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Friends of Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210 (214) 426-3400 friends@fairpark.org

Thank you, Craig Holcomb!

Friends of Fair Park executive retires after 28 years


Craig Holcomb recently retired as the Executive Director of the Friends of Fair Park. Having served in that capacity since May 8, 1990, Craig provided gifted leadership to the Friends organization fervent advocacy for the Fair Park and the Fair Park campus of museums and attractions to insure the parks success.

During his tenure as Executive Director of Friends of Fair Park, Craig has demonstrated his passion for culture, historic preservation, and making Fair Park a world class park. He has been diligently committed to making Fair Park a year-round destination for families and individuals to enjoy culture, entertainment, health and fitness, and to learn about and appreciate the incredible history of the Park. His deep interest in restoring the art and architecture across the campus, in buildings and spaces that had been original parts of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition is commendable.

Craig and the Friends created crowd pleasing significant events to Fair Park including the annual Dog Bowl held in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium, the Urban Dash, the patriotic celebration known as Fair Park Fourth, and much more.

We will miss seeing Craig at Fair Park and we thank him for his amazing accomplishments and contributions for the betterment of Fair Park. We know that he will long continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of Fair Park.

We look forward to seeing you here soon, as well.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600

[EDITOR'S NOTE: fairpark.org, Fair Park's monthly e-newsletters, and Fair Park's social media are also programs of the private, non-profit Friends of Fair Park. Craig Holcomb introduced online communication for Fair Park beginning in 2008 to help promote our historic landmark and activities to a wider audience. The Friends of Fair Park board of directors has named Matt Wood to succeed Mr. Holcomb. We look forward to continuing our year-round, park-wide advocacy role.]


Craig Holcomb

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Your membership will help preserve a historic landmark


Friends of Fair Park promotes the year-round use of Fair Park. Our non-profit Friends of Fair Park also helps preserve the buildings, art, sculpture, and other artifacts related to the 1936 Texas Centennial.

Your membership in the Friends of Fair Park will help encourage thoughtful planning for Fair Park's future. Learn all about us.

Your membership in the Friends of Fair Park also includes a subscription to our monthly e-newsletters.

Will you join today? Thank you!

MEMBERSHIP LEVEL
BENEFITS
Big Tex Membership - $25
(Special online offer ends midnight, Oct. 17, 2018)
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• Entry voucher for State Fair visit for six people (6)*

Cotton Bowl Membership - $60
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The above, plus:
• Free scheduled tours of Fair Park
• Invitations to member-only events
• Invitations to VIP receptions for two (2) people

Texas Centennial Membership - $100
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All of the above benefits plus:
• Invitations to VIP receptions for four (4) people

Texas Star Membership - $250
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All of the above benefits plus:
• Personalized brick in the Texas Promenade at Fair Park
• VIP parking at Friends' events

Esplanade Membership - $500
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All of the above benefits plus:
• Invitations to VIP receptions for six (6) people
• Listed as a sponsor of a Friends of Fair Park Signature Event

Spirit of the Centennial - $1,000
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All of the above benefits plus:
• Two (2) tickets to Spirit of the Centennial Award luncheon
• Spirit of the Centennial Award luncheon sponsorship


* Voucher can be used for one visit for up to six (6) people. Not valid on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays.
You can also print, complete, and mail this membership form to pay by check;
however, our $25 membership special offer is only available through online purchase.


Spirit of the Centennial

Matt Wood named new executive for Friends of Fair Park

Wood succeeds Craig Holcomb who served as Fair Park's chief advocate for 27 years


Following an extensive search, Friends of Fair Park's Board of Directors is excited to announce that Matt Wood has been selected as the next President of Friends of Fair Park.

"Matt's experience with Fair Park, City of Dallas and the surrounding community as well as his strong visionary leadership skills combine for an ideal leader of Friends of Fair Park," states Friends board chair, Melissa Rieman.

Wood adds, "I believe in the potential of Fair Park and believe that activating its potential must include being a showcase of innovation, generating opportunity, educating the next generation and celebrating all that is Texas."

Matt follows longtime President Craig Holcomb who is retiring after 27 years.

Matt Wood will begin his new role effective immediately. Jason Bradberry will remain Assistant Director and partner with Matt to ensure early momentum and strategic planning for the organization's next chapter.

The City of Dallas is in the final decision steps to privatize the management of Fair Park's grounds and facilities. This will remove day-to-day oversight of the historical exposition park from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The City of Dallas and its taxpayers will still own Fair Park and all its assets.

As a private, non-profit advocacy organization, Friends of Fair Park is independent of the city's management decision. Friends of Fair Park is currently offering a $25 membership special for those interested in shaping the future of this historical asset. Membership details can be found here.

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About Friends of Fair Park
Friends of Fair Park is a nonprofit citizens' group dedicated to keeping Fair Park a destination for affordable family-fun all 12 months of the year. Formed in 1986, the organization's key activities include promoting the year-round use of Fair Park, supporting the Fair Park museums, encouraging thoughtful planning for Fair Park's future, and preserving the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial. Chief among these promotional activities is the Friends' website fairpark.org and related social media. The organization also sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to purchase a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway. Friends of Fair Park also ensures such Fair Park-hosted events such as Fair Park Fourth and the Dog Bowl continue year after year. The offices of Friends of Fair Park are located in the Magnolia Lounge at the corner of First and Grand Avenues, next to the African American Museum.


Matt Wood

A Bright Future for Fair Park

Four 2017 bond campaign-funded projects already underway


The 2017 Dallas Bond Program, approved by Dallas voters last November, provides generous funding – over a billion dollars – for extensive improvements to the city's infrastructure, parks, and facilities.

Proposition C of the Bond Program included $50 million dollars to fund a variety of needed projects at 12 historic facilities at Fair Park: Music Hall at Fair Park, The Hall of State, African American Museum, the Coliseum, Tower Building, the Centennial Building, Texas Discovery Garden, Food and Fiber Building, Pan American Complex, the Science Place, the Aquarium Annex, and the Magnolia Lounge.

Four projects are already underway at the African American Museum, the Aquarium Annex, the Hall of State, and the Music Hall. Renovation projects such as roof repairs, mechanical and electrical improvements, plumbing and fire alarm systems upgrades, interior finishes, restoration of exterior walls, plaza restoration, architectural repairs, security and telecommunication system installations, and more.

For a complete overview of the entire Bond Program – and specifically Fair Park – with detailed information, statistics, charts, and financials, please visit the City of Dallas 2017 Bond Campaign website.

These improvements open doors to a bright future for Fair Park. We hope you will study the project details and see what is ahead.

We look forward to seeing you here soon.

Daniel Huerta
Executive General Manager
City of Dallas
Dallas Park & Recreation Fair Park Administration
3809 Grand Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
24-hour Information Line: 214-421-9600


A bright future for Fair Park