The Dallas Water Commons 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

A Natural Park that Enhances Water Quality through Filtration

Urban Water Lab

Key Objectives:
Natural Urban Park, Water Quality & Conservation, Flood Mitigation, Climate Resilience, and Urban Renewal

Who We Serve

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

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


The Dallas Water Commons enhances approximately 17 acre of urban wetlands and industrial land. A green space that sits three blocks south of downtown Dallas and three blocks north of the Great Trinity Forest (the largest uncut urban hardwood forest in the U.S.), the project will transform a former industrial area into an urban oasis that integrates nature and water within the built landscape of city infrastructure.

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

Executive Director, Texas Conservation Alliance

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

Tammy Tijerina

Project Manager

Press Contact

Christine Rogers


Digital Media

Tate Mulligan