The Dallas Water Commons-Urban Wetland is a dynamic public–private partnership between the City of Dallas and The Dallas Wetlands Foundation. This park project is unique because of its constructed wetlands and location – the urban core of one of the fastest-growing U.S. cities.

The future of cities is linked to:

  • Water Conservation
  • Water Filtration
  • Flood Management

The Dallas Water Commons provides all three.


Flood Prevention
and Filtration

Enhancing Water Quality, and Park

Urban Water Lab

Who We Serve

As a beautiful and educational place of respite and purpose, The Commons will draw:

  • Visitors
  • Students
  • Experts in Ecology, Engineering,
    Public Health, and City Planning


Immediately south of downtown and just north of the Great Trinity Forest, the Dallas Water Commons-Urban Wetland provides an accessible amenity in the urban core of Dallas, one of the fastest growing cities in the US. The Commons is approximately 17 acres.

Media Coverage

Who We Are

Public-Private Partnership

A Dallas Wetlands Foundation Project

Public Partner

Land Contribution and Project Manager

Technical Partners


Hydraulic Engineer


Landscape Architect


Feasibility Study Grant


Wetlands Permitting


Phase I Study Engineer

Dallas Wetlands Foundation

The Dallas Wetlands Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization, was established in order to facilitate the design, completion, maintenance and ongoing programming of the Dallas Water Common.


John Matthews

President, Matthews West

Kristian Teleki

Senior Vice President, Development, Matthews Southwest

Melanie Ferguson

Director, Dallas Water Commons

Ben Mackey

Board Member, Dallas Independent School District, Executive Director, Texas Impact Network

Vicki Meek

Artist, Arts Commissioner & Nasher Fellow

Advisory Board

William Baker

Principal, Jones Baker Design & Vice President, Cedars Neighborhood Association

John DeFillipo

Director, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

Janette Monear

President & CEO, Texas Trees Foundation

Shawn Williams

Vice President, Allyn Media

Marianna V. Archibald

Environmental Engineer & Services Consultant

Fred Peña

AIA, Owner & Architect at Tezanto

Project Team

Melanie Ferguson


David Marquis

Governmental Affairs & Environmental Advocacy

David Taggart

Development and Engagement

Tammy Tijerina

Project Manager

Press Contact

Christine Rogers


Digital Media

Tate Mulligan