DALLAS — Organizers said opening weekend at Klyde Warren Park, the new venue constructed over Woodall Rogers Freway, was a huge success.
The celebration attracted 44,000 people to the emerald island that links downtown with Uptown Dallas.
Some of the visitors noticed, for the first time, glare coming off the nearby Museum Tower, and realized what all the fuss is about in the sun squabble between the tower and the Nasher Sculpture Garden.
“Oh yeah! When you look that way, it’s really bright... it’s really bright,” said Jamie Hartson, who came from Farmers Branch to see the park on Monday.
The Nasher has complained that light from the elegant (but very shiny) tower is flooding its art and grounds with intense and damaging solar rays.
“I do understand a little more now why the museum was making such a big deal about it,” said Maria Calano of Dallas, who was visiting Klyde Warren Park for the first time.
Last week, negotiations between the two parties broke down when the mediator quit. He said Museum Tower — owned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund — does not seem interested in reaching a collaborative solution.
The Fund supports making architectural changes to the Nasher — not to its building.
“You can’t deny it. It’s really unfortunate that they’re taking that stance,” said Anne Catlin, a visitor New York who used to live in Rockwall.
Officials from Klyde Warren Park declined to comment for this story, but did say the glare does not affect them... even though its visitors do seem to notice.