Simmons Widow Donates $50 Million for Trinity River Park

Simmons Widow Donates $50 Million for Trinity River Park

The City of Dallas has received a $50 million gift from the estate of the late Harold Simmons in support of the $250 million Trinity River Park project, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Announced by Simmons' widow, Annette, the largest private donation ever in support of a municipal project in Dallas will be used to fund the design and construction of a park between the Trinity River levees. To be named Harold Simmons Park, the park will span roughly 155 acres of the 285-acre basin considered part of the project. Because the proposed park is situated in a floodplain, it still requires approval from the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings expects the majority of the project to be funded by philanthropic gifts, with $27 million in city money available from a 1998 bond package. The Trinity Park Conservancy will manage the public-private partnership.

"This gift will begin the creation of a great public space in our city that will be a place to gather, to enjoy nature and promote health and well-being," Annette Simmons, who, with her late husband, was a 2011 signatory to the Giving Pledge, said in a press release. "I cannot think of a more lasting and meaningful way to honor Harold's memory and legacy."

Naomi Martin. "Mayor Rawlings Announces $50M Donation for Trinity Park From Estate of Late Billionaire Harold Simmons." Dallas Morning News 10/31/2016. "Annette Simmons Makes Historic $50 Million Donation to Trinity River Park Project" Trinity Trust Press Release 10/31/2016.