A Fitting Kickoff for Dallas Soccer Park

Rebecca Pittman

Freese and Nichols planners and engineers joined City of Dallas officials and business leaders for the opening and naming of the Elm Fork Athletic Complex on Friday, March 28. The 160-acre complex, now known as MoneyGram Soccer Park, has 19 soccer fields and is operated by the FC Dallas soccer club. Preliminary round Dallas Cup games are being played there this week.

MoneyGram Soccer Park began as the closed Walnut Hill landfill, west of Interstate 35E in northwest Dallas. Our environmental, stormwater, water quality and planning teams transformed the site into a 160-acre master-planned park with high-quality soccer fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, trails and pavilion structures made of recycled materials.

Top: During the opening ceremony, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings praises the teamwork that made the park possible. Bottom left: Officials from the City of Dallas, FC Dallas and MoneyGram open the park with a kick. Bottom right: Mayor Rawlings with Freese and Nichols’ Brett Bristow, Elm Fork Project Manager, and Tricia Hatley, Urban Planning + Design Group Manager.