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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Foundation, Jody Grant, presented a new vision to the Dallas Park and Recreation Board Thursday.

The plans call for making the children’s park bigger, building a large fountain at Pearl Street, and creating space for a skating rink.  Developers also want to expand over the freeway, creating a sky deck overlooking the roadway and building a three-level building.

“The top level would be food service, event space, which those around the park say we terribly need,” Grant explained.  

Another key part of the plan: construct pedestrian bridges from the east side of the park to the Arts District and from the west side of the park to the Perot Museum.

Parents say that’s a huge improvement to what’s there now.

“When you’re walking across the street with a bunch of kids, and strollers, it’s kind of hard to get across and make sure everyone is safe,” said Dallas resident Kristen Langley.

“Having kids, it seems a little dangerous with all the cars and traffic. It’s too much walking the kids,” added Michelle Vieyra who says she loves the park.

The project would cost $90 million. $50 million would come from private sources, the other $40 million from the City of Dallas. The Park and Recreation Board and City Council will have the final say.  News.”

Planners say they believe the expansion would attract an additional 1.1 million visitors to downtown each year.

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