Klyde Warren Park

Sustainability Statistics

Land 

  • 300 pre-stressed box beams were installed.
  • Five feet of fill and 18 inches of soil were used.
  • The park crosses a 200 foot stretch of freeway.

Planting

  • Planting features 322 trees, 904 shrubs, and 3,292 groundwater/perennials.
  • 52% of planting is native to North Texas.

Water

  • 50% permeability increase.
  • Reservoir can collect 12,000 gallons of grey water for irrigation.
  • Drainage mat between soil and deck infrastructure stores excess water.

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • LED lighting fixtures were used.
  • The restaurant relies on geothermal energy for heating and cooling.
  • Sequesters 18,500 lbs of CO2 annually through newly planted trees, equivalent to the CO2 emitted from driving approximately 22,636 miles in a single passenger vehicle. These trees also intercept 64,214 gallons of stormwater runoff annually through their canopies.*

Economics

  • Lease rates at Trammell Crow Center climbed from $19 per sq ft to $25 (32% increase).*
  • Lease rates at 2100 Ross climbed from $13 to $19 (46% increase).*
  • Lease rates at 2000 McKinney rose from $25 to $37 per sq ft (56% increase).*
  • LED lighting saves $11,200 per year.*
  • Projected to generate $312.7 million in economic development and $12.7 million in tax revenue. Development spurred by the park will contribute to a projected 8.8% population increase in the two Census Block Groups surrounding the park by 2017, supporting the regional goal of making metropolitan centers attractive and viable places to live.*

Social

  • The project features 15 programmed spaces.
  • 48 large round tables, 88 Luxembourg chairs, and 286 bistro chairs are available to visitors.
  • This 5.2-acre park adds ½ mile of walkable streetscapes and nine crosswalks.
  • The park hosted more than two million visitors during its first two years of opening.
  • Contributed to a 61% increase in ridership on the M-Line trolley, which connects downtown and uptown. After completion of the park, the trolley line was re-routed, with three new trolley stops adjacent to the park.*
  • Encourages social interaction beyond its boundaries with 14,683 Facebook ‘likes,' 5,212 ‘tagged’ Facebook photos at the park, 6,980 Twitter followers, and 959 Instagram followers, all in the first six months. *

* Landscape Performance Series, reference http://landscapeperformance.org/case-study-briefs/klyde-warren-park

Klyde Warren Park

Constructed over the active, eight-lane Woodall Rogers Freeway in Dallas, Klyde Warren Park is a highly programmed, 5.2-acre urban deck park that has catalyzed unprecedented economic development and has become central Dallas’ most popular public open space. A group of civic leaders who would later become the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation (WRPF) recognized an important opportunity to transform the physical and psychological barrier of the freeway by linking Dallas’ Uptown, Downtown and Arts Districts with a signature green space. After soliciting public input on the park’s program, the Office of James Burnett developed a simple, elegant plan flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of community, arts, and cultural events.

A linear grove of red oak trees in gravel insulates the center of the park from the busy frontage road while a tree-lined promenade sweeps through the site, connecting the park’s many garden rooms. At the heart of the park lies a 6000-SF restaurant with a 500-SF café kiosk and public restrooms adjacent. An iconic band shell overlooks the 30,000-SF event lawn to the west and Moody Plaza’s interactive water feature to the east.

From early morning to late evening, the children’s garden, dog park, reading room and game terraces attract a vibrant, diverse crowd from across the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The WRPF’s event programming staff keeps the park’s calendar full of offerings including Dallas Opera simulcasts, free concerts, regular fitness classes and a rotating menu of the city’s most popular food trucks. Since its opening in 2012, the park has welcomed more than a million visitors annually and received numerous awards, including the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Urban Open Space Award.

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Location: Dallas, TX

Team: Thomas Phifer and Partners, Jacobs Engineering, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, Bjerke Management Solutions, Endres Ware Architects, Focus Lighting Design, Fluidity Design Consultants, Sweeney Associates, Dal-Tech Engineering, Focus EGD, The Johnson Studio, McCarthy, Archer Western, ValleyCrest

Awards:
Texas Society of Architects Honor Awards - Citation of Honor, Klyde Warren Park 2015, ULI Urban Open Space Award Space Award, Klyde Warren Park 2014, Texas Society of Architects Honor Award, Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award, D-Magazine