DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The wrapper is officially off the brand new Klyde Warren Park.
The ‘deck park’ sits atop the Woodall Rogers Freeway and bridges downtown to uptown Dallas seamlessly through the Arts District.
Mayor Mike Rawlings says he expects the new park to greatly add to the economic development of Dallas. Rawlings says the location of the park atop Woodall Rogers expands the whole city center in a major way.
If the early reactions are any indication, the people of Dallas are going to like what they now have.
Saturday’s near-perfect fall weather could not have been more welcome for the festivities.
The official ribbon cutting took place Saturday morning when CBS 11’s Karen Borta, Mayor Rawlings and the 10-year-old who the park were named for handling the ceremonies.
Saturday night featured a concert including the Polyphonic Spree and Trombone Shorty, followed by a fireworks show. The free concert had space for 6,000 tickets, which were snapped up quickly.
But the big draw has been the park itself. Acres of greenspace with lots of activities for both two-legged and four-legged park-goers.
It was a major donation from Klyde’s father, Kelci Warren, that put the park’s final wheels in motion.
Half-a-century ago Dallas mayor Eric Jonsson envisioned putting the Woodall Rodgers freeway below ground level. But it took a 21st century public-private partnership to create the deck over it and fulfill the vision of a seamless pedestrian walkway
A special foundation was created just for this park to plan events and provide safety and security well into the future.
Since it was a ‘shovel ready’ project, the park received over $16.5 million in federal stimulus money.
The park plans to stay active, planning 4-5 events a day. With dog parks and running trails to playgrounds and places for young and old to just hang out, the park will not be a passive park experience
Take a look at a timelapse of the construction of the deck park from the first day until its grand opening.
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