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'A momentous day' | Residents celebrate after South Dallas park renamed in honor of housing advocate

A crowd gathered for the official renaming of Kimble Park to the Irene H. Trigg-Myers Prosperity Park.

DALLAS — A public park in South Dallas will have a new name. Community members gathered for the official ribbon cutting and renaming of Kimble Park to the Irene H. Trigg-Myers Prosperity Park.

“We’re getting a new park for our community,” Dallas City Councilman Adam Bazaldua cheerfully shouted before the crowd gathered at the park’s dedication.

Supporters described Irene H. Trigg-Myers as a woman whose life was dedicated to community service and family assistance. The park’s new namesake was a fearless advocate for fair and sanitary housing conditions. 

Family and friends said Trigg-Myers was someone who lobbied for affordable housing and beautification as a member of the Board for the Dallas-Fort Worth Assisted Housing Management Association of North Texas. 

“I think that it really is an amazing opportunity to take a park that has been historically neglected and actually add some real significant changes,” said Daniel Wood, VP of Dallas Park and Recreation Board of Trustees. 

With the park’s renaming, new amenities are also on the horizon. There are currently plans to expand Irene HG. Trigg-Myers Prosperity Park by one acre. Updates will include walking trails, new playground equipment, more benches, and senior-friendly amenities among other things.

“This is certainly a momentous day,” said Kirk Myers-Hill, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Abounding Prosperity. 

Myers-Hill is the son of Trigg-Myers. He’s continuing his family’s legacy of service by providing a variety of resources for vulnerable residents across Southern Dallas through the nonprofit.  

“Communities like this one deserve green spaces, similar to Klyde Warren and the other parks," said Myers-Hill. 

National gospel-recording artists Tremaine Hawkins and Vanessa Bell Armstrong performed during the park dedication event.

The vision for the park is a collective one. Myers-Hill said an anonymous donor has already committed $100,000 toward upgrades and amenities.

The Irene H. Trigg-Myers Prosperity Park, which is located at 2115 Warren Avenue, should be fully updated over the next 18 to 24 months. 

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