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Klyde Warren Park
View of park and Downtown in 2013
Klyde Warren Park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, connecting Downtown and Uptown.
Type Public Park
Location Downtown Dallas, Dallas, Texas
Area 5.2-acre (21,000 m2)
Created October 27, 2012; 8 years ago (2012-10-27)
Operated by Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation
Status Open
Website http://www.klydewarrenpark.org

Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre (2.1 ha) public park in Downtown Dallas, Texas. The park is over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and opened in 2012. It is named for Klyde Warren, the young son of billionaire Kelcy Warren who donated $10 million to the development of the park.

The urban park is open to the public, but is operated by the private Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. Unlike other public parks within the city, Klyde Warren Park has operating hours from 6am to 11pm.

Klyde Warren Park and surrounding skyscrapers at dusk
Klyde Warren Park and its surrounding skyscrapers at dusk

Description

The park is constructed above a section of below-grade Woodall Rodgers Freeway, for three blocks between Pearl Street and St. Paul Street. It connects the Dallas Arts District to other and serves as a central public gathering space for Dallas residents and visitors to enjoy.

Designed by landscape architecture firm The Office of James Burnett, the park includes a mix of active and passive spaces like children's parks and reading spaces, fountains, game areas, and dog parks. A 6,000-square-foot (560 m2) restaurant and performance stage, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, is in the center of the park.

Location

The park is located on the edge of the Arts District, between Downtown Dallas and Uptown. The urban park stretches for three city blocks between Pearl and St. Paul Streets, and covers the below-grade Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The park connects with the M-line Streetcar.

Adjacent structures include the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Parkside Condominiums, Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences, and several commercial offices. Museum Tower, a 42-story residential tower, is also located next to the park.

Construction and management

Utility construction began in January 2009, with a "ground-making" ceremony held in September 2009. The park opened on October 27, 2012.

The complex design was led by two design firms, landscape architecture by The Office of James Burnett, and structural engineering by the Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. The design and construction of the park was managed by Bjerke Management Solutions. The head engineer on file is Mir Hadi Ali, P.E. from Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

Construction of the park was funded through a public, private partnership including $20 million in bond funds from the city of Dallas, $20 million in highway funds from the state and federal government through TxDOT, and nearly $50 million from private donations. The biggest contributor was businessman Kelcy Warren who gave $10 million to the project; the gift gave him naming rights which he used to name the park after his then-nine-year old son. In March 2009, the Park was selected to receive $16.7 million in stimulus funds that were specifically for transportation enhancement construction.

Klyde Warren Park is privately managed and programmed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. The park's amenities and 1,300 annual events and programming are paid for by private donations being raised by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation continues to raise donations to fund operations, programming, and construction of new amenities.

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