Vision Plans

Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape & Park Project

Texas Trees Foundation has been working in Dallas’ Southwestern Medical District since 2015. Since then, two separate vision processes have been undertaken to reimagine the District. Equitable engagement efforts for this next phase will move these preliminary vision documents, which are meant to serve as a starting point for discussion, into a detailed design that is shovel-ready.

2016 Southwestern Medical District Master Plan

The genesis of this project was identified through findings from the Foundation’s 2015 State of the Dallas Urban Forest Report.  The study found that the Southwestern Medical District had less than 7% tree canopy and was a major urban heat island.

Once the need was researched and defined, the solution became a collaborative effort with many partners and organizations. In partnership with the Southwestern Medical District, Texas Trees Foundation with support from: City of Dallas, Dallas County, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), and numerous stakeholders talked to the people who live, work and play here, including doctors, researchers, employees, patients, business owners, residents, visitors and neighbors in communities adjacent to the District.

Once this essential input from the community was collected, the Foundation and collaborators began developing a solid foundation for this plan. Today, the designs and logistics for this streetscape are being fleshed out, while also securing financial support for the various phases of this project.

The Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan will create a “sense of place” and a design that is magical yet functional, sensitive to ecological requirements, and will provide a safer vehicular and pedestrian environment – one that reduces stress and supports a community for healing a body, mind, and spirit.

The city must unite to transform this magnificent public asset into an unprecedented and notable medical district for the benefit of our entire community, region, and country. This public/ private partnership is one of the most dramatic transformations taking place in Dallas today. The impact on the District and the surrounding communities will change lives for generations and shine as an example of the best of what’s possible.

Design Framework


Harry Hines Boulevard will become a unique green corridor that supports vehicular, transit and pedestrian circulation through the center of the SWMD and activates the public realm through pedestrian-scaled improvements


Will increase tree canopy and nature along revitalized streets while providing localized stormwater management strategies


Will create an iconic destination
at the intersection of Harry Hines & Inwood, the
center of the SWMD’s ecological, pedestrian
and transit network

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Will provide recreation and circulation options throughout the SWMD with multi-use paths and bicycle facilities with connections to the future Trinity Strand Trail


Cultivates the unique
haracter of each street to better support its
adjacent land use and contribute to the vitality
and user experience


Refine the SWMD’s identity by
highlighting key intersections and way-finding
portals while creating enjoyable spaces for
visitors and residents