New park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway nears completion



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Posted on October 8, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 3:50 AM

Klyde Warren Park

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DALLAS — For three years, the park has slowly closed in over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the north side of the Dallas skyline.

Now, in just three weeks, the city is finally about to get a glimpse of what's been going on up there.

"It feels like a marathon and we're in the sprint to the finish, but right now we're in great shape, and we believe we'll be complete in time," said park president Mark Banta.

Klyde Warren Park, as it will be known, is an engineering marvel, Banta added. Six feet of soil sits over the freeway in channels to help the trees mature.

But before the park opens on October 27, final touches are under way on the performance pavilion, a playground, walkways, and four fountains.

"The park has a lot of places for discovery," Banta explained. "It's divided into rooms, so when someone comes down, you can't step in and say 'I've seen the whole park.' You have to walk around and see everything that's here."

On Tuesday morning, the park will release free tickets needed to attend the grand opening concert featuring The Polyphonic Spree and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. The tickets are good for a wrist band needed for admittance. The tickets will be made available to print out at on Tuesday.

But Klyde Warren Park is not just green space. This park will have ping-pong and foosball tables along with attendants on duty to distribute paddles and balls.

There's a playground for children, a dog park, putting green, and a concert stage.

"Just in the month of November, any given day of the week, there'll be five different activities going on," Banta said.

A full-service restaurant isn't expected to be ready until next year, he added.

Existing lots, garages, and street spaces should provide plenty of parking, Banta explained, since most of the large events will be in the evenings and on weekends. In addition, there have been a half-million dollars in improvements to crosswalks around the park to ensure people cross safely into it.

In all, this is a $110 million public/private partnership; a five-acre park connecting Uptown to downtown while floating over a freeway.