Samuell Grand Park, Tenison Park, and the Tenison Golf courses, comprise one of largest and historic park areas in Dallas. MESA led a multidisciplinary team to create a high-level Framework Plan to determine the cost benefit of future golf development options for the Glen course and programming opportunities in the remainder of the park. The team worked closely with the City to assess the conditions of the study area, document the implications of those observations, and provide briefings to the public and stakeholders as part of the public engagement process.
The final plan preserves the natural beauty of the site, separates vehicular from pedestrian and bicycle traffic, improves safety and connectivity, and lowers the maintenance burden associated with erosion by proposing a 9-hole golf course in place of the previous 18-hole course. The land vacated by the course is proposed as a natural area with trails and overlooks along the creek adding much needed passive programming to this historic park.