKE THIS PARTNERSHIP TO THE NEXT LEVEL SO THAT WE PRESERVE THESE AS ASSETS FOR THE NEXT, YOU KNOW, GENERATIONS TO COME.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, UM, OUR FIRST SLIDE THIS MORNING IS ABOUT THE PURPOSE WHY WE'RE HERE.

THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENT FOR O AND M OF THE DOWNTOWN PARKS INCLUDES THREE PARTNERS.

THE PARK DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BASIC MAINTENANCE, DDI FOR ENHANCED CLEAN AND SAFE EFFORTS, AS WELL AS PARK PROGRAMMING AND THE CONSERVANCY AS A PARTNER FOR MAJOR CAPITAL REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS.

RECOGNIZING THE COMPLEXITY INHERENT IN MAINTAINING PARKS IN A DENSE URBAN ENVIRONMENT, THE CONSERVANCY TOOK PROACTIVE STEPS IN THE SUMMER OF 2023.

AND IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PARK DEPARTMENT AND DDI, WE SUBMITTED A GRANT PROPOSAL TO THE BETTER TOGETHER FUND, ALSO KNOWN AS BTF SEEKING GRANT SUPPORT FOR A MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION ASSESSMENT OF THE FOUR NEW DOWNTOWN PARKS.

THIS FORWARD THINKING INITIATIVE AIMED TO PROVIDE INSIGHTS, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND, EXCUSE ME, RECOMMENDATIONS TO GUIDE OUR UNIQUE THREE ORGANIZATION COLLABORATION IN ENSURING THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF THE URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD PARK NETWORK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

GRANT FUNDING WAS USED TO HIRE ETM ASSOCIATES, WHICH SPECIALIZES IN PUBLIC SPACE MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING FINANCIAL ANALYSIS OF MAINTENANCE COSTS AND STAFFING REQUIRED TO CARE FOR THESE HEAVILY DESIGNED PARKS AND A HIGH DENSITY ENVIRONMENT.

SUZANNE SMITH WITH SOCIAL IMPACT ARCHITECTS HAS DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB AS THE COLLABORATIONS FACILITATOR.

THE END RESULT

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OF THE PLANNING PHASE IS A DETAILED 55 PAGE REPORT, ASSESSING THE CURRENT AND FUTURE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS OF THE NEW DOWNTOWN PARKS.

THE ETM REPORT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO THE PARK BOARD IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE WHEN ITS FINAL EDITS ARE COMPLETED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THIS DALLAS MORNING NEWS EDITORIAL RAN IN MAY, 2022, HIGHLIGHTS THE EXTRAORDINARY SPEED IN WHICH THESE GREEN SPACES WERE ADDED TO THE DOWN DOWNTOWN LANDSCAPE.

THANKS TO THIS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.

WHAT MAY BE LESS APPARENT IS THAT TWO DECADES OF VISION PLANNING AND WORK HAVE GONE INTO THE REALIZATION OF THE DOWNTOWN PARKS MASTER PLAN, WHICH CONCEIVED THE RADICALLY DIFFERENT URBAN CORE THAT NOW EXISTS TODAY.

THESE PARKS ARE CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND HAVE PLAYED A, A VERY HUGE ROLE IN BRINGING DOWNTOWN TO LIFE AS A SITTER CITY CENTER OF URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT TRULY EMBODY LIVE, WORK, AND PLAY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS COLLABORATIVE EFFORT SPRUNG FROM THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FOUR PARKS IDENTIFIED IN THE 2013 DOWNTOWN PARKS MASTER PLAN, BUT THE VISION TO ADD NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS TO THE ORBIT.

URBAN CORE DATES BACK TO 2004 WHEN DALLAS'S FIRST DOWNTOWN PARKS MASTER PLAN WAS ADOPTED BY CITY COUNCIL.

TWO PARKS FROM THE 2004 PLAN WERE ADDED TO THE DOWNTOWN CORE MAIN STREET GARDEN IN 2009 AND CIVIC GARDEN IN 2012.

IN 2015, THE FOUNDATION BECAME PARKS FOR DOWNTOWN DALLAS AND COMMITTED $35 MILLION OF ITS ASSETS TO CREATE THE FOUR PRIORITY PARKS IDENTIFIED IN THE 2013 MASTER PLAN FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

IN 2018, A $93 MILLION CAPITAL PROGRAM LED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FOUR PARTS SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE 2006 AND 2017 BOND PROGRAMS, TAX INCREMENT FINANCING AND APPROXIMATELY 52 MILLION FROM THE CONSERVANCY AND PRIVATE DONORS.

