Klyde Warren Park—2014 Urban Open Space Winner
October 21, 2014
About Klyde Warren Park
Location: Dallas, Texas
Owner: Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation
Designer: The Office of James Burnett
Size: 5.2 acres
Klyde Warren Park is Dallas’s new town square that has literally and figuratively bridged the city’s downtown cultural district with the burgeoning mixed-use neighborhoods to the north, reshaping the city and catalyzing economic development. The park brings Dallasites together in new ways, with dozens of free activities and amenities to offer every week, from concerts and lectures to games and fitness classes, all within a beautiful fiveacre jewel.
The park decks over the sunken Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which had been an imposing barrier between downtown and the densely populated Uptown neighborhood. Spurred by a study in 2002 that confirmed the feasibility of a “deck park” over the freeway, leaders of the Dallas business community formed the non-profit Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which was responsible for the operations and maintenance of the new park.
Built with a combination of public and private funds, the park features a flexible, pedestrian-oriented design that arranges a children’s park, reading room, great lawn, restaurant, performance pavilion, fountain plaza, games area, dog park and botanical garden around a sweeping pedestrian promenade. After ten years of planning, design, fundraising, and construction, Klyde Warren Park opened in the fall of 2012 and was immediately embraced by the community, cementing its place as a world-class urban park.