DALLAS -- Halloween is full of tricks and treats, but for those with the Trinity River Project got something sweeter than candy.
“Annette Simmons has committed $50 million to the Trinity Trust,” Mayor Mike Rawlings told media Monday.
Quite the treat! The Trinity River Park project got a $50 million boost from Annette Simmons. She donated the money In honor of her late husband, billionaire, Harold Simmons.
Annette’s Daughter, Amy, Spoke on behalf of the family. “When we first heard the plans about this iconic park in the heart of Dallas, God put in on my mom`s heart to be a part of transforming Dallas in what will be a beautiful outdoor environment.”
$50 million is a huge chunk of change, and according to Dallas mayor mike Rawlings, the donation is the single largest gift from a private donor towards the project. That money will launch the construction of the nearly 300 acres in Dallas.
“It's been talked about now for over 2 decades. The citizens voted on it at the end of the 90’s we didn’t get much movement in the early part of the century and once we showed that design that`s what took it to the next level,” Mayor Rawlings
Former Mayor Of Dallas, Ron Kirk was also on hand for the announcement. “This was a resource that lied underutilized for the first century of our life, now we have a chance to transform that.”
For cash does come with some contingencies, like the park must be named after mister Simmons, and be run by a private entity.
no word on when they’ll break ground but with 50 million in your pocket that might motivate a few folks to pick up a shovel.