Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board

James Pratt, Board Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas County - Parks and Open Space Board
Title: Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board
Dates: 1987-1994
Accession No.: MA00-2
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Background

The Dallas County Parks and Open Space Program was established in 1977, when voters approved two million dollars for the county to acquire undeveloped land for preservation. In 1981, the county adopted a Dallas County Open Space Plan. Through this program, Dallas County has acquired 21 preserves located around the county, including Joppa Preserve, the Trinity River Greenbelt, and Elm Fork Preserve. A 25 person board with each county commissioner appointing three members with the task of administering the Dallas County Parks and Open Space plan. Members of the board are expected to serve a two year term, but may serve no more than six (years). With a majority of Dallas County now an urban environment, the importance of preserving and conserving wildlife for members of the community to has become apparent.

James Pratt served on the Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board from 1987 to 1994. A noted Dallas Architect, whose firm James Pratt Architecture/Urban Design Inc has been a part of many major projects in the city of Dallas, his first building was constructed in 1957. Pratt has served on several projects and boards benefiting the city of Dallas and is widely respected for his involvement in the community.

Scope and Contents

The Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board papers consist of board materials kept by James Pratt during his service as a board member. Pratt organized his files chronologically by year. To better organize his board papers, the materials were kept chronological, but sorted into Board Membership; Board Documents and Reports; Correspondence and Memorandum; and Agendas and Minutes along with other miscellaneous topics. There is also a series of files relating to James Pratt, his firm and other organizational memberships, and miscellaneous topics somewhat connected to the Parks and Open Space Board.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Pratt, James
Dallas County - Parks and Open Space Board
Family Names:
Dallas County
Dallas County - Parks
Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board

Related Material

MA84-16 James Pratt Collection

MA93-11 James Pratt Collection II

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA00-02 Dallas County Parks and Open Space Board, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 a. Register



Box Folder
1 1 Lemmon Lake Park Conceptual Development Study



Box Folder
1 2 Board Members
3 Board Documents and Reports
4 Correspondence and Memorandum
5 Agendas and Minutes



Box Folder
1 6 Board Documents and Reports
7 Correspondence and Memorandum
8 Agendas and Minutes
9 Draft - Dallas County Parks and Open Space Plan



Box Folder
1 10 Board Orientation Materials
11 Proposed Sites
12 Board Documents and Reports
13 Correspondence and Memorandum
Box Folder
2 1 Agendas and Minutes
2 Dallas County Open Space Plan
3 Board Member Information Booklet



Box Folder
2 4 Board Members
5 Board Documents and Reports
6 Correspondence and Memorandum
7 Agendas and Minutes



Box Folder
2 8 Board Membership
9 Board Documents and Reports
10 Correspondence and Memorandum
11 Agendas and Minutes



Box Folder
3 1 Board Documents and Reports
2 Correspondence and Memorandum
3 Agendas and Minutes


James Pratt

Box Folder
3 4 Correspondence
5 Notes
6 Parks and Open Spaces
7 Pratt Architecture and Urban Design
8 Greater Dallas Planning Council