Yes! We are dog-friendly. Per Dallas City Ordinance, we just ask that your dogs remain on a leash at all times, and you pick up after your dog. As well, dogs are not allowed in any of our buildings, unless they are a service dog.
No. Old City Park is a Dallas Park and therefore, no smoking is allowed. Please refrain from smoking inside the grounds. Remember – many of our buildings are made of wood!
All of the buildings are authentic, historic structures that were moved to Old City Park over the last 40 years. Original sites include the Cedars Neighborhood (where we’re located), Plano, Carrollton, and land that is now DFW airport. The only buildings here that are on their original sites are the Rockhouse bathrooms (near the Farmstead), the two administration buildings across the street from the Donkey Paddock, and the Curatorial offices, next to the Visitor Parking lot.
Old City Park is funded in part by the City of Dallas and the Dallas Parks Department. For most restoration, programming, and presentation of the buildings and their artifacts and retaining the best staff, Old City Park relies on revenue and support from donors like you!
The museum has an annual budget of just under $1,000,000 (2017-2018 figures). Funding comes from a variety of sources:
Earned income (field trips, event rentals, admission) 50%
Contributed Income (memberships and donations) 25%
Endowment Income 10%
No. Brent Place closed in 2003. That building now houses our Bridal Suite, as well as education and collections storage. Snacks and drinks are available in our ticket office, general store, and saloon and you’re more than welcome to bring a picnic lunch to the park or check out some awesome restaurants around the Cedars neighborhood!
Yes and no. The City of Dallas owns the park land and the buildings. A nonprofit organization called the Dallas County Heritage Society runs the park through a long term management agreement with the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Parks and Recreation Department.
Approximately 50,000. Of these, we see over 20,000 area school children each year. Roughly half of the general admission visitors are residents of Dallas- Fort Worth and the other half are tourists from outside of Texas or from foreign countries.
No. The preservation, maintenance, repair, and upkeep of over 22 structures on 13 acres is a huge job that we are proud to embrace. Because of that, and to make sure our current structures are in the best shape they can be, we have decided not to add any more historic buildings to the park property.