The Conservancy

ABOUT TURTLE CREEK CONSERVANCY

Dallas is ever growing. But, amidst new projects, steel being erected and concrete being poured, there is a green space tucked into one of Dallas’ most beautiful and historic neighborhoods…Turtle Creek Park. 

This 20-acre park is a refuge from city life that has been protected and preserved for decades, all so that the people of our city have a place to stretch their legs, play, contemplate and celebrate. The group of dedicated citizens who consider it their privilege to care for this park is the Turtle Creek Conservancy.

Our Role

The Turtle Creek Conservancy is the nonprofit organization that cares for Turtle Creek Park. Together, our staff, volunteers and supporters preserve and enhance the City’s second oldest park for today’s visitors and for future generations.

Our Impact

20 acres

of green park space

128 years

of preserved history

12,000 residents

within a 10-minute walk

22,297 vehicles

pass the park daily on Turtle Creek Boulevard

62% increase

in visitors to the park over an 8-year period

$8 million+

in private dollars invested in this urban gem

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Turtle Creek Conservancy privately contracts for mowing and landscape care in the Formal Garden, Pavilion area, Judy Goff Pittman Formal Garden and other garden spaces. In addition, the Conservancy privately funds arbor specialists to climb higher to limb up the trees, remove sucker branches and dead limbs and open up the canopy to encourage grass growth.  We also secure donations of and for more trees to ensure that the park is forested for generations to come. We fund tree care like fertilization, specialized watering to minimize stress from heat as well as protection from of treatment of diseases. The Conservancy also takes care of three on-site fountains.

To rent Arlington Hall, you will work with the event experts at FGF CateringThey will work with your budget and consult with you on a range of Hall rental rates and catering packages taking into consideration your event date and time, size of your guest list and nature of your event. You can reach Director of Catering Sales at astein@ciemail.com or call (214) 520-8611.

The Turtle Creek Conservancy handles park rental requests that do not involve any catering. (FGF Catering books catered events). Please contact us for more information. 

Supporting the park is simple. You can make a donation, attend or sponsor one of our events, join the Turtle Creek Conservancy or even host your next event at Arlington Hall or the park. (100% of the rental fee goes to Turtle Creek Conservancy to help care for the park and Hall). Merchants can also donate in-kind products or services. We need and welcome your support!

Caring for Turtle Creek Park and Arlington Hall includes expenses related to landscaping, tree care, irrigation repair, sidewalk repair, plant and tree replacement, light bulb replacement, new lighting, painting, maintenance of HVAC and other systems, etc., and the coordination of all of these services. Your donation helps the Conservancy provide an elevated level of care, which is what helps keep the park beautiful.

The Turtle Creek Conservancy is a nonprofit that has had a contract with the City of Dallas for 22 years to care for historic Turtle Creek Park and Arlington Hall. The park is almost 20 acres at the center of the Turtle Creek Corridor and runs across Turtle Creek Boulevard to the Katy Trail, and also includes the parcel between Hall Street and Bowen Street. We raise the essential private funding needed to give an elevated level of care to Turtle Creek Park compared to other city parks. We do this by raising funds through events at Arlington Hall and Conservancy fundraisers, sponsorships, and “memberships” which we call Park Supporters.  

The Turtle Creek Association (TCA) has a beautification agreement with the City of Dallas for the medians and color beds in the Turtle Creek Corridor on either side of Turtle Creek Park.  They fund the plant material that is then installed by City of Dallas Park and Recreation staff.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Turtle Creek Conservancy is pleased to share recent financial audits. Readers are encouraged to view these figures with insight that the Conservancy shifted from cash basis to accrual accounting in 2018, and experienced two events that diverted and diluted event-generated and private donations from the organization’s revenue generating efforts.  We are optimistic about returning to the support and momentum of previous years for 2021 and beyond.