DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Nice weather is allowing artisans to put the finishing touches on the new Klyde Warren Deck Park over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Downtown Dallas.
There is a big donors party on tap Wednesday night. Then, a formal ribbon cutting on Saturday kicks off a weekends’ worth of public events.
The deck park is thought of as a land bridge, linking Uptown with the Arts District, and offering a seamless flow to Downtown Dallas.
“It’s a model that people are looking at around the world to see how we got this done,” John Zogg tells CBS 11 News. Zogg is an original member of the deck park foundation. He calls it a perfect example of a public-private partnership.
“The public sector stepped up early to build the bridge and the private sector stepped up to build the improvements and infrastructure you see on top of it.”
It cost 110-million dollars to build the park, nearly half coming from private donations, including ten million from board member Kelcy Warren. The park is named after his son, Klyde.
Zogg says the park will be distinctive in its programming, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
“So, we’re highly programming this park to where there’s everything from yoga, to bocce, to putting, to bring your dogs to “My Best Friend’s Park,” to the Children’s Garden, to throw the football on the lawn.”
The only thing not yet completed until next summer is a restaurant, which Zogg likens to New York’s legendary “Tavern on the Green” that once graced Central Park.
“It’s going to have the best patio view of the incredible architecture, the incredible beauty that kind of allows Dallasites to slow down and kind of be proud of what we have here.”
The foundation is providing an endowment for continual maintenance and 24-hour security.
Zogg concludes, “There’s going to be something here for everybody and it’s all free.” On Saturday the official ribbon cutting is at 10:15, then there’s a Dallas Symphony concert at 11:00, then games and other activities until a sold-out concert with Polyphonic Spree and Trombone Shorty.
Sunday, it’s back to more free activities, music, and at 7:45 p.m., a screening of the film “Midnight in Paris,” with its star Dallas native Owen Wilson on hand.
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