Friends of Fair Park

Citizens who care about the park's past, present and future

Friends of Fair Park is a non-profit citizens' group. It is dedicated to keeping Fair Park a destination for affordable family fun all twelve months of the year.

Formed in 1987, the organization's key activities include:

  • promoting the year-round use of Fair Park
  • supporting the Fair Park museums
  • encouraging thoughtful planning for Fair Park's future, and
  • preserving the buildings, art, sculpture, and related artifacts of the 1936 Texas Centennial.

In 1987, the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park was to be demolished. This had been the Magnolia Oil Company’s hospitality suite during the Centennial and later had been home to the Margo Jones Theater where “Summer and Smoke” and “Inherit the Wind” had their world premieres. Business leaders, historic preservationists, and Fair Park advocates founded Friends of Fair Park to restore the Magnolia. They raised $750,000 and then decided to focus on restoring the entire Park.


The organization sponsors numerous fundraising programs, including one that allows citizens to purchase a brick in the Texas Promenade Walkway and the annual Spirit of the Centennial Award luncheon. Friends of Fair Park also ensures such Fair Park-hosted events such as Fair Park Fourth and the Dog Bowl continue year after year.

You'll find the offices of Friends of Fair Park in the Magnolia Lounge, located at the corner of First and Grand avenues, next to the African-American Museum. 

The Friends of Fair Park also produce and managed the website, monthly e-newsletters, and social media communications for all of Fair Park.


Friends of Fair Park
1121 First Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
Phone: +1.214.426.3400

Friends of Fair Park