Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Did you know Klyde Warren will have to clean the park named after him?
Here are 10 things you didn't know about the park.
DALLAS After years of planning, digging, and traffic congestion, Klyde Warren Park opens on October 27. The deck park covers part of Woodall Rodgers in Dallas and is designed to connect Uptown and Downtown Dallas with a green space Dallas sorely needs. In advance of the big opening, we've got 10 things we bet you didn't know about Klyde Warren Park:
1. According to Peter Harnik, author of Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities, Klyde Warren Park is one of at least 25 deck parks in the U.S. Duluth, Minn., is home to three deck parks.
2. Klyde Warren Park is named after 10-year-old Klyde Warren, a fourth grader at a local private school and son of Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfers Partners. Kelcy Warren wants Klyde to begin to feel the weight of civic responsibility and has stipulated in the contract for the park that Klyde help clean it up once a month. "I’m more excited about that part than he is," Warren says.
3. Kelcy Warren, the Dallas philanthropist who donated $10 million for the park and named it in his son's honor, is one of Forbes 400 Wealthiest People in the country, with a net worth of $2.3 billion.
4. Klyde Warren Park took 10 years of planning and $110 million to build.
5. Klyde Warren Park spans 5.2 acres. It encompasses some 200,000 square feet and is about 1,045 long and 210 feet wide. If you want to work out by walking completely around the park, it’s about half a mile. Maximum capacity is about 10,000 people, with some 5,000 on the great lawn.
6. There’s a putting green in the park for those who need a golf fix.
8. Klyde Warren Park will operate under an $3 million annual budget.
9. The park will focus on programming year round to attract visitors. The opening weekend alone will include chess tournaments; mah-jongg, knitting, and tai chi lessons; dog training; a movie screening; concerts; and fireworks.
10. The entire park will be Wi-Fi enabled for tablet or smart-phone browsing, and hundreds of tables, chairs, and benches will be available for resting and various activities.
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