DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Anticipation is building for the newest park in downtown Dallas. Opening ceremonies for Klyde Warren Park are set to take place on Saturday. The 5.2-acre park is unique in that it is built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The space is being billed as a bridge from the downtown area to uptown.
City officials plan to hold free public programs at the park, ranging from yoga classes to outdoor concerts and films.
It has taken years to construct the urban oasis. Last minute work is being done this week to make sure that everything is ready to go for the Saturday opening. Crews have been busy, and organizers and donors are excited to see all of the hard work — and money — finally pay off. The park was made possible mainly through donations.
Jody and Sheila Grant of Dallas raised $50 million to make the park possible. Even in times of economic recession, they never gave up on the vision and dream for this urban park area. “When we ran into obstacles that I thought we couldn’t overcome,” Sheila Grant said, “an obstacle is a challenge to Jody, and his determination has been, I believe, what got us through all of this.”
Organizers expect thousands of people to visit the park on Saturday, when live music and activities are planned for the area’s opening. Those hoping to come out this weekend are advised to leave early and give yourself plenty of extra time. Parking is expected to be a major issue.
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