Monday, July 30, 2012
Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park will have “4 ½ activities per day”
That’s an average. We’d hate to see what half of an event looks like.
More than 30 providers will offer free classes, musical events, and programming in Klyde Warren Park, the 5.2-acre green space which extends between Pearl and St. Paul streets over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. On average, there will be 4 1/2 activities per day, according to Mark Banta, president of Klyde Warren Park. The park opens October 27.
"What they're going to do for us is provide a level of activity that keeps this park fun, surprising, and something new and different each and every day," said Banta. "When you have a high level of programming, people just come from everywhere to experience that and to enjoy the park environment."
In the Children's Park, for example, art and music activities will be scheduled by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Museum of Nature and Science. In that space, kids can use activity tables and engage in creative dramatics and storytelling.
Park visitors can also take free yoga classes from the Dallas Yoga Center or watch a movie sponsored by the Dallas Film Society. Four-legged friends can run in the Best Friends Dog Park or take a free dog obedience class.
Studio 22, owned by Michelle Hafle and Sergey Korshunov, will offer beginner salsa, swing, rumba, and cha-cha dance classes on Monday evenings at the Muse Family Performance Pavillion. Fans of the Dancing With The Stars TV show may recognize the studio as the training ground for local celebrity contestants like Mark Cuban and Emmitt Smith.
"We felt we had similar goals as far as spreading art and dance in the community," said Hafle. "We'll be doing the ballroom classes out in the park. And if people want to learn more, they can certainly come to our studio."
One of the goals of providing programming is to not only tie it into the Arts District where the park resides, but to make it a more interactive space. "What we have found in all the great urban parks is that you can have a static green space and people may use it or not,” said Banta. “But when you activate a park and bring the programming in, people begin to talk. It builds a fan base from the grass roots because people are connected back to being around other people and seeing people having fun."
Diverse programming to fit people of all ages, socio-economic levels, and educations was also important. "A guy like me may not be able to do yoga any more, but I'd love to watch a chess match or pick up a ping-pong paddle and play some ping-pong,” said Banta. “There's education, music, art, movement, kid's activities -- it's tremendously diverse."
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