DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department and Parks of Downtown Dallas joined forces — and funds — to create a new park in the city.

It was a project that was 10 years in the making, and on Wednesday, the groundbreaking for Carpenter Park was held. Construction will begin Thursday, Oct. 1.

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The park is expected to be the largest neighborhood park in the downtown area, covering more than five and a half acres.

It’s nestled in the tree-lined corner of Pearl and Live Oak streets. It will have garden space, walking paths, basketball courts and a children’s play area.

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The park will also have the Robert Irwin sculpture, which is the city’s second-most valuable piece of public art. The artist reimagined it specifically for this park’s design.

Donations, combined with $35 million from the 2017 bond program, will pay for the space that has taken a large amount of dedicated hours to come to fruition.

“Parks in downtown take a long time. Because look at what’s all around here. It is already built. This is not like raw land in the suburban right we’ve got a lot of things buried, a lot of utilities are going to have to move out of this site so there is a lot of coordination between a lot of entities,” said Amy Meadows, president and CEO of the Parks for Downtown Dallas.

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The park is expected to take 18 months for completion, with a ribbon cutting in Spring 2022.