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Dallas' Fair Park puts out call for new tenants to activate space year-round

Dallas' Fair Park puts out call for new tenants to activate year-round

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You could be part of this magical place. Photo courtesy of Dallas CVB

Calling restaurants, retailers, and recreational concepts: Fair Park wants you.

According to a release, Fair Park First, the nonprofit acting as the private professional manager of Fair Park, is working on revitalizing the 277-acre campus. To that end, it is seeking tenants for three vacant spaces and inviting local organizations to submit proposals.

"It's our hope to re-activate the crown jewel of the City of Dallas Park Systems," says executive director Brian Luallen in a statement. "As we continue to listen and learn from friends and neighbors of the park, there's been an overwhelming amount of feedback related to new food and beverage, recreational, cultural, educational, and entertainment related experiences on campus."

The following spaces are up for grabs:

  • Women's Building - 68,175 square feet
  • Science Place 1 (Building, Imax Theater, Exhibition Hall) - 155, 980 square feet
  • Museum of Natural History - 31,950 square feet

Proposals will be considered for uses such as recreational, civic, cultural, educational, entertainment, arts, retail, food and beverage, and other uses that will attract visitors to the park.

They're seeking business owners and institutions who share a common vision and innovative ideas for activating Fair Park. That means viewing it as a year-round space, with the ability to attract new and repeat visitors.

Interested business owners can submit proposals through a formalized request for information (RFI).

A complete list of information needed for consideration can be found at www.fairparkfirst.org on August 19. Site tours for qualified respondents will take place in September, and the deadline for all proposal submissions is October 15, 2019.

Fair Park First will review submissions considering factors such as the ability to integrate into the master plan, commercial viability, the ability to increase visitors and revenue, enhancement of cultural offerings and unique entertainment options, and long-term sustainability.

In February 2020, Fair Park First will make its recommendations to the FPF Board for approval. Applicants will be notified via email on March 1, 2020.

Fair Park First is part of a team, with Spectra, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures (BRV), and In The City For Good that was selected in 2018 by the city of Dallas to run Fair Park.