Klyde Warren Park
|Klyde Warren Park|
Klyde Warren Park covers Woodall Rodgers Freeway and connects Uptown to Downtown
|Area||5.2-acre (21,000 m2)|
|Operated by||City of Dallas|
Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre (2.1 ha) public park that was constructed in downtown Dallas, Texas, USA. Utility construction began in January 2009 with a ground-making ceremony held on September 14, 2009. The park opened October 27–28, 2012.
The park is open to the public but is operated by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which is a private foundation. Unlike other public or City of Dallas parks Klyde Warren Park has operating hours from 6am - 11pm and rules that patrons must abide by. A list of park rules can be found on the park's web site; www.klydewarrenpark.org
The park is named for the 9-year-old son of billionaire Kelcy Warren.
Klyde Warren Park creates an urban green space over Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. It provides connectivity to the city’s flourishing Arts District, brings cultural offerings together and serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy.
In addition to a restaurant and performance stage, the park includes jogging trails, a dog park, a children’s playground, fountains, an area for games and much more.
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. In March 2009, the Park was selected to receive $16.7 million in stimulus funds that are specifically for transportation enhancement construction. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation continues to raise private donations to fund amenity construction, operations and programming.
The design and construction of the park was managed by Bjerke Management Solutions and the design was led by two nationally recognized design firms, The Office of James Burnett and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. The head engineer on file is Mir Hadi Ali, P.E. from Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.
Klyde Warren Park is privately managed and programmed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. Jody Grant serves as Chairman of the Board of the Woodall Rodgers Foundation and is joined by President and C.E.O., Linda Owen, and board members Elaine Agather, Nancy Best, Garrett Boone, Leo Corrigan, Ed Fjordbak, Sheila Grant, Linda Hart, Mitch Hart, Jeff Jackson, Tom Leppert, John Muse, Bob Shapard, Rob Walters, Kelcy Warren and John Zogg.
Klyde Warren 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, which had long been a barrier between the two neighborhoods.
The park may connect to the Katy Trail in the future and currently connects with the M-line Streetcar, serving as a gateway to downtown and the Arts District. Adjacent structures include the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, 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 located next to the park.
The park includes jogging trails, a dog park, a children’s playground, a restaurant, a performance stage, fountains, an area for games and more. The park’s amenities and programming are paid for by private donations being raised by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. The park opened on October 27, 2012.