Dallas - Klyde Warren/ Woodall Rodgers
The Klyde Warren Park (Woodall Rodgers Park) is a 5.2 acre park, plaza, and urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas. The park is a major attraction in the heart of the city and reconnects the urban fabric of two of Dallas' most urban neighborhoods, Uptown and the Arts District. The park covers three blocks and includes gardens, plazas, foundations, a great lawn, a performance stage, a playground, a dog park, and space for food trucks. The project cost of $110 million funded through public-private partnerships. The park opened in October 2012.
The mixed-use component of the project at 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway included 1,026,046 sq. ft. of office/retail, 30 multifamily condominium residential units, and 5,700 sq. ft. of restaurant space.
Additional new development has occurred in the area. Hunt Consolidated Tower opened in 2008 with 15 floors and approximately 400,000 sq. ft. of office space overlooking the freeway just southeast of the park. On the north side of the highway, a 21-story building called 2000 McKinney opened in 2008 with 445,000 sq. ft. of office space and 25,500 sq. ft. of retail space. Nearby, 1900 McKinney opened in 2009 with 230 apartments.
The $354 million AT&T Center for the Performing Arts opened its doors in October 2009. The Center includes the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, and the rebuilt Annette Strauss Artist Square. Additional development continues to occur in the surrounding neighborhoods with close access to Klyde Warren Park.
Under the 2005-2006 Sustainable Development Call for Projects, NCTCOG funded $450,000 to provide pedestrian amenities for the park including sidewalks, decorative paving, crosswalks, signal trees, and benches. NCTCOG funded the project to encourage additional dense mixed-use development in the neighboring districts and to increase ridership on mass transit including the McKinney Avenue Trolley that passes through the plaza. The project includes funding from various other sources such as $20 million in federal and state highway funds, $16.7 million in economic stimulus funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), $20 million from a City of Dallas bond election, and from local real estate developers and charitable foundations.
Before the project was announced, the area surrounding the park project was home to assorted cultural and commercial developments that include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The commercial buildings overlooking the park include Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the 50-story Trammel Crow Center.