Friends of Exall Park is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit corporation focused on the beautification and programming for Exall Park – Dallas’ largest park in the Central Business District.

Early Park History

Exall Park was established in 1917 and designed by renowned architect George Kessler.

Exall Park enjoyed many decades of glory years. However, during the ‘70s and ’80 when many Dallas parks endured budget cutbacks Exall became a casualty.

In the mid 1990’s a group of Bryan Place residents led by Caren Pemberton came together to begin making some positive improvements to Exall Park. They were able to lobby the City Councilwoman at the time, many residents of Bryan Place, and some corporate neighbors to raise both public and private funds.

Friends of Exall Park

By 2005 a second group of concerned Bryan Place residents came together led by Sue Dorsey and Beth Borman to form the “Friends of Exall Park.” It is a 501 (c) (3) private, non‐profit corporation that has partnered with the City of Dallas’ Parks and Recreation Department. Friends has been working with the City of Dallas to help make Exall Park one of the premier urban parks in the State of Texas.  A community vision was realized to come together to protect our biggest asset that sits right in the front yard of Bryan Place.

Friends continues to work tirelessly to make Exall Park a destination for fun, fellowship, and family enjoyment. Over the years Exall Park has  hosted concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other family‐oriented fun events in the park.

Friends has fulfilled a dream to make Exall Park a beautiful oasis for our neighborhood, the community, and all of Dallas to enjoy.

Become a Friend of Exall Park

For more information about The Friends of Exall Park, please call

Tom Zielinski/President at 214-460-1667 or email to 

Visit the "Friends of Exall Park" Website

Exall Park Needs Your Help!

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Could you and a neighbor spare Saturday morning, April 23rd for a fun volunteer day in Exall Park? Your help would be so appreciated and we are going to have…

January 2016 Yard of the Month

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We are starting the new year by celebrating the Holiday Trees in the Park as our Bryan Place Neighborhood Association Yard of the Month. The Friends of Exall Park outdid…

Tree Lighting in the Park

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Please gather friends and family and join the excitement of our 2nd annual Holiday Tree Lighting Festival at Exall Park on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The event will begin at…

Christmas Tree Event – Reserve your Tree

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Don’t Forget to reserve your tree for the Exall Park for your group. We will also have a tree decorating contest for our commercial sponsors and a big contest brewing…

Exall Park’s New Exercise Equipment Dedication

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The Friends of Exall Park held a dedication celebration for the five new exercise stations installed in the park. Wayne Smith was the champion of this effort’s fund raising and…

Exall Park “Christmas Tree Lighting in the Park”

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The Friends of Exall Park would like to invite the entire neighborhood, your children, and your friends to our 2nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Tree Decorating Contest in the…

Holiday Trees – Teams are Forming

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Once again this year we will have Holiday Trees in Exall Park!  We are encouraging neighborhood teams to come out and decorate trees in their favorite Holiday/Christmas themes. The fee…

Exall Park Work Day ‐ Great Success

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Many, many thanks to the 33 volunteers who came out to help Saturday in Exall Park. At times it was like a come and go party but we got plenty…

Spring Clean Up Day in Exall Park

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The Friends of Exall Park are going to have a “Spring Clean Up Day” on April 18th, 8:30am and your help is needed. We have a little work to do…

Exall Park Tree Lighting Festival

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I want to thank each of you for your continued support to make Exall Park one of the finest inner city, urban parks in Texas. Exall was 100 years young…

Exall Park ready for Celebration!

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This beautifully decorated tree was sponsored by Baylor Hospital, our lead sponsor for our Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration on December 13th., from 3:00-6:00 P.M.  The festive tree was graciously decorated…

Volunteers Needed for “It’s My Exall Park Day”

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Come ones, come twos, come all to help with some clean up and plantings in your Exall Park. We are going to celebrate the City wide “It’s My Park Day”…

Holiday Trees – Exall Park Centennial Celebration

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Saturday, Dec. 13th 3:00pm to 6:00pm The Friends of Exall Park is going to have a Holiday Trees-Centennial Celebration, sponsored by Baylor Health Care Systems, on Saturday, December 13th. We…

Exall Park — It’s My Park Day

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Please join us Saturday, March 29th for some spring cleaning and new plantings in our beautiful Exall Park. It is that time of the year again to clean out some…

Great turnout for “It’s My Park” day

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A large number of volunteers attended the Exall Park springtime spruce up on March 29th. The neighborhood had over 30 volunteers, including several new residents. The Recreation Center supplied an…

Your Park, Exall Park

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In the heart of Old East Dallas lies one of the City’s largest urban parks, Exall Park. The park was established in 1917 and designed by renowned architect George Kessler….

