On March 20, 2023, the Las Colinas Association assembled leaders of the past, present, and future to celebrate the development’s storied history and position as a key player in the region. More than 250 people gathered at The Las Colinas Resort, Dallas to learn more about the year long celebration. An immersive night of activities recognized the unique history of Las Colinas and its place as an economic engine in North Texas.
“Fifty years ago, Las Colinas was founded in love by Mr. Ben Carpenter,” said Sushil Patel, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Las Colinas Association. “Mr. Carpenter and his family loved this part of Texas, and were devoted to preserving its natural beauty, woodlands, creeks, and lakes,” Patel said. “The top-quality master-planned development Las Colinas has become respects its natural landscape and Mr. Carpenter’s vision to create a place unlike any other.”
Beginning in April, a mobile exhibit memorializing the rich history of Las Colinas will visit key neighborhoods and destinations, including the Toyota Music Factory, Water Street, Irving Archives Museum, and the Irving Arts Center. The interactive Las Colinas Experience allows attendees to discover how 8,500 acres of ranch land transformed into the master-planned community it is today, with 50 years of documents, photos, and videos on display for the first time. This Saturday, April 1st, its first public debut will be at the Toyota Music Factory all day for visitors of the Irving Marathon and George Strait tribute concert.
Guests also received a preview of GLOW, a two-night event illuminating the Mandalay Canal in October. GLOW will bring together the elements of light, water, and sound for a dazzling display of performances. With interactive light installations, water-based performances, and walkways synced to music, audiences will have a suspenseful and an immersive experience that unfolds throughout the canal.
The Las Colinas Association also unveiled a new book, Las Colinas: 50 Years of Building The Future, and near the end of the evening, Chuck Cooperstein, the radio voice of the Dallas Mavericks, moderated a fireside chat among five panelists regaling the past and looking towards the future of Las Colinas.
Las Colinas Association President and CEO, J. Hammond Perot, closed the night by thanking supporters. “Las Colinas has persevered through tough times because we’ve successfully balanced world-class development with conservation and diversity,” said Perot. “It’s all thanks to our valued members - homeowners, property owners, and business owners.”