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

City of Dallas Fair Park Administration

Job Opening

Friends of Fair Park Executive Director

Applications are being accepted until Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Friends of Fair Park (FFP)
Executive Director Job Description

Friends of Fair Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Fair Park's year-round use, support Fair Park's museums, preserve Fair Park's buildings, art, sculpture and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial, and thoughtfully plan for Fair Park's future.

The Executive Director is hired by and reports to Executive Board of Directors for FFP.


  • Represent FFP to the community
  • Actively Fundraise to support the Mission
  • Monitor all City Hall activities affecting Fair Park
  • Propose to the Board of Directors policies and major program ideas
  • Implement or assist Board committees in implementing, approved policies and programs, including arranging for the necessary administrative and clerical support
  • Oversee accuracy and quality of all communications distributed by FFP
  • Determine needs for additional staff and budget for that need
  • Work with Nominating and Board Development committee to continuously enhance Board
  • Organize Board and Executive Committee meetings
  • Oversee quality of preservation work in Fair Park
  • Coordinate liaison work with museum community
  • Ultimate fiscal responsibility for FFP
  • Ultimate personnel responsibility for FFP
  • Attend relevant events and meetings as FFP representative
  • Flexible time commitment required
  • Determine possible Grant for FFP and lead the effort to apply for Grants (Grant writing experience a plus)
  • Continuously refresh local knowledge of the people, places and things in the surrounding Fair Park area
  • Create and implement a Membership Management strategy with goal of growing membership
  • Create and maintain relationships and knowledge of City of Dallas governance
  • Encourage organization members and community members to volunteer at events

Primary responsibilities on FFP committees and other possible community committees include but not limited to:

  • Business that requires gaining consensus and cooperation from Fair Park tenants.
  • Park planning and development.
  • Neighborhood liaison.
  • Fair Park site supervision of preservation work.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Applications are being accepted until Saturday, June 16. Please submit resume to Chairman of the Board, Fred Baker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Friends of Fair Park

Bring Dad (and the whole family) to Fair Park

Looking for fun times with fathers and grandfathers in June? Come see us at Fair Park!

Father's Day, June 17, is a fun time to visit Fair Park. The park is active with a number of special events during the month of June that families can enjoy.

The Lion King opens Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Music Hall, and runs through Saturday, July 7. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, the popular musical has been seen by more than 90 million fans around the world. The entire Serengeti—with its giraffes, birds, and of course lions—comes to life on the stage with soaring music and amazing visual artistry.

But you don't have to be here just on Father’s Day. There are a variety of other events to bring Dad to that the whole family can enjoy.

The Summer Jam Comedy R&B Tour is happening Friday, June 1, 8:00 p.m., at the Music Hall.

Coffee & Politics meets at the African American Museum, Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Fair Park Sparks, a family fun time for all ages, will be held at the Automobile Building and at Big Tex Circle, Saturday, June 9, 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This annual event provides a fireworks display, food booths, children’s games, and more. It is always a great summer event.

World Oceans Day will be celebrated at the Children’s Aquarium, Sunday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more details about these events and more, visit our calendar.

If you and your family are looking for fun times with fathers and grandfathers, memorable experiences, great food, and the beauty of the largest park in Dallas, then come see us at Fair Park.

We will be looking for you!

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

Father's Day in Fair Park

World Parks Week

World Parks Week is an opportunity to celebrate our parks and green spaces.

April 28 through May 6 is World Parks Week, an annual worldwide event that encourages people to celebrate their parks and green spaces.

We know that parks such as Fair Park, TX! are of critical importance in a global context. We bring communities together year-round and offer opportunities for exercise, play, and family events, giving patrons a chance to consider the beauty of nature in a safe place.

Fair Park, TX! is on the world stage as a tourist attraction for art deco enthusiasts. The park serves as a draw for visitors from all around the world with its diverse cultural celebrations such as North Texas Irish Fest, Cinco De Mayo, Diwali Mela and Kwanzaafest and specialty festivals such as Get Kidz Fit, EARTHx, JMBLYA, Hot Chocolate Run, and Big Texas Beerfest. Our museums and our live performance venues increase the opportunities to enjoy the park.

Celebrate World Parks Week by visiting Fair Park soon as we showcase the year-round programming, special events, interactive opportunities, fun runs, and other activities happening on our campus. Visit for a complete list of events and weekly activities.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at Fair Park, Dallas'most visited premiere urban park!

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

Tejas Warrior

Fair Park Event Concessions

Here is how you can be considered for food and/or beverage vendor openings in Fair Park

There are two different paths to be a food and/or beverage vendor.

Fair Park is owned by the City of Dallas and currently managed by the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

There are two different opportunities to be a food and/or beverage vendor. One is specific to State Fair of Texas, which has its own contract with the city. The other path is for every other Fair Park event that takes place during the year.



There are specific City of Dallas procedures for food and beverage services in city-owned facilities. The city contracts with Master Concessionaires to coordinate all Fair Park food and beverage services and supplies. In instances of events contracted or produced by the city, a Master Concessionaire issues a request for proposals (RFP) for additional food and beverage service needs.

To receive information about these opportunities, you will want to sign up through the City of Dallas website here:

Once registered you will receive all RFPs related to food and beverage for the services for which you sign up.

We also recommend you call the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department's Fair Park office by phone to clarify any questions you may have about the Fair Park process and opportunities:

(214) 670-8400



As a separately contracted annual event with the City of Dallas, the State Fair of Texas has its own procedures for food and beverage vendors. The State Fair provides guidelines and applications for its food and beverage service vendors at:

The web page information also includes requirements for those who wish to participate in the State Fair's Big Tex Choice Awards.

If you have any questions not answered by the State Fair website about food and beverage concessions opportunities during the State Fair of Texas, contact:

(214) 565-9931

Fair Park Event Concessions

Dallas Goes Green

Dallas Park and Recreation Department is serious about reducing the human impact on our environment

The International Union for Conservation of Nature recently reported that for the first time in history, the urban population now exceeds the rural one. This poses unique challenges and opportunities to large cities like Dallas.

The Dallas Park and Recreation Department is serious about reducing the impacts on our environment that affect our city and later this month our department environmental initiatives will be on display at this year’s EARTHx event at Fair Park.

Environmental initiatives the department has undertaken include the Dallas Zoo Browse Program, Urban Biology, BIoBlitz, Pollinator Gardens, Waterwise and Drought Tolerant Landscaping and an Organic Pest Control Program. Additional efforts include working with our partners at the Texas Tree Foundation to increase the tree canopy in our City, participating in the Dallas 2017 Urban Heat Island Management Study, converting irrigation systems to Smart Irrigation Systems in partnership with the Dallas Innovation Alliance and the Feral Hog Control Program.

Helping urban dwellers coexist with wildlife and natural spaces is stressed through our urban biology programs and our pollinator habitats with conservation partners like Fair Park's Texas Discovery Gardens, Friends of Tenison Park, Elmwood Park and others. This helps attract bees, butterflies, birds and other important pollinators which are essential to a balanced ecosystem.

EARTHx 2018 will take place at Fair Park April 20-22 and will offer many informative and interactive exhibits to help you better understand our changing planet and the shifting urban landscape of our city. Please join us for an exciting weekend of demonstrations, kid's activities, and other fun, learning opportunities at this year’s event. While you are there, please drop by our exhibit to learn how you too can be part of the solution.

We look forward to seeing you here.

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

Dallas goes green