DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There is new life ahead for an old Downtown Dallas park that really hasn’t been a park in nearly a decade.
The Dallas City Council unanimously approved the construction contract for Carpenter Park located on the eastern edge of Downtown.READ MORE: 'I Feel Like I'm Doing Something That Actually Matters' Says North Texas Mom Who Became Truck Driver Amid Nationwide Shortage
Carpenter Park is a renovation of Carpenter Plaza, a park dedicated in 1981 which has not functioned as a park since it was disrupted by roadway reconfigurations in 2011, Downtown Dallas said in a news release on Wednesday.
“The Park and Recreation Department, the Carpenter Family and Parks for Downtown Dallas have worked together for the better half of a decade to restore Carpenter Park as a community gathering place,” commented Amy M. Meadows, President and CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas. “The approval of the construction contract is a significant step towards making this park a reality for Dallas citizens and visitors alike.”
The design for the new 5.6-acre park includes a children’s environmental play, dog play, basketball court, interactive fountain, walking paths, and a pavilion to accommodate a park office and restrooms.
The Carpenter Park renovation will include the planting of 122 new trees on the site for a total of 135 trees.READ MORE: Tarrant County Prosecutor Chris Taylor Appointed Judge For Texas' 48th District Court
The new park will also showcase two pieces of sculpture.
Robert Irwin’s Portal Park Slice – the second most valuable piece of public art owned by the City of Dallas – has been reimagined by the artist for the renovated park.
Robert Berks’ statue of John W. Carpenter will also be reinstalled in the park.
Carpenter Park is the result of a public-private partnership between the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and Parks for Downtown Dallas. Additional funding has been provided by the Carpenter Family.MORE NEWS: 'Sad And Horrific': Texas Man Accused Of Killing, Dismembering His Mother
Construction is estimated to begin in September 2020 and will take approximately 18 months.