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Biking to and Around Fair Park

We’re on the threshold of summer, when the rains of spring tend to become fewer and farther between


This the perfect time to access and explore Fair Park in a way you may not have considered before: on your favorite two-wheeler.

Most people come to Fair Park via four wheels (their car or truck) or more than that (a DART train). In June, however, you have a chance of enjoying the park after thunderstorm season has ended and before the southwest winds of mid-summer kick in.

Accessing Fair Park by Bicycle
The good news: Fair Park is a great place to access, and enjoy, by bike. First, we’re just off the Santa Fe Trail, which traverses Old East Dallas, Junius Heights, Hollywood/Santa Monica and Lakewood Hills, among other neighborhoods.

Shared bike lanes along Martin Luther King, Jr Boulevard in South Dallas, and Main Street in downtown Dallas, enable residents in those communities to pedal to Fair Park in just minutes. And remember, it’s easier than ever before to ride DART buses and trains with your bike.

Biking Within Fair Park
Once you arrive at Fair Park, you’ll discover acres of space from which you can enjoy the spectacular architecture and sculptures that define the park. However, if you prefer to stroll the park grounds, you’ll find dedicated bike racks at the Dos Equis Pavilion concert facility and at the DART light rail stations located at Parry Avenue and at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

Cycling Events
This month, you can bike to and around Fair Park and benefit those in need at the same time. The Great Cycle Challenge USA enables you to put your mettle to your pedals and raise money for childhood cancer at the same time. Come on a Thursday night and enjoy the 2019 Fair Park Criterium races, sponsored by King Racing Group.

Next time you’re headed to Fair Park, consider doing so by bike. It’s very possible you’ll see me and some of my family there.


Matt Wood

 

 
Matt Wood
Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
214-426-3400
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Fair Park Crits photo by Lee McDaniel

Fair Park Crits photo by Lee McDaniel

Fair Park Fourth: Dallas' Fourth of July Celebration!

Enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance in 'everyone's backyard' – Fair Park


Once upon a time, Americans would gather in their backyards on the Fourth of July and have a fireworks show. For safety and environmental reasons, that's now against the law.

The good news is, you and your family still have the freedom to enjoy a spectacular fireworks performance in 'everyone's backyard' – Fair Park.

Here are a few reasons why I urge you to celebrate our nation’s independence at Fair Park Fourth:

It's A Spectacle
First, admission to Fair Park Fourth is FREE (parking costs $10 per car). That, PLUS the patriotic music, PLUS the fireworks should be enough enticement. Add in the concession offerings (including beer and wine) that will be available for purchase, and Fair Park Fourth should be irresistible.

It's Really A Day-Long Event
This year, the State Fair of Texas Midway (featuring several rides, games, and even Fletcher's corny dogs) will open at noon. Purchase Midway admission tickets at the entrance gates for $8, or at BigTex.com for $5.

Then, at 3 p.m., other attractions (including water inflatables, games, arts and crafts) will open. Arrive before the heat takes hold and make a day of it!

It's Local
The State Fair of Texas attracts visitors from all over Texas . . . and beyond. But Fair Park Fourth is for the people of DFW. Lots of people run into their neighbors or friends they haven’t seen in years. Enjoy a local event that’s meant for locals.

It's A Great Chance to Enjoy the Scenery
Fair Park Fourth is one of your last opportunities to enjoy the park grounds before the State Fair of Texas moves in. The poles, banners and other paraphernalia partially hide our art and architecture during the fair are not yet in place.

Introduce your kids to our historic murals. Revel in the Art Deco designs that were shockingly modern when they debuted in 1936. Come sit in the historic Cotton Bowl for the first time and imagine what it was like to cheer Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker on to victory. Soon, these aspects of the park will be harder to see.

Fair Park Fourth draws people representing all the cultures that make up our great region. My family will definitely be there – will yours?


Matt Wood

 

 
Matt Wood
Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
214-426-3400
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Fair Park Fourth photo by Justin Terveen

Fair Park Fourth photo by Justin Terveen

Secrets Revealed

Learn the surprising background behind Fair Park secrets. Share the subtle and offbeat parts of the park you find interesting!


Most of us are instructed early that, "It's not nice to keep secrets."

So I'm going to share with you some little secrets about Fair Park that escape the eyes of even many regular visitors. I'm also going to ask you to share with me those little odd, unnoticed aspects of the park that you find intriguing. Here we go:

1. FAIR PARK'S STATUE OF LIBERTY

Statue of LibertyYou may have seen, just north of the Hall of State, a quaint replica of the Statue of Liberty holding a torch just like its namesake in New York Harbor. But this smaller version was not a gift to Fair Park from France.

In the 1950s, the Boy Scouts of America helped fund the creation of numerous Statue of Liberty replicas that they distributed across the United States in honor of scouting’s 40th anniversary. This is one of those replicas, made of stamped sheet copper by the Friedley Voshardt Foundry in Chicago.

However, you may not have noticed that the plaque beneath the statue mistakenly identifies it as the Allegorical Figure of the State Fair of Texas. That statue sits near the main entrance gate to the park grounds.

No one knows for sure, but it's surmised the Statue of Liberty replica once stood near the Allegorical Figure monument, and that when workers relocated Lady Liberty to her current location in 1978, they mistakenly relocated the plaque along with her.

 
2. AN ARCHITECT GETS HIS REVENGE

B-A-R-T-H-E-L-M photo credit: Flashback DallasDonald Barthelme, who designed the grand Hall of State, was deeply disappointed when he learned he would not be allowed to engrave his name on the building. The architect's response: I’ll show you.

Glance at the top of the structure and you’ll see the last names of 59 prominent Texans encircling it. Now look at the first letters of the first eight names, and you’ll discover they spell out B-A-R-T-H-E-L-M.

We surmise Barthelme decided to make the next name Burnet, because there was no other name on the list that began with ‘E,’ and from a distance, the ‘B’ would resemble the letter ‘E’ more than any other letter would.

Got a question about something unusual you’ve seen at Fair Park?  Send it to me

 
3. A GIFT FROM GERMANY

Berlin BearDon’t be surprised if you stumble upon a bear cub as you saunter across the Fair Park grounds. The good news is, it’s not just harmless, it’s a symbol of peace.

The 84-pound sculpture was given by the people of Berlin to the people of Dallas in 1970, during the height of the Cold War and when Berlin was still a divided city. It was a token of good will created by German sculptor Hildebert Kliem, who was renowned for having restored many of the historical buildings in Germany that suffered damage during World War Two.

Why a bear? For more than 700 years, the black bear has been the unofficial mascot of Berlin, likely alluding to an ambitious 12th-century ruler of the region called Albrecht the Bear.

Fair Park contains many more secrets I’ll share with you in the future. Now that I’ve told you mine, you tell me yours.


Matt Wood

 

 
Matt Wood
Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
214-426-3400
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B-A-R-T-H-E-L-M photo credit: Flashback Dallas

Thank you for honoring Virginia McAlester

It's nice to know you love Fair Park as much as she does


We're very glad to have your support.

We thank you for donating to Friends of Fair Park in honor of Virginia Savage McAlester. Your backing helps us protect, preserve, and promote historic Fair Park.

In a few days, you will receive an acknowledgment from the Friend of Fair Park with the tax information you will need for your records.

If you have any questions about your contribution, please contact Matt Wood, President, at (214) 426-3400 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you, again.


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Matt Wood

 

 
Matt Wood
Executive Director, Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75210
214-426-3400
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

B-A-R-T-H-E-L-M photo credit: Flashback Dallas