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Shawn Jackson Named as Kaleidoscope Park Executive Director

Shawn Jackson Named as Kaleidoscope Park Executive Director

Frisco-based leader of Dallas Arboretum brings decades of nonprofit leadership

The Board of Directors of the Frisco, Texas-based Kaleidoscope Park Foundation has named Shawn Jackson as the Park’s new Executive Director.  Jackson comes to Kaleidoscope Park from the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, where she has served for more than a decade in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO. Jackson will begin her new role at Kaleidoscope Park on May 28, 2024.

During her 11-year tenure at the Dallas Arboretum, Jackson made a significant impact on the growth and development of the Arboretum. Her key accomplishments include facilitating volunteer and community engagement for the opening of the Rory Meyer’s Children’s Adventure Garden, bringing the Arboretum’s dazzling new holiday experience to life and ensuring that the Arboretum remained solvent during the pandemic. She also served as the Arboretum’s interim CEO during its national search for a new leader.

Jackson plans to use her accomplishments and skills to impact the completion and opening of Kaleidoscope Park, which is slated for later this year.

“One of my greatest joys is helping bring a project to life and see it to fruition, and then to watch guests light up as they experience the creation you helped to build,” said Shawn Jackson. “Kaleidoscope Park provides a blank slate with virtually limitless programming opportunities. I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be in Frisco and to lead this team.”

In her capacity as the Chief Operating Officer at Dallas Arboretum, Jackson served as a key liaison between the Arboretum’s stakeholders, including the City of Dallas, the Dallas Parks & Recreation Board, and the Dallas Arboretum Board of Directors. Her unique skills in building collaborative relationships is a key reason Jackson was selected by the Kaleidoscope Park Board of Directors.

“It was important for us to find a leader for Kaleidoscope Park who understood both the City of Frisco and Collin County and could deftly navigate the nuances of a public-private partnership such as this one,” explained the Honorable Florence Shapiro, Kaleidoscope Park Foundation’s Board Chair. “Shawn has spent the last two decades as a Frisco resident and raised her family here. She has a clear vision of how the city and its residents, as well as the region overall, can enjoy and utilize Kaleidoscope Park as a destination in their daily lives.”

As a part of the committee that selected Jackson to lead Kaleidoscope Park, Communities Foundation of Texas CEO Wayne White saw in Jackson a unique set of skills and competencies perfect to bring this important project to fruition.

“Shawn is a seasoned executive with an incredible track record that will directly benefit the work of the Park. The depth of her knowledge in building, executing, and scaling operations and programs will take the work of Kaleidoscope Park to the next level as we chart towards the opening of the Park and beyond,” said Wayne White, president and CEO at Communities Foundation of Texas.

Jackson sees great possibilities in what Kaleidoscope Park will bring to the community.

“As a Frisco resident, I’ve watched the development of Kaleidoscope Park with great excitement. We’ve never had a public green space like this in Frisco,” Jackson said. “The collaboration among all of our stakeholders, including the City of Frisco, Kaleidoscope Park Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, and HALL Park is very important and a key to our recipe for success.”

Kaleidoscope Park is scheduled to open later this year, with a Grand Opening celebration slated for October 5, 2024.

Kaleidoscope Park is made possible through a public-private partnership among Kaleidoscope Park Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas and the City of Frisco. This partnership provides the synergies required to develop such a unique asset and destination. The Park is part of a larger development that includes The Monarch at HALL Park residences, HALL Park Hotel, The Tower at HALL Park office building and a new eatery.

The nearly six-acre Kaleidoscope Park is located near the intersection of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway in Frisco, Texas, and in neighboring distance to The Star, Stonebriar Centre, Legacy West, The Shops at Legacy and The Boardwalk at Granite Park, and is destined to be a landmark enjoyed by all of North Texas.

Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.
Carolyn A. Newham, J.D.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

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