Urban Streetscape and Park Project Transforming the Southwestern Medical District for Health and Nature


Our Mission

A Reimagined Medical District

The patients, doctors, nurses, staff, students, residents, visitors, business owners, and patrons are the lifeblood of the Southwestern Medical District. Texas Trees Foundation is committed to increasing the quality of life for all users of the District. By means of a reimagined 2-mile stretch of the Harry Hines Corridor between Mockingbird and Lucas Streets, the project will foster one’s connection with their natural surroundings to better thrive in the ecosystem of their community. An urban forest along this Corridor will improve tree equity, resiliency, urban heat, air quality, human health, and other challenges in the SWMD community.

Before - SWMD After - SWMD

Our Goals

Environmentally Healthy District

Restore the environment to leverage the health benefits of nature by providing a healing sanctuary for all users


Establish a system to protect and accommodate the District’s estimated 3 million annual patients, employees and visitors

Connection Point

Create a flexible and accessible network for all modes of travel, services, and community

Holistic Design

Provide a vibrant space that engages the mind, activates the body, and lifts the spirit to improve the quality of life of each individual who works or visits the District

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.

“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.

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