This weekend was the grand opening of Klyde Warren Park. A visionary concept for forty years and under construction for the past three years, this 5.2 acre engineering feat spans over Woodall Rodgers Freeway and creates a walk-friendly green link between the Dallas Arts District and Uptown neighborhoods.
I went today – participated in events, ate lots of food, and watched a mass of people enjoy the weather and performances by talented students from Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet School.
The Dallas Center for Architecture hosted a game table upon which children collectively built a Dr. Seuss-worth city. Each started with a 4” x 6” plot of land, materials and their imagination. Here’s some of their work.
Others chose to learn knitting from the Shabby Sheep (2112 Boll Street) staff.
Master knitters covered tree trunks with their intricate handiwork.
Lots of parents strolled around with their kids.
Dogs and owners were in no rush.
This was the start of free yoga and tai chi classes in the park.
Thinking of Stephen Sondheim’s Sundays in the Park with George, there probably were many Georges present today. Georges Seurat would have been proud of the single-minded focus of many Dallasites who made this weekend’s opening a reality.
If you are interested in how Klyde Warren Park was championed, designed and built, visit an excellent exhibition on this subject at the Dallas Center for Architecture – runs through November 9th. The building is located on 1909 Woodall Rodgers, across from the northern edge of the park. Look for a blue-and-white lettered sign, “The Five Star Institute,” towards the top.
Hope to see you in the park. It’s fun to imagine you’re walking above a busy, noisy freeway completely oblivious to it being there, if you didn’t know otherwise.
Enjoy your week,
Meg, it is amazing what Dallas has done over the last 25 years to develop the city – arts, parks, bridge – thank you for showing me!
Thanks Meg! Isn’t this exciting for Dallas? Will try and get there asap!
Sunday in the Park with Meg and the Dallas community is a delight to see in action! Stephanie
Thanks for the update and it was great running into you at the park. Kudos to all those who have made it a reality and to those who volunteered to make the opening weekend a success. G
So good seeing you at the park with your two dogs. I finally met Bear, your newest rescue and addition to the family. Glad a dog park was included in the design.
Meg Thanks for the cheerie reviews. The week end was just great. The most amazing dogs I have EVER seen and in fantastic outfits.I hope the Park will really be a place to enjoy all the time
Mary, the gift shop at Crow Collection of Asian Art is spectacular. I can see your tasteful hand in selecting the items. I was so happy to see Julie Cohn’s new jewelry – perfectly place and display for her creations.
Thanks for this , we were out of town, and this was a great substitute.
Thanks for your report! I didn’t have the energy to check it out this weekend.
The park will be there for your enjoyment for many decades.