No man’s best friend left behind! Downtown Dallas has no shortage of areas available to keep your dog(s) happy and safe. Here are some recommendations:
For parks that will give your dog a chance for socialization, you can head to Bark Park Central where your dog can get in a quick shower or drink from the community bowl. My Best Friend’s Park at Klyde Warren is also a great spot to let your dog run free with their fenced-in space. One place you might consider is Mutt’s Canine Cantina if you’re closer to Uptown. Here dogs can chow downright next to you or watch a movie together on the lawn. Some other great places to spend some quality time with your pup include the Katy Trail, Griggs Park, and Main Street Garden.
If you are looking to supply your puppy with some treats, food, and toys, look no further than Upper Paw in Deep Ellum or Downtown Pawz on Main Street. For all your boarding and grooming needs, we recommend Downtown Dog on Harwood or Dawg Life on Ervay. For all the fancy pups out there, try Dog City in Victory Park where you can see your dog 24/7 via live webcam footage.
Enjoying a good meal with your dog by your side is made easy with Downtown’s many dog-friendly patios. Check out Frankie’s Downtown to enjoy a bi-level sports bar and open patio equipped with many craft beer choices and upmarket pub grub. Although Harlowe MXM may seem bougie, they offer an outdoor dog-friendly patio so you can enjoy some Rockefeller Oysters with man’s best friend. Try Green Door Public House & Taqueria La Ventana at Dallas Farmers Market to give you and your pup some breathing room, or head to Doublewide in Exposition Park to get a glimpse of a Dallas staple from a dog’s point of view. For all the coffee lovers out there, there’s Otto’s Coffee & Fine Goods located in the Adolphus Hotel which offers Viennese style bites and outdoor seating for you and your best friend.
As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2021 Downtown Improvement District (DID) budget, Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is soliciting proposals for projects to improve public spaces throughout Downtown. If selected, proposed projects will receive a matching grant reimbursement from DDI in an amount up to $25,000. Applications are due by end of day on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, DDI was able to provide $125,000 to five beautification, enhancement, and capital improvement projects within the public realm of Downtown.
Parks for Downtown Dallas received a $25,000 grant in 2020 to install raised planters along the perimeter of the soon-to-open West End Square park. These planters add street trees and robust plantings for shade and cooling for visitors to this exciting recreational space.
DDI is seeking proposals for projects that will enhance the appearance, safety, and functional quality of publicly-accessible spaces throughout Downtown. Projects should address the “transformative strategies” found in Chapter 4 (“Transformative Strategies”) of the 2017 360 Plan, a City Council-adopted policy document that guides future development and investment in Downtown; access the plan at www.downtowndallas360.com. Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible, permanent improvements. The following project types will qualify for the 2021 Matching Grant Program:
Safety and Security Project: the project will improve public security, help deter crime, and enhance the perception of public safety
Streetscape Project: the project will improve publicly-accessible areas via sidewalk or other infrastructure enhancements, permanent street furnishings, public art, and ground-floor, exterior façade rehabilitations
Landscape Project: the project will improve the appearance of a building or property’s permanent landscaping or public space(s)
All proposed projects must occur within the DID boundaries.
All proposed projects must be planned, constructed, completed, and maintained by the applicant. DDI is not responsible for the completion of any proposed projects awarded matching grant funds. General operations and long-term maintenance of the project are the sole responsibility of the applicant.
If all or part of the proposed project is to be constructed on private property, the applicant must have the signed approval of the owner or owner's agent or specific evidence that such approval has been granted prior to the award of grant funds. Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of obtaining such approval will be considered by DDI.
All applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims. In addition, liability insurance for the applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for proposed construction projects. A Certificate of Liability Insurance must be submitted to DDI listing DDI and the City of Dallas as additional insured entities prior to the disbursement of grant funds.
DDI is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan, in which qualified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) are involved, to the greatest extent possible, in construction or professional services contracts. Project proposals should strive to include up to 25 percent participation from certified M/WBEs in the City of Dallas.
DDI will accept multiple proposals per year from each qualified applicant. However, the grand total of grant funding an applicant can receive each year will be no more than $25,000.
Qualified Applicants (New for 2021)
Applications will be accepted from any Downtown stakeholder. However, preference will be given to DID rate payers and non-tax-exempt street-level businesses.
Applicants that have received a matching grant in the previous one (1) year are not eligible to apply for the current year’s program.
Proposed projects must be consistent with the design guidelines found in the Urban Design Guidelines of the 360 Plan. Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.
Grant funds awarded by DDI will be less than or equal to 50 percent of all costs related to the proposed project in an amount not to exceed $25,000. Costs covered by the grant include the actual costs of supplies, materials, construction, labor, and associated taxes. DDI reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements; therefore, applicants may be offered an amount less than the total requested funds.
Projects must be completed no later than December 1, 2021. Extensions may be permitted for projects determined to be incomplete by the appropriate deadline. An amendment to the Grant Fulfillment Agreement must be signed by the applicant and DDI in order for an extension period to be granted; the extension period will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Projects judged to have been substantially complete before January 1, 2021, will not be considered for this grant cycle.
Grant recipients will be required to display signage at the project site to denote DDI’s financial contribution to the project. Signage will be provided by DDI.
Once the project has been completed, and the applicant has submitted all required documentation, DDI will reimburse the applicant with its mutually-agreed upon share of grant funds.
To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided, except where additional materials are specifically requested. Complete proposals must contain all information and materials requested in the Proposal Contents Checklist (see below). Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Proposals will be reviewed for required documentation upon submittal; it is recommended that each proposal be submitted prior to the deadline to ensure that it is complete and will be accepted.