THE LONG-TERM SUCCESS OF THIS AMBITIOUS PROGRAM TO GREEN DOWNTOWN IS DEPENDENT UPON THE FUNDING AND STAFFING NECESSARY TO PROVIDE ROUTINE BASIC MAINTENANCE FOR URBAN PARKS.

I'LL TURN IT OVER TO JENNIFER AND NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU, AMY.

AND WHAT A TREMENDOUS PATTERN OF SUCCESS IN BUILDING THESE PARKS WHEN AMY AND ALL OF THE PARKS PARTNERS UPDATED THAT MASTER PLAN IN 2013.

THIS SLIDE WAS EXTREMELY COMPELLING.

THE DARK BAR ON THE DALLAS COLUMN WAS WHERE WE WERE.

AND THIS IS DALLAS.

AND WE BELIEVE IN GOING BIG OR GOING HOME AND SO WORKED OVER THE PAST DECADE TO COMPLETE THAT WORK.

IT WAS A PLAN.

WE WORKED THE PLAN AND PLANNED THE WORK AND WORKED THE PLAN, AND NOW WE LEAD MAJOR PEERS, VER ATLANTA, CHICAGO, IN OUR PARKS PER THOUSAND RESIDENTS.

HOWEVER, I'M GONNA GIVE YOU A CONTEXT OF ALL OF THE CHANGES BREWING IN DOWNTOWN AND HOW WE ARE IN SOME WAYS Y'ALL WERE AHEAD OF DOWNTOWN AND, AND WE ARE ALL CONTINUING TO EVOLVE TOGETHER.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, PARKS WERE TRUCKING ALONG BUILDING THESE PARKS AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES.

IF YOU GREW UP IN DALLAS LIKE ME, I'LL TELL YOU WHERE I DIDN'T GO WITH MY FAMILY DOWNTOWN DALLAS, MAYBE ONCE A YEAR FOR THE PARADE.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, IT WAS A BUSINESS DISTRICT EXCLUSIVELY NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU LIVED.

THERE WAS ONE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING AS RECENTLY AS THE LATE NINETIES.

AND WITH THOUGHTFUL PLANNING AND CIVIC LEADERSHIP AND A LOT OF PARTNERSHIPS FROM THE PRIVATE SECTOR, I DO WANNA SAY ALL ALONG THE WAY, WHETHER IT WAS THE ARTS DISTRICT OR THE PARKS OR THE SOCIAL SERVICES IN DOWNTOWN, PHILANTHROPY STEPPED UP BIG TIME.

IT'S A KEY DETERMINANT.

IN DALLAS, WE NOW HAVE ALMOST 15,000 RESIDENTS WITH MORE THAN A THOUSAND CURRENT UNITS IN DEVELOPMENT.

AND SEVERAL MORE ON THE DARRING BOARD.

IF INTEREST RATES WILL JUST COME DOWN, THEY WILL, UH, OUR RESIDENTIAL POPULATION WILL CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE.

THE OLD ZOMBIE BUILDINGS, THE BUILDINGS FROM THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES HAVE LARGELY BEEN CONVERTED TO HOTELS, HOUSING.

WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT NEW TOOLS TO START TO ATTACK THOSE SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES, KIND OF THE ICONIC GLASS SKYSCRAPERS THAT ARE GONNA START TO EMERGE INTO MORE HOUSING.

AND WE HAVE THE ENTIRE CONVENTION CENTER DISTRICT ABOUT TO TAKE OFF THAT WILL ADD MORE HOTELS.

WE STILL NEED SOMETHING ON THE ORDER OF 3,500 HOTEL ROOMS IN DOWNTOWN.

MORE MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT AND MORE PEOPLE COMING DOWN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK IN THE EVENINGS ON THE WEEKENDS.

IN ADDITION TO STILL BEING THE LARGEST SUBMARKET OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN OUR METROPLEX KEY ACT.

IN ALL OF THIS IS SO FAR PARTNERS WITH, UM, OUR ECONOM, OUR ECONOMIC PARTNERS, OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS, AND THE INVESTMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE.

