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Dallas County Open Space System

Planning and Development

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wildflower and butterflyRecognizing that the rapid urbanization of North Central Texas was significantly reducing the area's supply of undeveloped land and threatening some of its more environmentally unique features, Dallas County first began establishing an open space system in 1976.

This system now contains twenty-one preserves and 3,366 acres located throughout the County.  Designed to resemble a national park rather than a neighborhood playground or athletic field, the County's preserves offer a variety of topographical, geological, and environmental experiences.  Some are hilly and rocky, some are broad meadows, some include wetlands, some are heavily wooded, and some are historically significant to both Texas and  Dallas County. The preserves set aside natural habitats where native plants, reptiles, birds and mammals can continue to thrive.

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DALLAS COUNTY OPEN SPACE SYSTEM

 

PRESERVE

LOCATION

ACREAGE

YEAR ESTABLISHED

1

LORCH PARK

Cedar Hill

82

1976

2

ELM FORK  PRESERVE

Carrollton

22

1983

3

NORTH MESQUITE CREEK PRESERVE

Mesquite

22

1983

4

TRINITY RIVER-MOUNTAIN CREEK PRESERVE

Irving

52

1984

5

CEDAR RIDGE PRESERVE

Dallas

301

1984

6

McCOMMAS BLUFF PRESERVE

Dallas

111

1985

7

ROWLETT CREEK PRESERVE

Garland

97

1985

8

TENMILE CREEK PRESERVE

Lancaster

125

1985

9

JOPPA PRESERVE

Dallas

307

1986

10

LEE F. JACKSON SPRING CREEK FOREST PRESERVE

Garland

69

1987

11

COTTONWOOD CREEK PRESERVE

Wilmer

220

1989

12

SPRING CREEK PARK PRESERVE

Garland

33

1990

13

GRAPEVINE SPRINGS PARK PRESERVE

Coppell

16

1991

14

RIVERBEND PRESERVE

Unincorp

518

1992

15

FISH CREEK PRESERVE

Grand Prairie

37

1992

16

WINDMILL HILL PRESERVE

DeSoto

75

1993

17

POST OAK PRESERVE

Seagoville

335

1993

18

PALMETTO-ALLIGATOR SLOUGH PRESERVE

Unincorp

268

1993

19

GOAT ISLAND PRESERVE

Unincorp

348

1993

20

CEDAR MOUNTAIN

PRESERVE

Cedar Hill

123

1993

21

MUDDY CREEK PRESERVE

Wylie and Sachse

205

1996

 

TOTAL

3366

 

 

A County preserve is usually no more than 20-30 minutes from where you live.  They are all open to the public with the exception of the Palmetto-Alligator Slough Preserve which will be opened at a later date once access improvements are made.

The preservation of natural open spaces has many benefits: wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, buffer zones between developments, increased property values of adjacent land, noise attenuation, air pollution reduction, water quality preservation and improvement, and natural and cultural resource preservation.

The County has acquired its 3,366 acres using a combination of County funds, State and Federal grants, and cash donations. Some of the preserves have also been graciously donated to the County by private landowners--Lorch Park, North Mesquite Creek Preserve, Grapevine Springs Park Preserve, and Tenmile Creek Preserve are examples of the generosity of the County's citizens.

For more information about the County's open space system, please call Rose Adame at (214) 653-6653.  

Please also use Facebook (Dallas County Trails and Preserves) for additional special feature information.