Vol. 2, Issue 1 Compass Fall/Winter 2010 Dallas Park and Recreation Department Newsletter City of Dallas Inside this issue: 2 New Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park Dallas Parks Makes a Splash for the State Fair of Texas Stakeholders’ Love Your Parks It’s no t to reg too late dallas ister! Summit pa rk Aquarium Feeding eventb ssummit. rite.co m Schedule 3 Oncor Commits $1 T he Dallas Park and Recreation Board and Department, with the financial support of the Dallas Parks Foundation, is hosting a summit to educate citizens about the benefits of parks and recreation Million to Dallas programs on Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fair Park. Mayor Tom Leppert Recreation Centers will be the keynote speaker. as First Step in Long-term Health Participants may choose one session per time slot of the citizen-focused breakout sessions related and Fitness Plan to the critical role parks and recreation programs and services contribute to the economic, social, health and environmental vitality of Dallas and its neighborhoods. 4 In-depth parks and recreation summit brings individuals and groups together to: Dallas Park • Discover effective ways to elicit public and community involvement for Dallas parks and and Recreation recreation services Department • Share the essential benefits of parks and recreation programs with elected officials, community Accolades! decision makers, friends and neighbors • Become a citizen advocate! Learn how to work closely with the Dallas Park and Recreation Board and Department to address common community causes October Happenings in the Parks! Dallas Park and Recreation Department is hosting several exciting events for your and your family’s October entertainment. Mark your calendars! Samuell Grand BOOvie Night in the Park! State Dog & Disc October 29 Championship 5:30–9 p.m. October 9 Shakespeare 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Amphitheatre Samuell Grand Park, Samuell Grand Park 6200 E. Grand Ave. 6200 E. Grand Ave. Step To Stop Diabetes Walk 214-670-1383 Everyone is encouraged to walk to fight 214-670-1383 High flying canines diabetes. Register today. from across the state Carnival games, prizes Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute will compete for the and food followed by a free family J.J. Craft Recreation Center state championship in movie in the park. 4500 Spring Ave. fly ball teams, K-9 freestyle dancing and 214-349-4325 Frisbee® demonstrations. CompassDallas Park and Recreation Department Newsletter 2 Fall/Winter 2010 New Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park Makes a Splash for the State Fair of Texas The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park opened its doors just in time for the first day of the 2010 State Fair of Texas. The highlight of the new Aquarium is the outdoor pavilion featuring Stingray Bay, where visitors can feed and interact with cownose rays and small bamboo sharks. Next to it, a large shark pool is home to eagle rays as well as zebra, bonnethead, and other sharks. Indoors, the kid-friendly design offers interactive exhibits for hands-on exploration, with touch pools, feeding demonstrations, child-high viewing windows, birthday party facilities, colorful graphics, tools for teachers, and more. Formerly known as The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park, the historic art-deco building closed in January 2009 for renovation. “The Park and Recreation Department is excited to bring new attractions to Fair Park visitors and hope the Children’s Aquarium continues entertaining families for another 75 years. The Children’s Aquarium reflects the public’s interest, and renovation was supported by voters during the 2003 and 2006 bond election. Great care was involved in the renovation to enhance the facility to serve guests today while preserving our past by maintaining the integrity of structure. Now we look forward to entertaining and educating a new generation,” said Daniel Huerta, Fair Park Executive General Manager. Inside the Aquarium “An important component of the Aquarium redesign is to feature the sea The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park creatures from books and movies that are familiar to children,” said Lynn Kramer, D.V.M., deputy director for animal conservation and science. “We also raised the Animal Feeding Schedule floors and removed railings so children can get face-to-face with the fish.” Visitors can feed animals in Stingray Bay at 10 a.m., noon, and 2, 4, and 6 p.m. The Coastal touch pool is Intertidal Gallery Saltwater Gallery open continuously from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the Visitors to the Children’s Aquarium at A Saltwater Gallery located on the State Fair of Texas. Staff feedings for the