THE TAX BASE IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS HAS GROWN FROM 600, 565 MILLION IN 2005

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TO JUST UNDER 6 BILLION IN 2021.

I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS YEAR WE'LL SEE IT BREAK 6 BILLION.

THAT'S A 941% INCREASE.

DALLAS IS COMPETING TO GROW AS A CITY RELATIVE TO OUR SUBURBAN PEERS.

AND THAT GROWTH IS HAPPENING IN THE CORE, INCREASINGLY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO THAT DENSITY CREATES SPECIAL DEMANDS ON OUR PARKS AND PUBLIC SPACES BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE DOWNTOWN IN PARKS THAT STILL ARE NOT HUGE, THEY'RE VERY IMPORTANT, BUT THEY'RE INTENSELY USED.

WE HAVE MORE FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS AND CHILDREN IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS THAN WE DO LIVE CHILDREN.

ALTHOUGH THAT NUMBER IS GROWING AND ALL OF THOSE CRITTERS NEED TO BE WALKED.

AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT, THAT CREATES EXTRA EFFORTS, UM, WITH OUR CLEAN AND SAFE TEAM.

URBAN PARKS REQUIRE RIGOROUS MAINTENANCE.

THESE PARKS, KUDOS TO THE CONSERVANCY AND THE PARK BOARD FOR HAVING THE VISION.

THEY WERE DESIGNED AT HIGH STANDARDS.

THEY HAVE HIGHER MAINTENANCE IN MANY WAYS, HIGHER DESIGN STANDARDS THAN SOME OTHER PARKS SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY'RE IN THIS DENSE ENVIRONMENT.

AND THEN DDI ADDS A LAYER OF PROGRAMMING.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO ACTIVATE ALL OF THESE SPACES AND TO PERFECT OUR MOVIE NIGHTS AND OUR MARKETS AND OUR FESTIVALS AND OUR ARTS EVENTS.

THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL.

HOWEVER, THAT AGAIN, CREATES WEAR AND TEAR ON THESE SPACES, SPACES.

UM, AND SO, BUT IT DOES CREATE THAT KEY VIBRANCY.

AND WITH THAT, I'M GONNA TURN IT OVER TO RENEE, WHO'S BEEN OUR KEY PARTNER BECAUSE THE PARKS DEPARTMENT HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED THE BASIC MAINTENANCE.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO WHAT WE KNOW, UM, IS MAINTENANCE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL PARKS, RIGHT? WE KNOW THAT ACROSS THE PARK SYSTEM.

AND SO WE WANT TO WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE OUR MAINTENANCE IS UP TO PAR, UH, FOR EVERY COMMUNITY, UH, FOR THE CITY OF DALLAS.

AND SO, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO WE'VE EVOLVED FROM RENAISSANCE TO SUSTAINABILITY.

RIGHT NOW WE ARE WORLD PREMIER SYSTEM, RIGHT? SYSTEM FOR SURE.

AND SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO, WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF OUR DEPARTMENT JUST A LITTLE BIT AND HOW MUCH WE'VE CHANGED IN THE LAST FOUR PLUS YEARS.

AND SO, FOR INSTANCE, WE, BETWEEN 45 AND 60 PLUS PARKS, NOW THAT WE'VE ADVANCED OUR INVENTORY, UM, THAT CREATES A MOBILITY PIECE FOR OUR MAINTENANCE TEAMS. SO IT'S TAKING THEM MORE TIME WITH ALL OF THESE NEW PARKS AND THESE SERVICE AREAS TO GET TO THOSE LOCATIONS, TO SET UP, TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS STAGED.

WE'RE DOING A LOT MORE.

SO EVERYONE KNOWS THAT OF COURSE, JENNIFER'S ALREADY COVERED THE POPULATION DOWNTOWN AND WHAT THAT IMPACT AND WHAT THAT DENSITY NEEDS.

AND, UH, AND AROUND DOWNTOWN, IT'S NOT JUST DOWNTOWN, IT'S THE SURROUNDING AREAS OF DOWNTOWN TOO THAT ARE JUST GROWING IN POPULATION BECAUSE EVERYONE WANTS TO BE CLOSE TO THE CITY.

AND SO JUST LOOKING AT OUR COMMUNITY AS TO INTERNALLY OUR STAFF AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH OUR STAFF.

