Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Park over Woodall Rodgers is officially named Klyde Warren Park
Klyde is the donor's elementary-school-aged son.
We've called it Deck Park; we've nicknamed it The Park; and we've gone with the long-winded Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. Now we can talk about the park being constructed over Woodall Rodgers in Dallas by its real name: Klyde Warren Park. The park foundation announced over the holiday weekend that Dallas donor Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, named the park after his 9-year-old son Klyde.
The amount Warren paid for naming rights of the park was not released, but a Dallas Morning News article suggests about $10 million.
The park is a 5-acre public space that was designed to connect Downtown Dallas with Uptown Dallas. It will be finished in fall 2012.
Donor Kelcy Warren wants the park to have free music festivals and jam sessions, according to a statement, because he's a music lover himself who owns Music Road Records in Austin. The foundation also reports that the park will be a "front lawn" for the many buildings in the Dallas Arts District, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, and more.
“A father naming the park after his son sends a strong message that this park will be a green oasis for all children to play, dream and learn,” said Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board, in a statement.
Officials from the park report on Tuesday that 85 of 322 trees have been planted and the lighting in the tunnel will be completed soon.
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