Woodall Rodgers Deck Park in Dallas will get $16.7 million in stimulus funds

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by By DAVE LEVINTHAL / The Dallas Morning News

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 16 at 12:18 PM

Dallas' planned Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, which will cover part of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and connect the downtown Arts District to Uptown, will receive $16.7 million of federal economic-stimulus cash earmarked for transportation projects.

The money, awarded via the Texas Transportation Commission, will probably allow park planners to expedite park construction and amenity design, says Linda Owen, president and chief executive of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. It will also help create an estimated 1,000 park-related jobs, she said.

Owen said the stimulus money could also be used to fund more amenities for the 5.2-acre park between Pearl and St. Paul streets, such as environmentally friendly facilities that are not scheduled for development.

Park construction is slated for late summer; planners pushed back the beginning of construction because of design delays. Limited utility work, however, has already begun.

The park's scheduled completion for mid-2011 remains the same, Owen said.

A combination of city, state and private funds are bankrolling the project, the final cost of which keeps fluctuating but is estimated to be around $80 million.

Dallas City Hall's funding for the park is capped at $20 million, with the state and private funds providing the remainder.

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