OF COURSE, WE'VE GONE TO MORE CONTRACTUAL SERVICES, RIGHT? AND EVEN THOUGH WE'VE GONE TO A CONTRACT COMPLIANCE, UH, GROUP THAT ACTUALLY MANAGES THE CONTRACTS, THAT'S REALLY CHANGED THE WAY WE DELIVER SERVICE.

OKAY? WE'VE LOST A LOT OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE.

UH, CRYSTAL AND I WERE TALKING THIS MORNING, WE'RE OVER 30% OF OUR STAFF HAVE BEEN HERE FIVE YEARS OR LESS.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN AS FAR AS THE KNOWLEDGE BASE AND THE SKILL OF OUR EMPLOYEES? SO THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO REALLY WORK ON TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STAFF IS SKILLED AND DOWNTOWN REQUIRE, REQUIRES ANOTHER LEVEL OF SKILL BECAUSE OF THE AMENITIES.

UH, ALL OF THE PEOPLE THERE.

IT, IT JUST REQUIRES MORE.

UM, SO PER DISTRICT, OUR FTE, YOU KNOW, OUR FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT OF OUR EMPLOYEES HAS GONE DOWN AS FAR AS DISTRICTS.

OKAY, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO WHAT'S AMAZING AND EXCITING IS WITH THIS ETM GROUP, THEY HAVE CREATED A LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND AS THE PARK DEPARTMENT, WE'VE DISCUSSED IT WITH THE LEADERSHIP AND EXECUTIVE TEAM.

WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE FOUND OUT AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO.

NOW.

WE KNOW THESE GROUPS, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER, WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE WORKING IN SYNERGY.

SO WE'RE GONNA THIS GROUP DOWN TO THE PARTS OPERATIONS GROUP.

WE, WE'LL BE MEETING EASILY WE, OUR FRONT LINES SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE'RE ALL ON THE GROUND UNDERSTANDING AND MANAGING AND MAINTAINING THESE PARKS.

WE'RE AGREEING ON A SET OF MAINTENANCE STANDARDS SO EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT IS REQUIRED, WHAT IS THE CRITERIA? HOW ARE WE GOING TO IMPACT OUR MAINTENANCE IN TOWN? WE'RE FORECASTING BUDGETS.

OF COURSE OUR BUDGET CHANGES FOR THE CITY.

AND SO, BUT WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT BUDGET AND SAY, THIS IS OUR INVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN.

THIS IS WHAT WE CAN COMMIT TO, UH, AS A RELATES TO CAPITAL, AS RELATES TO OPERATIONS AS WELL.

AND THEN WE HAVE THIS SHARED CALENDAR.

AS YOU ALL KNOW, PARK ACTIVATION STRATEGY IS SO IMPORTANT.

WE'VE SEEN ALL OF THE IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS OUR SYSTEM AS WE'VE ACTIVATED OUR PARKS AND FOR

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SURE GETTING THAT EFFICIENT, SUFFICIENT STAFFING SUPPORT.

WHAT ETM SAID WAS, WE NEED ABOUT 19 FTE FOR THESE DOWNTOWN PARKS IN COMPARISON TO PLACES LIKE CLYDE WARREN.

OF COURSE, WE'RE NOT THERE YET.

CAN WE GET THERE IN A TRANSITION? AND WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN WHEN THAT HAPPENS? AND WE CAN GET SOME FTE DEDICATED, WE CAN GET THAT SKILLS, GET THE SKILLS THAT WE NEED ON OUR SIDE, THEN THAT'S GONNA HELP WITH THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS AS WELL.

BECAUSE NOW WE KIND OF GO BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN DIFFERENT STAFF AS IT RELATES TO DOWNTOWN, AS IT RELATES TO NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS.

NOW WE CAN KIND OF CONCENTRATE IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA, AREA AND IT WILL ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE STAFF RESOURCES AS IT RELATES.

THEY CAN JUST STAY IN CERTAIN AREAS OF THE CITY.

SO ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS, AND ONE OF THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT IS THAT WE'VE BEEN PROVIDING SERVICES THE SAME WAY FOR A LONG TIME, OVER 20 YEARS AS FAR AS OUR SERVICE CENTERS.

NOW WE'RE LOOKING AT A SEVENTH SERVICE CENTER THAT COULD OPERATE AND MAINTAIN AND MANAGE DOWNTOWN IN THE SURROUNDING AREA.

