Location: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy Dallas, TX 75201
Cost: $110 million
Official Opening Date: October 27, 2012
Connecting the vibrant Uptown neighborhood with the Dallas Arts District, the new Klyde Warren Park not only stitches together the urban fabric, but this 5.2-acre park also impressively spans over a recessed eight-lane freeway.
I stumbled upon this park by accident. With a craving for Vietnamese food, I ended up googling where to eat a bahn mi sandwich, only to be directed to the Nammi food truck, which, at that time, was parked at Klyde Warren Park. Previously, I’ve mentioned that I underestimated Dallas, but when I walked into view of Klyde Warren Park, this park deck that was bustling with people, I was a bit stunned. Even though there was no shade, and though the grass was yellow and the trees stripped bare by winter, there were crowds of people at the park from dog walkers to families to office workers out on their lunch break. I passed by the park later that evening on the way to Uptown and there was still a sizeable number of people out at the park.
Owned by the City of Dallas and privately operated and managed by the private Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the $110 million park project was funded through a public-private partnership. Designed by landscape architecture firm, The Office of James Burnett, the park is organized by a sweeping pedestrian promenade that bisects the park and crosses through a series of active and passive “outdoor rooms,” such as a botanical garden, a children’s play area, a reading room, dog park, and the event lawn. Sustainable landscaping includes 37 native plant species and 322 trees. Created to perform as a major activity hub, the design of Klyde Warren Park is malleable enough to accommodate a wide range of programming–averaging four to five events per day–and includes free events such as yoga, dance classes, chess tournaments, and movie nights. I particularly loved the outdoor reading room with free library materials and the game stations offering rental equipment for games from ping pong to miniature golf.
Construction on the deck began in October 2009 was opened three years later, at the end of October 2012. A restaurant is planned to open in later summer 2013.
From the park’s description:
The park is envisioned as a catalyst for the ongoing transformation of downtown Dallas by bringing quality of life, foot traffic to the area and increasing demand for surrounding properties. Leaders envision a place where people can build new traditions, share experiences and have fun in the center of Dallas. Public parks strengthen our communities and benefit our health, environment, quality of life, and economy. These are benefits that Dallas will enjoy for generations to come.