following Fair Park enter a spacious room that left side of the Aquarium, includes sea creatures and nearby specimens take place daily is the setting for the Intertidal Gallery,displays representing the many at 11 a.m. featuring species that live in the ecosystems within the sea. A coconut Sunday Stingray Bay – sharks and rays brackish waters bridging saltwater and crab, the world’s largest hermit freshwater. The room is anchored by a crab, lives at the Shore. Clown fish, Monday Nearshore Gallery – wolf and coastal touch tank filled with horseshoe along with moray, garden, and wolf moray eels crabs, sea stars, sea urchins, eels, live at the Near-shore exhibit. Tuesday Freshwater Gallery – piranhas, anemones, and other creatures that Off-shore, visitors discover moon alligators, alligator snapping turtle children can touch. The Intertidal jellyfish and sea nettles. The Cold Wednesday Shore Gallery – sea turtle/giant Pacific Gallery also is home to upside-down Water tanks are home to the giant octopus and coconut crabs jellyfish in a mangrove exhibit and a Pacific octopus and king crabs. A Thursday Stingray Bay – sharks and rays large tank of 300 to 400 schooling fish, Coastal shark tank houses young such as Oriental sweet lips. white-tip sharks and baby sharks Friday Intertidal Gallery – schooling tank and of other species at the Aquarium. the Offshore Gallery animals, including Freshwater Gallery The Saltwater Gallery also features the Coastal shark tank To the right, visitors encounter the special habitats to represent the oil Saturday Freshwater Gallery – piranhas, Freshwater Gallery, which features rig and the Flower Garden habitats alligators, alligator snapping turtle bass, trout, piranhas, cichlids, tetras, in the Gulf of Mexico. A Wave exhibit and more. The very popular 174-pound demonstrates the natural motion of Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for children 3–11; alligator snapping turtle, which is the sea and shows how southern free for children age 2 and younger. more than 70 years old and has lived stargazers, flounders, and sergeant Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the Texas State at the Aquarium for 17 years, has majors adapt to the action of waves. Fair. (Visitors arriving before 6:30 p.m. may remain returned. Other animals associated Other displays feature Nocturnal, until 7 p.m. with freshwater habitats, including Symbiosis, Asian Saltmarsh, Sea of frogs, snakes, and turtles, are featured. Cortez, Lionfish, Kelp Forest, Lake Location: The Aquarium is located at 1462 First Lurking in a simulated cypress swamp, Victoria, Amazon, Trinity River, Oyster Ave. in the shadow of the Texas Star Ferris wheel. two small albino American alligators Reef, and other environments. For more information, call (469) 554-7500 or visit capture children’s attention. www.DallasZoo.com. CompassDallas Park and Recreation Department Newsletter 3 Fall/Winter 2010 Oncor Commits $1 million to Dallas Recreation Centers as First Step in Long-term Health and Fitness Plan Forty-two city recreation centers will be the cornerstone of the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative – a public-private partnership designed to create, cultivate funding, and develop programs to address the issues the city’s children face. To provide seed money for the Initiative, Oncor has committed $1 million to the Parks Foundation, which will Oncor’s commitment is a big step toward keeping all of the recreation also help ensure that the Recreation Centers remain open programs running despite recent budget shortfall. and as the primary outposts for the programs to come. The Mayor said with this first contribution, he is confident other corporate donors will step forward with additional donations and resources to participate in the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative. “The Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative will have a broad range of programs available, with the common goal of teaching kids how to be healthy and how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, but doing it in a fun way for the kids,” said Mayor Leppert. “This is the kind of public-private partnership that makes this a great city to live and work.” The Mayor also asked Oncor’s Chairman and CEO Bob Shapard to be a part of the leadership team as more city leaders, health experts, and celebrity athletes are added to this team to develop the programs and ensure its success. “The door for program ideas is wide open and just waiting for the leadership team to shape, with the backing of strong corporate citizens like Oncor,” said Mayor Leppert. Oncor is teaming with the city and Mayor Leppert to come up with long-term programs that will help the youth of Dallas live a healthier lifestyle. The initiative