AND SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS.

OF COURSE, THIS PROCESS IS JUST BEGINNING OF THE, YOU KNOW, JUST TRYING TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A, UH, REALLY GOOD COLLABORATION WORKING WELL.

AND WITH THAT, I'M GONNA TURN BACK OVER TO OUR PRESIDENT.

VERY EXCITED.

WHAT'S GOING ON? I OPEN UP A CONFERENCE QUESTIONS.

I HEARD 19 FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES OR IS THAT MONEY COMING FROM EXACTLY , OF COURSE, THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE SPEAKING TO THE BOARD.

UM, AS OF COURSE THIS IS A RECOMMENDATION, RIGHT? AND SO HOW CAN WE LOOK AT AS, AS FAR AS TRANSFORMATION TRANS TRANSITIONING, RIGHT? AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE COULD SAY WE COULD LOOK AT IS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THAT 19 FTE, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EVERYTHING.

SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IRRIGATION, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FOUNTAIN MANAGEMENT, WE TALK ABOUT HORTICULTURE.

AND SO WE HAVE DIFFERENT RESOURCES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE, BUT WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO TRANSITION? IT MAY NOT BE 19, RIGHT? BUT WHAT IT IS IDENTIFIED IS ALL OF THE TASKS THAT I NEEDED TO MAINTAIN AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL.

YOU KNOW, AS FAR AS WHERE THAT MONEY GOES.

I LOOK AT MY DIRECTOR FUND, BUT , TURN THAT OVER TO HIM.

YOU ALL, YOU, IF YOU NOTICE THE SLIDE THAT SHOWS THAT SINCE 2000 PARK SYSTEM HAS GROWN BY 45 PARKS, THAT'S HUGE.

BUT WE'RE STILL OPERATING IN THE SAME MODEL 35 YEARS AGO.

BUT WE ONLY HAVE SIX MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS.

IT IS TIME TO RESTRUCTURE, CREATE A SELF MAINTENANCE DISTRICT.

'CAUSE WHAT'S HAPPENING THERE IS YOU HAVE THESE SIX MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS AND THERE'S FOUR OF THEM THAT KIND OF TOUCHES DOWNTOWN.

EITHER COME IN DOWNTOWN, DO SOME WORK, AND THEN THEY GOING BACK OUT TO THE COMMUNITY NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS.

THAT'S VERY INEFFICIENT.

WE HADN'T KEPT UP WITH THE GROWTH OF CREATING ANOTHER MAINTENANCE DISTRICT.

THIS, THIS, THIS STUDY.

AND THE REPORT JUST VALIDATED WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE DONE PROBABLY 10 YEARS AGO.

AND IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON BECAUSE IT'S HURTING THE SERVICE LEVEL THAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE OTHER SIX MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS AND THE COMMUNITIES AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS.

AND SO, YES.

SO I HAVE, AS PART OF THIS BUDGET REQUEST, I WANT TO BUILD OUT OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS THAT SEVENTH MAINTENANCE DISTRICT.

SO WE WILL START OFF WITH KIND OF RESTRUCTURING, TAKING SOME RESOURCES FROM CURRENT, UH, MAINTENANCE DISTRICT.

BUT AT THE SAME TOKEN, WE GOTTA CREATE SOME OTHER POSITIONS.

AND SO THIS IS GONNA HELP US IMPROVE OUR MAINTENANCE SERVICE LEVEL, NOT JUST FOR DOWNTOWN, BUT FOR THE OTHER SIX MAINTENANCE ISSUES.

OKAY.

SO MAYBE I'M UNCLEAR ON WHAT EXACTLY THIS PRESENTATION IS ASKING US FOR.

WELL, I'M HEARING A SEVENTH MAINTENANCE DISTRICT, WHICH I DO NOT DISAGREE, BUT I'M HEARING AN ADDITIONAL NUMBER OF FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES SPECIFICALLY TO MANAGE THE DOWNTOWN PARKS.

WELL THAT'S WHAT I MEAN.

THE SEVENTH MAINTENANCE DISTRICT, WHICH IS NEEDED ANYWAY.

RIGHT? THIS REPORT IS BASICALLY TELLING YOU HAVE ALL THREE OF THE ENTITIES HAVE COME TOGETHER TO COLLABORATE TO IDENTIFY THE BEST PRACTICE AS IT RELATES TO COMMUNICATION, AS IT RELATES TO WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT, HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WORK TOGETHER, THE THREE DIFFERENT ENTITIES.

ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPONENTS THAT CAME OUT OF IT WHEN THEY SHARED IT WITH ME WAS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, DECIDED TO CREATE ANOTHER MAINTENANCE DISTRICT.

AND THIS JUST VALIDATED THAT I NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

OKAY.

IS IT HELPFUL THAT I ALSO ADD, WE DON'T EXPECT THE MAINTENANCE DISTRICT THAT'S NECESSARILY WE'LL DEFER TO YOU ALL TO JUST BE DOWNTOWN.

THERE'S OTHER URBAN PARKS, THE

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GRIGGS PARKS OF THE WORLD, THE XL PARKS WE EVEN TALKED ABOUT PARK YOU RIGHT? IT'S MORE GEOGRAPHIC, BUT MAYBE MORE FOCUSED.

NOT THE WHITE ROCK LAKES, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT HAVE UNIQUE.

SO IT WAS, WE WILL DEFER TO YOU ALL THAT, BUT IT JUST A GREATER FOCUS ON OUR GEOGRAPHY WAS KIND OF WHOLE LOOP.

MM-HMM.

AND I DISCUSSED AND DEPENDS ON WHAT HAPPENED WITH FAIR PARK.

WE HAVE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT A SEVENTH DISTRICT THAT WOULD'VE BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR FAIR PARK COMES INTO ALL OF THE SURROUNDING DOWNTOWN PARKS.

'CAUSE IT'S SO TIME CON IT'S SO TIME CONSUMING.

THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH A WHOLE DIFFERENT LEVEL TYPE OF MAINTENANCE.

THEY GOTTA DEAL WITH HIGH DENSITY, THEY GOTTA DEAL WITH GETTING AROUND CARS.

THEY GOTTA DEAL WITH WHERE THEY GO.

JUST SO YOU KNOW, IT'S ABOUT 35 MM-HMM.

PARK PARTIALS DOWNTOWN.

I KNOW WE THINK OF THE FOUR, BUT THERE'S 35 AND THERE'S A LITTLE SMALL LITTLE A QUARTER ACRE, HALF AN ACRE, AND THEY GOTTA GO FROM THERE TO THERE.

AND IT IS VERY INEFFICIENT FOR ME TO BE PULLING TEAMS FROM OUT OF A DISTRICT THREE THAT GOES ALL THE WAY DOWN TO 20 AND THEN GOTTA COME BACK INTO DOWNTOWN OR UH, OR WEST DALLAS DOING THE SAME THING.

OR, OR MY, MY NORTHERN DISTRICT DISTRICT FIVE GOING ALL THE WAY OUT TO BACHMAN, COMING ALL THE WAY BACK INTO DOWNTOWN.

THIS JUST VALIDATE WE NEED TO MOVE SOONER, RATHER LATER.

AND THAT 19 FTE IS WITHIN THAT SERVICE CENTER.

SO WHATEVER IS ALLOCATED, IT WOULD BE WITHIN THAT SEVENTH SERVICE CENTER.

SO CREATING THIS IS BASICALLY ASKING AND BRINGING THE CONVERSATION FORWARD ABOUT CREATING THAT SEVENTH SERVICE CENTER.

BUT I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE, BECAUSE WHAT A LITTLE, IT'S KIND OF THE UNDERCURRENT IS, I KNOW WE HAVE ALL THESE GREAT PARTNERSHIPS AND THERE'S A LOT OF MONEY THAT THEY'RE PRIVATELY RAISING FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THOSE SPECIFIC PARTS THAT ARE JUST THE FOUR.

BUT I DON'T EVER WANNA BE SITTING IN MY DISTRICT AND SAYING, WELL WAIT, YOU'RE GIVING ALL THESE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO A HIGH DENSITY PARK WHO'S GONNA LOOK LIKE PERFECTION IN MY PARK OVER HERE IN DISTRICT NINE OR ONE OR FOUR OR WHATEVER IS WELL, LIKE I DON'T, I I JUST WANNA MAKE SURE OUR RESOURCES ARE BEING SPREAD AROUND ALL OF US IN THE SAME WAY AND RAISING THE BAR FOR EVERYBODY.

NOT JUST, WE'RE THROWING EXTRA RESOURCES JUST TO THIS AREA.

