Transitioning Old City Park’s Artifacts and Governance

Transitioning Old City Park’s Artifacts and Governance

Starting April 29, Dallas’ Old City Park will hold an estate sale, offering nearly 22,000 historic artifacts, furnishings, documents, and more before transitioning to city control, according to an Aol. article. It reports,


“Nearly 22,000 historic antiques and artifacts are among the items that the organization managing Dallas’ Old City Park will make available for the public to purchase in an estate sale starting April 29, its interim CEO said. The sale, which will include furnishings, quilts, documents and some non-historic items used for the non-profit’s day-to-day work (think office equipment), is necessary ahead of the parks impending transition to city control next month, said the Dallas County Heritage Society’s Michael Meadows.”


Meadows expressed sadness about the transition, noting the nonprofit’s contract with the city ends soon. Operating at the current rate isn’t feasible, according to a Microsoft Start article. It says, 


“”This is not a happy transition,” Meadows said. “There’s a lot of sadness that we’re at this point.”


He said the nonprofit’s contract with the city to manage the park is set to expire May 26. Continuing to operate the facility, which includes more than a dozen historic buildings, at the existing contract rate was not sustainable, he said.”


Andrea Hawkins from the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department assured that while Old City Park won’t be a museum anymore, visitors can still explore the historic buildings, according to a WFAA article. As per the report,


“”While Old City Park will no longer be registered as a museum, visitors, can expect a museum-like experience when exploring the historic buildings on the 20-acre property,” said Dallas Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Andrea Hawkins previously told WFAA. “”The Department has no plans to demolish the historic structures or sell any part of the property. Old City Park is a dedicated park land that will be maintained and used as a public park. The artifacts inside the buildings after the transition date will become property of the Department,” Hawkins added.”


Dustin Bullard, the Society’s board chair, expressed gratitude for managing Old City Park and affirmed ongoing support despite no longer overseeing daily operations.