About the Project

Our Work Creating a Healthy Medical District

The Southwestern Medical District in Dallas, Texas is home to world-renowned hospitals and is a place of innovation, hope, and healing. Step outside of these remarkable institutions and into the streetscape, and a less vibrant and healthy story emerges….

Texas Trees Foundation is rewriting the story by leading a visionary, therapeutic landscape redesign to transform the antiquated Harry Hines corridor from Mockingbird Lane to Lucas Street into a vibrant, connected, and safe multi-modal linear parkway with a 10-acre park.

Through a lens of robust engagement, the holistic restructuring will focus on evidence-based design that enhances the environment, uplifts adjoining neighborhoods and businesses, spurs economic development and nurtures the body, mind, and spirit of the nearly 3 million individuals who experience the district annually.

CBS 11 Interview
"[In Medical Districts] you have this sense of gravity to take care of people’s health, but no room for the people actually working there to breathe. There’s a missing mental health element.”

-Community Member

Our Mission Improve Human Health for All Community Members

The patients, doctors, nurses, staff, students, residents, visitors, business owners, and patrons are the lifeblood of the District. Texas Trees Foundation wants to increase the quality of life in the District by deepening one’s connection with their natural surroundings to better thrive in the ecosystem of their community.

“This is an extraordinary project—one that brings health and healing to the SWMD through nature, while pushing the envelope in terms of innovation and environmental sustainability.”

-Best Practice Advisor

Our Approach More than a Streetscape: An Opportunity


Equitable Engagement

Where all people have a direct bridge to express their needs, goals, desires and incorporate their voices.

Evidence-Based Design

That will model, optimize, and validate design concepts to have the greatest health and environmental benefit.

Green Infrastructure and Health Research

That creates healthy people, healthy systems, and healthy environments.

Creating a Healthy Medical District

Our Sponsors Thank you to all our generous Donors & Collaborators!

The SWMD Transformation Project would not be possible without support from donors and sponsors.

Thank you to all our generous Donors & Collaborators!



Recent Number of Trees Planted


Lifetime Monetary Value of Trees


Please consider donating to support the Texas Trees Foundation’s urban forestry mission. Your contributions will go toward funding our programs and projects.


Interested in getting directly involved with the Texas Trees Foundation? Learn more about upcoming opportunities and Tree Tender volunteer events.


Browse our many reports and studies about urban forestry in North Texas. In addition to information on Pioneer Plaza and our Tree Tracker platform.

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