O Christmas Tree

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The Friends of Exall Park went all out this year with yet another beautiful Christmas tree to welcome everyone into the neighborhood. Volunteers gathered to decorate the tree before the…

Thanks For Helping Out on It’s My Park Day

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Thank you all for your continued support. Thanks again for all those who did make it out. You are appreciated and loved by so many.

Great Concert — Great Job!

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The DSO Concert on June 4th was a great success.

“It’s My Park” Clean Up Day, Saturday, March 2

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Greetings Supporters of Exall Park, Before this year gets off to a faster start than last year finished, I just wanted to drop a note to so many of you…

Bigger and Brighter

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The Christmas tree near the center of the park is not only taller than in years past, but it has more lights and decorations.

Tree Planting, November 3

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The City of Dallas will provide us with new trees for Exall Park if we can get them planted. We need your help!

New Trees In Exall Park

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Dozens of volunteers showed up on Saturday morning to help the Friends of Exall park plant trees donated by the city of Dallas and neighborhood town homes.

Farewell To Heidi

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The Exall Park Recreation Center’s director, Heidi Hulin, has been reassigned to Lake Highlands.

“It’s My Park Day” a great success

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It was dirty work and hard work, but our dedicated crew that took that job on went over and above the call to get that area back in shape.

“It’s My Park” Day, Saturday September 8

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Dallas Parks and Recreation is calling on you to contribute a few hours to beautify your neighborhood park.

It’s OUR Park day

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Several volunteers showed up early this month to spruce up Exall Park for “It’s My Park” day.

Symphony in the Park Biggest Success Ever

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Thank you Bryan Place residents for helping make this year’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert in Exall Park the largest attended ever and the most successful in terms of funds raised…

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concert in Exall Park Tuesday May 29

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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is returning to Exall Park for the fourth time, although the concert has been scheduled five years in a row. It was rained out in 2010….

Pictures from Tie-Dye in the Park

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Pictures from May 29 concert in Exall Park. Phillip Bryan, with friends Alan, Russell, RJ, Patric, and Joe held a t-shirt tie-dye in the park.  Participants made their own t-shirt…

Exall Park Is Getting Ready For Company

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Several volunteers came out to spruce up Exall Park for Dallas Park’s “It’s My Park Day” last month. Flower gardens were cleaned up and light post bases were painted. Not…

Become A “Friend” Of Exall Park

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Keep up with all the developments at Exall Park by checking out the Friends Of Exall Park Facebook page at: » http://www.facebook.com/FriendsofExallPark. Here you will find out about all the…

It’s My Park Day

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March 31, 2012 8am to Noon–Exall Park Please join the Friends of Exall Park and the City of Dallas Parks department for a clean up day in Exall Park. The…

Exall Park

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» Exall Park Website » Facebook Page Exall Park is home to the City of Dallas Recreation Center, a full-access children’s playground, a basketball court, a softball field, a giant…

Friends of Exall Park

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The revitalization of Downtown Dallas is well underway, and the dream of downtown residentials is now a reality. With people come density and with density comes the need for parks…

Dedication of New Public Art in Exall Park

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 In the Rock Garden at the intersection of Hall and Bryan Streets The Office of Cultural Affairs and the Friends of Exall Park welcome you to…

Welcome Whimsy!

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It was a wonderful and joyous dedication on the morning of December 17. Several people gathered for the unveiling of Whimsy the owl, the new public art commissioned for Exall Park by long time Bryan Place…

Exall Park Wins Video Contest

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The City of Dallas sponsored a video contest called, “I Love My Park”. Exall Park Summer Campers entered the contest. We wrote a song and put a video together to…

The Concert in Exall Park — A Letter of Thanks

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Greetings to All, As I reflect back to last month’s Symphony Orchestra Concert in Exall Park, I feel a tremendous amount of gratitude. Oh yes, I think the concert was a…

Exall Park’s New Look

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This article appeared on the Advocate Lakewood / East Dallas, October 2002 View the original article Driving by Exall Park in the Bryan Place neighborhood, one might notice a few changes….