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DALLAS (KRLD) — Klyde Warren Park has been awarded the prestigious national Urban Open Space Award from The Urban Land Institute.

The annual award recognizes successful public spaces that have “socially and economically enriched and revitalized their communities.” The park will receive $10,000.

“The national recognition from ULI is an incredible honor. It attests to the enormous impact that Klyde Warren Park has had on Dallas and demonstrates the power of public green space,” said Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park. “By giving the community a central gathering space in the heart of our city, Klyde Warren Park has become one of Dallas’ – and the region’s – top destinations.”

The presentation of the award coincides with the park’s two-year anniversary, which will be celebrated Tuesday through Friday. The park will celebrate with evening performances and a family festival, featuring many of the park’s popular programs.

Klyde Warren Park beat out four other finalists for the award: Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio; Guthrie Green in Tulsa, Okla.; The Railyard Park and Plaza in Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 5.2-acre deck park is built on Woodall Rodgers and bridges Uptown Dallas to Downtown Dallas. The park features a performance pavilion, restaurant, dog park, water features, free Wi-Fi, and free daily programs to all visitors.

The Urban Open Space Award was established in 2009.

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