Proposals for the 2021 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by April 1, 2021.
Signed approval from the owner (or agent) of property upon which the project will be constructed (if applicable)
Certificate of Liability Insurance
Budget Summary (to include job estimates or quotes, if available)
Copies of acquired permits and/or approvals (if applicable)
Color photographs of the project area
Schematic drawings of proposed project
All proposals will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee for review and final approval of grant award recipients. No Committee member with a vested interest in a proposal will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that proposal.
The Capital Improvements Committee will review all qualified proposals and make a final decision regarding grant recipients within one month of the application deadline. The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to approve only a portion of the requested funds.
Finalizing the Grant
Following grant approval, individual grant awards are considered pending until the applicant and DDI sign a Grant Fulfillment Agreement. The Agreement will describe the project, the project budget, and the amount of funding awarded by DDI. Upon execution of the Agreement, the grant is considered finalized and grant funds may be distributed based upon the conditions outlined in the Agreement.
For more information regarding the 2021 Matching Grants Program, contact Jacob Browning at (214) 744-1270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to spend your weekend safely and socially distant. We invite you to Live Like a Local and check out some of the best things to do this upcoming Valentine’s weekend. Here’s where you can celebrate!
Enjoy a special three-course menu for guests and Dallas locals to celebrate love and the holiday. The menu features courses including a salad, ribeye, and lobster with vegetables, and white chocolate mousse as well as a special chocolate cocktail for $69 per person. Available 2/12-2/14 from 4 PM- 10 PM.
Make your Valentine’s complete with an Espresso Your Love martini followed by a stack of heart shaped red velvet pancakes with warm cream cheese creme anglaise, strawberries, and whipped cream for $11.
Available 2/12-2/14 for dine-in, pick-up & delivery.
Three course pre-fixe menu available 2/13-2/14. The menu features nachos, queso, guacamole, flautas, tortilla soup, and Texas caesar salad for course one. Followed by chicken y verde enchiladas brisket taco, shrimp taco, and more with a red velvet tres leches or churros to end the night. Available for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery.
Statler Hotel Location - Visit site for full menu.
Sloane’s is celebrating Valentine’s, Single’s Awareness Day, and brunch all in one! Stop by for a three-course meal with choices from lobster bisque, short rib tortellini, filet mignon, deviled eggs, avocado frittata, and eggs benedict for brunch. Vegetarian option also available. 2/12-2/14, $75.
Reservations available via OpenTable or call 214-484-1395
XOXO, THE JOULE - Stay anytime in February and enjoy a few tokens of affections with their compliments! One-night package includes chocolate-covered strawberries, complimentary valet, and $50 dining credit at CBD Provisions. Plus, stay Monday–Thursday and receive 15% off services at The Spa at The Joule. (Please note: spa appointments are highly limited; call 214.261.4555 to book in advance of your stay.)
Need a staycation? Lorenzo Hotel’s Valentine’s packages are not one to miss. Book any room 2/05 -2/14 and add on a bottle of champagne, 2 Lorenzo Hotel souvenir flutes, and a tray of chocolate covered strawberries for just $75. Use promo code PROVAL to redeem.
Celebrate the month of love with your Valentine or Galentine at Omni Dallas Hotel. A special, early celebration package includes luxurious accommodations for $214 plus breakfast for two at Texas Spice. Book between February 1-11.
After that, you can reserve the love and luxury package with rates starting at $249, which includes sparkling wine, chocolate delights, and a late check-out based on availability.
DFM is bringing the best local wineries with awarding-winning vintages out for a relaxed tour of all Texas has to offer. Enjoy wine tastings from Dallas Farmers Market’s classics like Eden Hill Winery, or discover a new favorite from the 10 wineries in attendance. Add in the sounds of talented local musicians and goods from the full line up of Dallas Farmers Market vendors. Admission $40—includes wine sampling from 10 wineries (2 selections per winery) and commemorative glass. Wine pairings + bottles available separately from fine local makers.
Feeling pre-tea or naught-tea? For the first time ever, Mirador at The Joule is offering tea for two to-go! Enjoy a luxe menu of savory fare, pastries, sweets, and fine teas from The Cultured Cup and endless bubble from Impeccable Rose Brut. Plus, receive a custom tea cup and TASCHEN art book to take home with you. Quantities for both experiences are limited. Tea at Mirador is Feb.13 and tea to-go is available Feb.14.
Love is in the air at Reunion Tower! Create a unique and unforgettable night with the Dallas skyline as the ultimate romantic backdrop. Includes two GeO-Deck GA tickets, “Fast Pass to Love” elevator up to GeO-Deck. 360-degree views with a revolving reserved semi-private area with rose petals for 60 mins. & more.
Exclusive date night packages available from Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14. Call (214) 712-7040 to book or for more information.
Sip a cocktail and celebrate friendship at The Botanical Mix inside The National while arranging your own beautiful floral design with your take-home floral kit including flowers, a container and supplies. Sign up for your own floral kit to be delivered straight to your doorstep the day of the event.
Deadline to secure your floral kit is Monday, February 8th. You won’t want to miss it!
For a full list of open businesses in Downtown - click here.
Due to the Presidential visit and police memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, expect road closures in the Dallas Arts District area on Tuesday, July 12th between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Consider alternative routes to gain access to your office or residence. No additional information is available.
Despite delays and road closures, Downtown businesses are open and we encourage you to support them.