tamtagon wrote:The one thing the downtown area park initiative continues to lack is a linear mobility-park, specific example is Harwood Street from Katy Trail to Old City Park.
*Construction kicks off this month on Pacific Plaza, downtown Dallas' next major park and the first of four new green spaces planned in the next five years.
*"We are finally at the launch point," said Robert Decherd, chairman of Parks for Downtown Dallas, which has partnered with the city to build Pacific Plaza. "We are starting a sprint -- four new parks in five years."
*Along with Pacific Plaza, Parks for Downtown Dallas is finalizing plans for the 5.6-acre Carpenter Park on the eastern edge of the central business district. And near the Farmers Market, designs are almost complete for the 3.8-acre Harwood Park.
*Pacific Plaza, which breaks ground April 17, will take about 18 months to build.
exelone31 wrote:Good news on the parks, pretty hilarious headline that's obviously attempting to SEO the crap out of the Klyde Warren Park name.
Editor: "I need a snappy headline for this article. Three new parks, you say? How big are they?"
Steve Brown: "Well, each one is around 4-5 acres, so 15-ish acres total?"
Steve Brown: "About half the size of Reverchon Park."
Editor: "Reverend who?"
Steve Brown: "About the size of the Katy Trail."
Editor: "Too similar, I need smaller."
Steve Brown: "I mean, it's about three times the size of Klyde Warren Park, but it's also three parks, so it's not that apt of a compari-"
Editor: "DOWNTOWN DALLAS PARK PROJECTS WILL CREATE GREEN SPACE THREE TIMES LARGER THAN KLYDE WARREN"
I really wish Dallas could work on West End park next, after this one instead of Carpenter Park. The West End is finally starting to show some life. Tourists still go there and the park would make such a more powerful impact on continuing the transition.
Klyde Warren taught Dallas an important lesson: because the city center itself does not yet have the street life and population to sustain regular old parks, successful parks in Dallas have to be open-air event facilities. Looking at the renderings of the new parks, however, it looks like the designers and backers have not fully appreciated this lesson. The most promising is Harwood Park, which will have a “ping pong alley” and space for concerts and events. Pacific Plaza will have some futuristic swings for the kids, but it mostly just offers lawn space and a big UFO-looking shade canopy. Carpenter Park is a strip of grass with a meandering path sitting on an island of land disconnected from the rest of downtown by DART’s awfully designed East Transfer Station. In other words, I don’t see a lot to do in these new parks. (UPDATE: As has been pointed out in the comments, I missed the fact that Carpenter Park is adding some basketball courts and a skate park, which is great.)
cowboyeagle05 wrote:For example, Harwood will be integrating historical building shells to preserve the historic architecture which creates cool rooms of activity. It would be great to hide a basketball court in such a way with a brick of a historical building. That way it's not some garish basketball court with ugly metal fencing.
lakewoodhobo wrote:cowboyeagle05 wrote:For example, Harwood will be integrating historical building shells to preserve the historic architecture which creates cool rooms of activity. It would be great to hide a basketball court in such a way with a brick of a historical building. That way it's not some garish basketball court with ugly metal fencing.
My understanding of the plans for Harwood Park is that the remaining buildings are to be repurposed for offices, events, a sports pavilion, etc. There won't be any shells or pieces of buildings to display as relics of the past.
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