tamtagon wrote:I don't know who owns that gold mine, but they need to cash out so the museum can have a lawn.
tamtagon wrote:I understand Perot's desire to have a dedicated path from the super popular park to the museum, but that elevated walkway is just about as silly as the elevated parking garage.
Tucy wrote:tamtagon wrote:I understand Perot's desire to have a dedicated path from the super popular park to the museum, but that elevated walkway is just about as silly as the elevated parking garage.
Exactly right. We already have a "dedicated path". It's called sidewalks. We have spent/are spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to create an urban environment in downtown and uptown Dallas. These silly elevated walkways would take us in exactly the wrong direction.
Big plans are in the works for Klyde Warren 2.0: a new fountain on the east end, expansion of the children’s park on the west end and redesigning the area around Olive Street.
The park needs about $15 million in private donations to pull off all of that, says retired banker Jody Grant, the man behind the 5.2-acre freeway-deck park and chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the nonprofit that runs it.
Most people don’t realize the park doesn’t receive operating funds from the city.
That means the foundation must bring in about $5.5 million this year to manage, run it and keep it looking pristine, says Jody Grant, the 79-year-old chairman emeritus of Texas Capital Bank.
“We look at it as total cash out vs. total cash in,” he says. “We’ve been closing the gap, but when you look at it that way, we’ve been in a deficit ever since the park opened.”
The shortfall this year will be about $250,000 before allocating money for the park’s next phase.
“We desperately need somebody who has the tools that Kit brings,” says Grant. “There is a simple axiom here: We can deliver services that far exceed what we do today. Money is the only thing that stands between us and having activities in the park that begin at 6 a.m. and last all day, every day.”
tamtagon wrote:I think it would be great if the museum's elevated walkway to Klyde Warren Park is a marvel of engineering and science, turning the 5 minute walk into a stroll through a nature & science project, but the city's help should be limited to getting through the red-tape.
lakewoodhobo wrote:Here we go: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/downtow ... ars-making
lakewoodhobo wrote:I'm glad they decided on a visitors center instead of another restaurant. Why cannibalize Savor and add to the already saturated market here? Stampede 66 just closed and there are more restaurants coming to 1900 Pearl and Park District.
Design and construction of the project will begin next year, with completion of the expansion happening as early as 2022.
Hannibal Lecter wrote:Does anyone actually visit a city visitor center? I mean this as an honest question. I can't recall any time that I ever have.
Cbdallas wrote:Surely that merry go round is just a cut and past place holder until they figure out what to do there. It looks ridiculous. I heard the sky bridge connecting the Perot all the way to the Arts District would be a phase 3 project at a later date.
Tnexster wrote:Nice article and some good points. Have to ask the question, why on earth would the city waste money on a visitor center? People still use those things? Don't most people just ask their phones for information now? That seems very....old world.
Instead of expanding the park in a way that would be a genuine attraction to visitors (and residents!), the city would instead turn that space over to pure boosterism.
More to the point, there's almost no park in this park—the additional space there would be is a cut off from the rest of the park by the new structure.
The Nasher Sculpture Center would do well to place an entrance facing Klyde Warren, instead of turning its back with a series of blank walls. And if the park is to do more to funnel pedestrians to the Perot, that museum should likewise figure out a more friendly way to welcome them than with a long, blank staircase.
a small number of parking spaces as required by code (quote from a designer of the expansion)
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