Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Decked Out: Community Organizers in Dallas, Texas, Built Klyde Warren Park out of Thin Air

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Decked Out: Community Organizers in Dallas, Texas, Built Klyde Warren Park out of Thin Air

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IN MANY CITIES, the only thing that runs over a freeway is an overpass, a utilitarian expanse of concrete and steel where the only human interactions are fender benders and blaring horns. In Dallas, Texas, however, residents can now enjoy Klyde Warren Park, a B.2-acre elevated deck park built right over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The urban green space connects the city's Arts District and downtown with its exciting uptown area, and engaging features including a dog park, a children's play area, walking trails, a performance pavilion, daily free programming, and more have already drawn tens of thousands of visitors since the park's grand opening in October 2012.

Named after the young son of one of the park's biggest benefactors, the idea for the park emerged in 2002 when real estate agent John Zogg began gathering support for the project. By 2004, Zogg and other organizers had founded the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, and contributions continued to stream in. About half of the project's $110 million cost came from city bond, state highway, and stimulus funds, with the remaining balance coming in from individual donors.

As the plan for the park called for it to be built as a floating structure atop a major downtown artery, organizers recognized they would need highly experienced architects and urban planners to bring the dream to reality. Dan Biederman, the urban manager who revolutionized Manhattan's Bryant Park in the early 1990s, served as a consultant on the project. …

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