2012 A Park on the Freeway
As in lots of cities that get transected by highways, when the Woodall Rodgers Freeway was slashed through downtown Dallas as eight lanes of submerged concrete, the surrounding neighborhoods were damaged. But few observers anticipated how strongly the area would re-blossom after three large blocks of the freeway were roofed over and turned into the Klyde Warren Park. Named for the son of lead donor Kelcy Warren, the five-acre site was turned into a busy mix of lawn, dog park, playgrounds, food trucks, and performance areas. The free public park has a packed daily schedule of events, concerts, workouts, and meet-ups—all privately managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, which led creation of the oasis, and raised $55 million of private donations for its construction.
- D Magazine retrospective on creation of the park, dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2012/special-report-the-park/the-woodall-rodgers-park-strong-foundation