This weekend, Dallas will celebrate the grand opening of its newest landmark, Klyde Warren Park, the 5-acre deck park built over the recessed freeway in the center of the city. Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Celebration presented by Chase and J.P. Morgan will begin with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 27 to kick-off a weekend full of more than 50 free and open-to-the-public activities.
“After 10 years of research, planning and preparation toward one big dream, we are honored to officially welcome Dallas residents and visitors to our city’s new town square,” said Jody Grant, chairman of board of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. “Klyde Warren Park will help transform this area into a pedestrian-friendly hub of activity for our city to enjoy.”
Grand opening activities for all age groups are designed to showcase the Park’s personality, as well as the programming that will be available year-round. Organizers expect a crowd of 40,000 visitors throughout the weekend to enjoy family-friendly activities such as concerts, nature classes, storytelling, live music, opera, ballet, yoga, Zumba, croquet, dog training demonstrations, chess matches, live painting, knitting lessons, dance and art classes, architecture tours, and more. A full schedule can be found at www.klydewarrenpark.org.
On Saturday night, the park will host The Concert for Dallas presented by Deloitte, featuring performances by The Polyphonic Spree and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, which will be followed by fireworks over the Dallas skyline, presented by Oncor. Tickets are required for the concert. On Sunday, music fans can enjoy A Taste of Cherokee Creek Music Festival featuring Bob Schneider and Jimmy LaFavre. On Sunday night, grand opening Honorary Chair Owen Wilson will introduce his film “Midnight in Paris,” which will be shown as the first movie night in the Park, presented by Hillwood.
The park is planned to be a hub of activity with four to five events per day. Programming will be free and ranges from yoga and bootcamp to movie nights and outdoor concerts. The park will create a front lawn for the city’s Arts District, the largest contiguous cultural district in the U.S.
“Klyde Warren Park turns eight lanes of noisy, disruptive freeway into a beautiful park, creating green space out of thin air,” said Mark Banta, president of Klyde Warren Park.
The park is intended to promote sustainability, create pedestrian-friendly space in the center of the city, and enhance quality of life downtown. It will have a positive economic impact by boosting surrounding real estate development, increasing property values and increasing city tax revenue. The increased foot traffic should be catalytic for the surrounding arts institutions and street-level business opportunities.
Klyde Warren Park is the result of a public, private partnership, and the park will be privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. On Monday, October 29, Klyde Warren Park will officially be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“The park is a free destination where people can gather to enjoy what living in a great city like Dallas has to offer,” said Banta. “We can’t wait to welcome the park’s first visitors.”
Additional Grand Opening sponsors include: Fossil, Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr./Hillwood, Sheila and Jody Grant, Museum Tower, Texas Capital Bank, Tenet Healthcare Corp./Melissa andTrevor Fetter, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Jenny & John Kirtland and Tami Thomsen, Worldlink, Inc., Nancy and Randy Best, TXU Energy, Ernst & Young LLP, Highside Capital Mgmt., McKool Smith, Bernadette Schaeffler Collection, 2000 McKinney, Albertsons, Nancy and Randy Best, Boardwalk Auto Group, Carlson Capital, LP, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., City of Dallas, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Ducky Bob’s Event Specialists, Sharon & Ed Fjordbak, GoVision, Hall Wines, Integrated Design Group, Inc., Ben E. Keith Co., Lambert Landscape Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shops, Pyrotecnico, Republic National Distributing Co., Rosewood Hotels, Space Light of Texas by Airstar, Todd Events, Urnameonit.com, DJ Lucy Wrubel, CBS Radio, CBS 11/TXA 21, KERA and KXT.
About Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park will serve as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre park will create an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. The Park includes a performance stage, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children’s park, great lawn, water features, an area for games and much more.
Connectivity is central to the park’s purpose. Klyde Warren Park will promote increased pedestrian, trolley and bicycle use between Uptown, Downtown and the Arts District, contributing to a more walkable city center.
Klyde Warren Park will create a front lawn for the surrounding cultural offerings including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual & Performing Arts and the future Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
Construction on the deck plaza began in October 2009. Klyde Warren Park will host a free, open-to-the-public grand opening weekend Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.
Design is led by The Office of James Burnett, Thomas Phifer and Partners, and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. The Texas Department of Transportation selected Archer Western as the contractor for construction of the deck plaza. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is currently building the park amenities. Bjerke Management Services provides program management services to the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.
Mark Banta is the President of Klyde Warren Park. Jody Grant serves as Chairman of the Board of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and is joined by board members Elaine Agather, Nancy Best, Garrett Boone, Leo Corrigan, Ossa Fisher, Ed Fjordbak, Scott Ginsburg, Sheila Grant, Linda Hart, Mitch Hart, Jeff Jackson, Tom Leppert, John Muse, Bob Shapard, Rob Walters, Kelcy Warren and John Zogg.
For more information, visit www.KlydeWarrenPark.org or call 214-716-4500.