About a dozen D Magazine Partners staffers recently got a sneak peek of Klyde Warren Park, the deck park that’s under construction over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. (Other than the foundation’s board of directors, we were the first group to tour the site.) It’s still a little bare bones, but getting to walk on the grounds made it easier to experience how large the park is—and how surprisingly quiet it can be.
The park will be able to hold more than 10,000 people in its more than 200,000 square feet—60 percent of which will be shaded, thanks to the addition of about 320 trees.
Mark Banta, the park’s new president, led the tour. He said infill development and property values are both likely to spike, because people will want to get closer to the action. “It’s not something we could stop if we wanted to,” he said.
The plan is to keep the park highly active, with four or five events per day. There are spaces in the park for activities such as yoga, zumba, tango classes, and fitness boot camps, in addition to concerts and other planned activities.
Even if there’s not a planned activity going on, there are things to see and ways to keep busy, including three interactive fountains, an area dedicated specifically for kids, a quiet space for people wanting to relax, ping-pong tables, a dog park that can hold about 30 dogs, and a putting green.
The park will feature a restaurant (whose operator is yet to be announced), with prices similar to Stephan Pyles and valet parking. For more traditional “park food purists,” there will also be a station where people can go to grab a quick chili dog and cotton candy, Banta said.
So where is everyone going to stash their cars? There are 23 spots around the park and 40 metered spots nearby, and the park is negotiating additional access to 1,400 spots at the Texas Capital building. Bike racks will be also be available on-site for those with two-wheeled transportation.
Scroll down for more photos of the park, slated to open in late fall 2012. Click on the images for a larger view.