Dallas, Texas is about to become one of the greenest cities in the United States — and no one is really talking about it. According to The Dallas Morning News, three independent nature-oriented projects are plugging along in the same Trinity River Corridor.

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As reporter Stephen S. Smith notes, “This is happening with little public awareness because the projects are being conducted independently, managed by different parts of the government whose communications with each other are usually sparse.”

What is clear is the fact that once this “Nature District” is completed, it will boast 10,000 acres of nature-oriented space — that’s over 10 times the size of Central Park.

A rendering of a trail in Trinity River Park. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

A rendering of a trail in Trinity River Park. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The projects include golf courses, the Great Trinity Forest, an Audubon Center, lakes built by the Army Corps of Engineers to alleviate the floodwaters of the Trinity River and Trinity Park.

A lot of this is being made possible because of the Harold Simmons family, who in October donated $50 million to help fund Trinity Park and create the Harold Simmons Park.

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While the opportunity for marketing these projects as one massive urban nature park remains underutilized, it’s apparent that these projects will change Dallas. Located only 10 miles from downtown, it will be connected with a trail-style bike path set to be completed this summer.

So if you’re looking for a city with lots of green space, Dallas might just be your ticket.

A rendering showing what the finished projects will look like in the Trinity River Corridor. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

A rendering showing what the finished projects will look like in the Trinity River Corridor. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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