About Garrett Park
Garrett Park was originally designed by architect George Kessler in 1915. His design was a success and the park became one of the most beautifully landscaped in the park system and a regular venue for summar church services, movies, and outdoor performances. Unfortunately, the features that he designed were mostly removed in the decades following 1945.
We are a group of community-minded individuals who met at Munger Place Church directly across from Garrett Park. Our goal is to restore the park to an updated version of the Kessler design from 1915 with new features that include an event pavilion, basketball court, and expanded playground.
Meet the Team
Zac is the president of Friends of Garrett Park. He practices technology and intellectual property law at McDole Williams, PC. Zac is a proponent of smart development and growth in the Lower Greenville neighborhood and an advocate for Garrett Park due to its neglected state and close proximity to low-income residents who would directly benefit from new amenities to the park.
Tony is the founder and was executive director of Life in Deep Ellum, a community cultural center, built for the artistic, social, and economic benefit of Deep Ellum. He is currently the global lead of Meeting Professional International Foundation, the foundation is the philanthropic arm of the largest association of meeting professionals with a 60,000 global community in 24 countries. He also proudly serves as President for the Dallas Mayors Star Council and was the initiator of the emerging leaders event Engage Dallas.
Anne is a partner at Standly | Hamilton, LLP where she represents business and personal injury clients. She is a past president of the Lakewood Service League and has served on the board as the volunteer coordinator for the 28 East Dallas charities the League serves. She is a Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation and a member of Attorneys Serving the Community, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice.
Chris is an accomplished trial lawyer and the co-founder of Standly | Hamilton, LLP. He is a member of the Leader’s Forum for the American Association for Justice, the president of Lawyers for America, a current member of the Board of Directors for Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and has served as an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Southern Methodist University.
Jerry is an architect and designer with Gensler, where he focuses his practice on recreational and sports projects. He served as principal-in-charge of the TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium Redevelopment in Fort Worth, Texas; Louisiana State University Tiger Stadium South End Zone Additions in Baton Rouge; and University of Arkansas Indoor Baseball and Track Practice Facility in Fayetteville.
Greg lives in Lakewood with his wife and two young children. He loves East Dallas and is passionate about improving public spaces in the city. Greg is an attorney and was counsel for Klyde Warren Park for several years, during which time he helped create and expand its public improvement district. He now sits on the board of the Klyde Warren Park/Dallas Arts District Public Improvement District as well as the boards of Second Thought Theatre and The Children's Center.
Jake has been on full time staff with Munger Place Church since December 2012. He currently serves at as Ministry Events Manager and has been instrumental in planning special events for Munger Place that occur in Garrett Park, including the church's yearly service on Easter Sunday. For the last three years Jake has helped with efforts to make Garrett Park a better place for the entire community to enjoy.
Join us in improving Garrett Park