JUST HIT ON IT.

MM-HMM.

THIS IS GONNA RAISE THE BAR FOR ALL THE OTHER DISTRICTS, BUT WE HAVE TO REALIZE WE'RE TAKING AWAY FROM RAISING THE BAR FOR THE OTHER CITY BECAUSE OF ALL THE DRIVE TIME WE'RE WASTED.

WE, AND NOT CREATING A SEVENTH DISTRICT 'CAUSE WITH DILUTING ALL THE OTHER DISTRICTS.

CORRECT.

THANK YOU.

THAT ANSWER MY QUESTION MS. MOND? I THINK BO WAS IN FRONT OF ME.

OH, SORRY.

GO AHEAD.

NO, YOU'RE OKAY.

I APPRECIATE YOU.

NO, BEFORE, I APPRECIATE YOU COURSE.

HOLD ON BEFORE I'LL GO BECAUSE THE ROOF.

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU ALL THREE OF YOU FOR THIS PRESENTATION.

I THINK WHAT WOULD HELP, BECAUSE, UH, PART OF DOWNTOWN IS IN DISTRICT TWO, I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S PIONEER PARKWAY, IT'S FERRIS.

MM-HMM .

IT IS THE, UH, IN FRONT OF CITY HALL PLAZA BETWEEN THE LIBRARY.

LIKE ALL OF THESE ARE LITTLE, THEY'RE PARKS THAT, UH, GO UNDER OUR MAINTENANCE.

SO I THINK IT'D BE REALLY HELPFUL WHEN WE'RE TALKING, WHEN WE'RE COMMUNICATING THIS SO OTHER PEOPLE KNOW WHAT OTHER AREAS, YOU KNOW, THAT THIS IS GOING, THIS DISTRICT SEVEN WOULD BE IN, IN INCLUDING THREE PARK, RIGHT? YEAH.

THAT, THAT'S, YEAH.

THAT'S, THAT'S HERE.

WELL, WE, THAT'S PARTNERS.

SO ADULTS, I THINK THAT BECAUSE SOME OF US KNOW THIS, NOT EVERYBODY ELSE.

SO AS WE PRESENT THIS, IT'S GONNA BE HELPFUL, UM, THAT FOR, FOR YOU TO JUST KIND OF ELABORATE TO THAT, YOU KNOW, AND INCLUDING OLD CITY PARK WITH YES.

LEADERS AND THE NEW PARK THAT WE'RE BUILDING, THE ONE ACRE.

SO ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE COMING TO US.

IF THAT'S EXPLAINED A LITTLE BIT MORE COHESIVELY TO THIS GROUP, I THINK THAT MIGHT REALLY KIND OF UNDERSTAND AND THAT THIS WAS THE EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES HERE FOR DISTRICT SEVEN.

IT'S ONLY ALLOWING IT TO, TO ALLEVIATE THE YES.

THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT'S PUT ON THE OTHER DISTRICTS.

SO IT'S NOT TAKING AWAY, UM, IT'S ONLY GONNA ADD TO THAT.

SO THANK YOU.

YES, THANK YOU.

ALL THREE.

THANK YOU.

I, I, I AGREE WITH YOU SO HIGHLY, BUT I, I WANT EVERYBODY TO HAVE IN THEIR MIND, THIS IS NOT IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

AND IF YOU'RE A PART BOARD MEMBER AND YOU'RE A GOOD STEWARD, WE SHOULD BE SUPPORTING BECAUSE THESE DOWNTOWN PARKS HELPS EVERYONE IN THIS TOWN.

EVERYONE, EVERYONE.

WE'VE GOT FOUR PARTNERS IN OUR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT I STAND WITH WHOLEHEARTEDLY.

DOWNTOWN PARKS, THE ZOO, THE STATE FAIR, AND ARBORETUM.

WHEN SOMETHING COMES FORCE TO SUPPORT THESE ENTITIES, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DO THEY PUT THEIR MONEY WHERE THEIR MOUTH DEALS AND THEIR LEADERSHIP

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IS OUTSTANDING, UH, I THINK THAT THIS NEW ENTITY, THIS NEW, UH, MAINTENANCE THAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR ALL.

WE DON'T, I DON'T LIKE TO BE ON THIS BOARD AND SAY, WELL, IT'S NOT IN DISTRICT EIGHT.

WHY ARE WE DOING IT?