will utilize the cities recreation centers to educate and engage kids in living a healthy life. Oncor’s commitment is a big step toward keeping all of the recreation programs running despite recent budget shortfall. But, it is just the first step in a long-term initiative that Oncor and Mayor Leppert are committed to supporting and leading. “Oncor is proud to be able to help the City of Dallas and all the youth that depend on and enjoy these recreation centers,” Oncor Chairman and CEO Bob Shapard said. “But this is just the beginning in our partnership with the City. Whether its big steps like the donation we’re making today or small steps like employee volunteers passing out water at events, Oncor is committed to finding ways to help the Mayor’s new Youth Fitness Initiative.” Oncor is also developing a program that will create hike-and-bike trails along parts of the transmission right-of-way. This will be integral to helping improve the communities that Oncor serves. These trails can be a valuable contribution to the communities and the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative and its programs. “As Bob and I shared our visions for the Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, it was clear we shared the same vision for success. And we’re firmly committed to making it the kind of Oncor is also developing a program that will create hike-and-bike trails successful program that will benefit the city’s kids and the recreation centers for decades along parts of the transmission right- to come,” Mayor Leppert said. of-way. More information on all of these exciting programs will be available in the coming months. Compass Dallas Park and Recreation Department Newsletter Fall/Winter 2010 4 Accolades go to…… CONTACT US! Beam Receives State Leadership Award Administrative Offices (214) 670-4100 or visit Jill Beam received the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Vision www.dallascityhall.com/departments/ Award at the agency’s Volunteer Recognition Ceremony in Austin. Beam was honored for parkandrecreation or dallasparks.org her leadership and instruction in the DADS Texercise Program. During the ceremony, Beam Dallas Zoo was praised for “her thoughtfulness for others and her health education (and) the rare (214) 670-5656 ability to motivate people of all ages, especially seniors, to engage in challenging and life or visit www.dallaszoo.com enhancing fitness activities.” Golf, Tennis & Special Services (214) 670-8520 The award is given to individuals and groups that demonstrate exceptional community or visit www.golfindallas.net services through their understanding of healthy living issues specific to their community. Athletics and Reservations Beam oversees the Park Department’s Special Events and Reservations office. Leagues and tournaments: (214) 670-8740 Thompson Inducted into Sports Hall of Fame Texas Amateur Athletic Federation: (214) 243-1554 Fair Park event coordinator Earl Thompson knows the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and mentorship. An all-around athlete at Booker T. Washington High School Dog Parks (214) 670-8847 in Conroe, he excelled in four sports. To recognize his athletic abilities, Prairie View A&M University this month will induct Thompson into its Sports Hall of Fame. Fair Park (214) 670-8400 or visit www.fairpark.org In high school, Thompson played on three district and two state championship teams. In Aquatics track, he won honors in the 100-yard dash and in shot put, throwing the shot for the first time (214) 670-1926 in a district competition. He continued to excel in football and track while at Sam Houston Bahama Beach Waterpark State University. As an assistant coach, Thompson helped Bishop Dunne High School (214) 671-0820 become four-time state champions in track. Recreation Centers Information Williams receives (214) 670-8847 or (214) 670-1923 Dallas Park & Recreation Dept. the Texas 1500 Marilla St. Dallas, Texas 75201 Rangers Baseball (214) 670-4100 Foundation’s Triple This publication is produced by the Dallas Park and Recreation Play MVP Award Department Public Engagement office. Andrea Hawkins, Editor The Texas Rangers stepped up to the plate to support the park department’s Jr. Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program. During a Texas Rangers City of Dallas Baseball Foundation fund-raiser, youth sports manager Greg Williams received the foundation’s Triple Play MVP award. The kid-friendly smiles of Log on to www. four Jr. RBI participants on stage with Williams hit the winning home runs dallasparks.org with the crowd. Several star Texas Rangers including Michael Young and click on Leisure pledged their support to the city’s Link to register youth baseball. for Dallas Park and Recreation Department Fall Activities!