DALLAS — Out of the throng of music lovers at Reunion Park over the weekend, you could hear some exclamations that the city should utilize the green space more often for outdoor events.
But there's a misunderstanding.
Even though maps peg the grassy spot across from Reunion Tower as Reunion Park, it is not a public park. The former site of Reunion Arena is actually private property now.
It just didn’t look that way over the weekend.
On the edge of downtown Dallas, a pretty strong beat emanated from that spot as tens of thousands of fans turned out for a three-day mash-up that was the March Madness Music Festival, headlined by a three-hour performance by Bruce Springsteen.
As one fan explained, the series of free concerts came with a bonus: "This beautiful backdrop."
It provided a sort of reunion with Reunion Park. Some told us they had forgotten this space. Others noted the parcel hadn’t looked so alive in years, and that an outdoor concert venue suits the space perfectly.
"There is no better place to do it," one fan told us. "It is so beautiful the way they set it up."
But as quickly as it went up, the stage started coming down on Monday. For those who entertained grand dreams of regular encores there, a reminder that the spot they have now rediscovered is slated for redevelopment.
In a 2012 land swap, the city turned over the property to the developer responsible for the makeovers of Reunion Tower and Union Station across the street. The plan all along has been to turn the land at Reunion into office space.
The spot where "The Boss" played over the weekend could someday be a building with lots of employees... and multiple bosses.
Hunt-Reunion, which owns the site, says there is no imminent plan to redevelop the plot, but the company acknowledges it is a "desirable" space for "a downtown business campus or other commercial development."