Special to The Dallas Examiner
For the second year, Dallas teens can explore some of the city’s iconic cultural and recreational attractions – at no cost. The pass provides complimentary admission in July for ages 13 to 17 and up to three friends or family members at 12 signature museums, nature and botanical gardens, outdoor entertainment venues and leisure facilities.
The pass highlights Dallas Park and Recreation’s observance of Park and Recreation Month in July, a national awareness of the importance of parks, public recreation and the professionals that provide leisure programs and services all year long.
“As the mayor of this great city, as the father of three young children, and as someone who grew up in underserved and overlooked communities in West Dallas and Oak Cliff, the Teen All Access Pass is one of my favorite programs,” said Mayor Eric Johnson. “Through this remarkable partnership, we are allowing children across Dallas to learn and grow during the summer months – while also highlighting and supporting our city’s outstanding parks, cultural offerings and entertainment venues. The program’s inaugural year was a huge success, and I am grateful that we are again offering these passes this year, thanks to Amazon and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. Together, we are demonstrating that Dallas is for families.”
Park officials will make 10,000 passes available only to Dallas youth on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting June 27, teens can sign up and receive a pass at a city of Dallas recreation center. The passes will be activated and ready for use July 1. Details and locations are available at DallasParks.org.
“Visits to cultural institutions can be the spark for teens that inspire lifelong interests and dedicated pursuit of career dreams,” said head of Community Affairs for Amazon’s North Texas, Region Vickie Yakunin. “Amazon is committed to investing in communities in which we operate and is proud to join with Mayor Johnson and Dallas Park and Recreation in providing Dallas teens with free access to fun, safe and enriching summer activities.”
Amazon is the title sponsor this year.
Dallas Park and Recreation joined last year with select attractions and venues to launch the program, issuing 7,066 passes to teens and their companions that resulted in 14,279 free admissions. This year, three additional partner organizations are offering complimentary admission: the African American Museum at Fair Park, Golf Dallas and Perot Museum of Nature and Science. They will join returning partners and attractions:
- Bahama Beach Waterpark
- City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
- Dallas Public Library
- Dallas Zoo
- Shakespeare Dallas
- Southern Skates Roller Rink
- Trinity River Audubon Center
“We look forward to sharing our center and trails with program youth and families, thus allowing visitors to learn more about our local ecosystems while experiencing the benefits of nature,” said Shelly White, center director of the Trinity River Audubon Center.
Dallas Park and Recreation officials said the pass expands leisure and learning options for many youth, exposing them to different sights and sounds around the city.
“Young people are the future of this city, and we want them to have the knowledge and exposure they will need to create a well-rounded life for themselves. With the Pass, they will see what makes Dallas a world-class city,” said Arun Agarwal, pesident of the Dallas Park and Recreation Board.