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In the heart of Old East Dallas lies one of the City’s largest urban parks, Exall Park. The park was established in 1917 and designed by renowned architect George Kessler.

Exall Park enjoyed many decades of glory years. However, during the ‘70s and ’80 when many Dallas parks endured budget cutbacks Exall became a casualty.

In the mid 1990’s a group of Bryan Place residents led by Caren Pemberton came together to begin making some positive improvements to Exall Park. They were able to lobby the City Councilwoman at the time, many residents of Bryan Place, and some corporate neighbors to raise both public and private funds.

By 2005 a second group of concerned Bryan Place residents came together led by Sue Dorsey and Beth Borman to form the “Friends of Exall Park.” It is a 501 (c) (3) private, non‐profit corporation that has partnered with the City of Dallas’ Parks and Recreation Department. The “Friends” group has been working with the City of Dallas to help make Exall Park one of the premier urban parks in the State of Texas.  A community vision was realized to come together to protect our biggest asset that sits right in the front yard of Bryan Place.

The “Friends” group continues to work tirelessly to make Exall Park a destination for fun, fellowship, and family enjoyment. Over the years Exall Park has  hosted concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other family‐oriented fun events in the park.  The “Friends” group collectively has fulfilled a dream to make Exall Park a beautiful oasis for our neighborhood, the community, and all of Dallas to enjoy.

You can help by joining “The Friends of Exall Park.” We all know there is a direct correlation between community involvement, land values, and safety.  This 501 (c) (3) non‐profit allows you to make a tax‐deductible donation for the beautification, maintenance, and event programming at Exall Park.

Please contact Tom Zielinski at or Wayne Smith at for more information. Or you may send a donation to:

Friends of Exall Park, P.O. Box
710206, Dallas, TX. 75371.

We appreciate your interest and support.