Griggs Park – Uptown Dallas, Texas

The Rev. A.R. Griggs Park is a historic 8-acre park located in the heart of Uptown Dallas.

About Rev. Griggs

Rev Allen R. Griggs D D, (1850 – 1922) sold away from slave parents at nine, emancipated at fifteen, achieved his own dream of an education and turned it into a mission to educate others.

He rose to executive levels in the best venue available to advance the lives of ex-slaves, the Church:   Ordained a Missionary in 1873, pastor of New Hope Baptist in 1875 on Hall St – this neighborhood. Fundraised a new church building on Hall, and was among the trustees of an 1879 purchase of Freedman’s Cemetery land. He lived at 1728 Hall.

Founded multilevel educational facilities for ex-slave children / adults, began a grammar school on Hall and the first high school in 1878 (fourteen years before the first public high school in 1892). Inspired a statewide high school movement, organized four African American colleges, including Bishop, two seminaries, one academy, and Bryan Orphan Home. Established Missionary Wagons to care for the sick and dying of the slums, and to bury the dead. Oversaw over five hundred edifices of education and religion.

Published the first newspaper for African Americans in the state  – and was editor of five other newspapers.

Griggs’ enormous presence and accomplishments propelled him into leadership roles in numerous state and national organizations, as well as:
Member of the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago
Delegate to the Pan-Baptists Congress in London.

Was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Kentucky State University in 1891.

From 1868 this neighborhood has been a place of energy and new ideas, home to pioneers, innovators, civil rights pathfinders, educators, and leaders of Dallas and the country.    Its three eras – unique yet with a similar spirit:
1868 – 1920s   Two pioneer communities begin and flourish, Thomas-Colby and Freedman’s Town
1920s – 1970s   “North Dallas”, an African American “city in a city”
1970s forward   Contemporary revitalization and re-visioning, State-Thomas

 

Donors

Griggs Founders
City of Dallas
State Thomas TIF
Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Griggs Legacy Society
The Boone Family Foundation

Griggs State Thomas Society
Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd.
Gables Residential
Hillcrest Foundation
Post Properties
The Rainwater Charitable Foundation
The George and Fay Young Foundation

Griggs Memorial Donors
Anonymous
Pat & Gill Clements Foundation
Dallas Mavericks Foundation
Leland Fikes Foundation, Inc.
The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation
The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc.

Griggs Heritage
Baylor Medical Center at Uptown
Meridth & Brian Casey
Trammell S. Crow
Hoblitzelle Foundation
Shademaker Trees
Sheraton Hotel Dallas
Westwood Trust

Griggs Tribute
Henry C. Beck III
The Dallas Foundation

Griggs Sponsor
Sue & Ben Casey
Janet & Phil Cobb
Friends of State-Thomas
Peter & Nancy Beck
Robert J. Wright

Friends of Griggs Park Founders
Paula Peters & John Armstrong
In Memory of Donald L. Bagwell
Gayle & Dick Brink
Al Chapman
Joanne & Robert Dimeff
Bob & Knoxie Edmonson
Gerry & Jeanie Essl
Glenn Evans
Petey Parker & Jim Fite
Amy Gibson Tharp
Brittany & Thomas Glendenning
Gwendolyn & Stephen Huff
Daniel James Hunt
Paula Lambert
Rocco & Cherrel LaPace
Anthony R. Page
Jolie & Ralph Perry
Beverly, Emmi and Joseph Pitchford
The Brian Ratner Foundation
Rice & Stone Families
Heather & Seth Stevens
Senator Royce West
Jaxson Wyatt Winkler
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About the Park

Dallas has evolved into a world renowned city due to its rich history of visionary individuals that include: courageous pioneers, determined farmers, innovative entrepreneurs, brilliant engineers and extraordinary men of faith.  As one enters Dallas from the north on the Central Expressway they are welcomed by the skyline and an eight acre park that marks the historic areas of State-Thomas, Freedman’s Town and Old North Dallas. Griggs Park commemorates Reverend Allen R. Griggs the 1870’s pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church, who created the first Dallas high school for African Americans as well as many other numerous self-help initiatives. The vision is for Griggs Park to leave a footprint memorial to the past, while enhancing the green open space for the enjoyment of the community and families who live, work and play in Uptown, the highest density residential neighborhood in Dallas.

Our Community/Vision for Griggs Park:

Griggs Park provides the opportunity to create and maintain an oasis for the highest density residential neighborhood in Dallas. Uptown’s over 18,000 diverse residents include a cross section of ages, ethnic origins, families, professionals and students. Compared to the Dallas average of 119 sq. ft. per person of park space, Uptown has 19 sq. ft. per person.  This campaign will enhance the current space with children’s facilities, kiosks, benches, picnic tables, groves of new trees, broad pedestrian pathways, fountains and recognition of the park’s history. The planned improvements will benefit residents and all of Dallas to continue as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the U.S.

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Friends of Griggs Park

The Rev. A. R. Griggs Park is a historic 8-acre park located in Uptown Dallas. It provides a safe beautiful natural area for all ages including families and children. Griggs Park has new renovated amenities for picnics, children’s playgrounds, amenities for pets, groves of trees to enjoy reading, painting or quiet conversation, scenic views and a moving historical memorial to the Park’s namesake, the Rev. A. R. Griggs and the State Thomas and Freedman’s community that preceded Uptown.

If you join before March 31, 2014, at a $500 level or higher, your name will be permanently listed on the plaque
as a Charter Member of the Friends of Griggs Park. 

Student

$25 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park decal

Individual

$50 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler

Family Friends

$100 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Griggs Park Pen

Landscape Friend

$250 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Griggs Park Note Pad

Nature Friend

$500 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Griggs Park Travel Fleece Blanket
  • Permanently listed as a Charter member, before March 31, 2014

Supporting Friend

$1000 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Luxury Picnic Basket
  • Permanently listed as a Charter member, before March 31, 2014

Park Keeper

$2500 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Griggs Park Travel Fleece Blanket
  • Luxury Picnic Basket
  • Permanently listed as a Charter member, before March 31, 2014

Benefactor

$5000 / yr

  • Friends of Griggs Park Decal
  • Griggs Double-Walled Tumbler
  • Griggs Park Travel Fleece Blanket
  • Luxury Picnic Basket
  • Radar Half-Zip Performance Pullover
  • Permanently listed as a Charter member, before March 31, 2014

Contact

The Rev. A.R. Griggs Park is a historic 8-acre park located in the heart of Uptown Dallas.

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(214) 871-2825

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2200 Hugo St. Dallas, TX 75204