Important Announcement: “Navigating the Winds of Change”

Dear Friends of Old City Park


We have some important news to share with you. After more than 50 years of managing Old City Park as a living history museum and historic public park, the Dallas County Heritage Society (DCHS) is announcing that its management of the Park will officially end on May 26, 2024. Effective May 27, 2024, the Dallas Park and Recreation Department (Park Department) will be responsible for the day-to-day management, operations, and maintenance of Old City Park.


Upon the end of our 30-year management agreement in May 2023, DCHS received a 12-month extension agreement from the City of Dallas. This extension was meant to allow time for the Park Department to conduct a master planning process for Old City Park. Subsequently, the Park Department informed the leadership of DCHS that it would assume full responsibility for the management of Old City Park after the extension agreement ends. During this extension period, DCHS and Park Department staff have agreed to work together to facilitate a smooth transition in the park’s operations as well as coordinate the ongoing maintenance of the grounds and historic structures. 


Although DCHS will no longer manage Old City Park after May 26, 2024, the organization’s Board of Trustees remains committed to supporting the historic park in the future, as volunteers and donors. The Board will use the next few months to determine the best organizational structure to accomplish this goal. DCHS will ensure that the Park’s animals and collection of historical artifacts continue to receive exceptional care throughout this transition. Until the extension period ends, DCHS will continue to host beloved events like the Candlelight celebration in December, as well as various educational and recreational activities for the benefit of Dallas-area residents and visitors.


The Board’s decision to continue supporting Old City Park in a volunteer capacity comes from a place of love and admiration for Dallas’ oldest public park and an abiding belief that it should be preserved and well-maintained for future generations. As the Cedars neighborhood continues to change and grow, the Board remains enthusiastic about the Park’s future as a valuable historic asset and important green space in the heart of Dallas.


“It has been a pleasure for the Dallas County Heritage Society to have managed Old City Park for several generations of Dallas visitors and residents,” said Dustin Bullard, Chair of the DCHS Board of Trustees. “We remain committed to supporting Old City Park and its legacy for future generations to come.”


Thank you for your ongoing support of Old City Park. We hope to see you at Candlelight and  look forward to sharing additional details regarding this transition in the months ahead.