Klyde Warren Park

  • Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Completion Date
    October, 2012
  • Size
    5.2 Acres
  • Team
    Architect: Thomas Phifer and Partners, Endrestudio
    Civil Engineer: Jacobs Engineering Group
    Structural Engineer: Jacobs Engineering Group, Thornton Tomasetti
    Lighting Designer: Focus Lighting
    Irrigation Designer: Sweeney & Associates
    Water Feature Designer: Fluidity Design Consultants
    Signage + Wayfinding Designer: Thomas Phifer and Partners, focusEGD
    Biederman Redevelopment Ventures
    Bjerke Management Solutions
    Dal-Tech Engineering
    The Johnson Studio
    McCarthy
    Archer Western
    ValleyCrest
  • Awards
    • 2018: WLA Awards – Award of Excellence in the Built Large Category – Klyde Warren Park
    • 2018: AIA Collaborative Achievement Award, Klyde Warren Park
    • 2017: ASLA Design Award of Excellence, Klyde Warren Park
    • 2015: ASLA Texas Chapter Citation of Honor – Klyde Warren Park
    • 2014: ULI Urban Open Space Award – Klyde Warren Park
    • 2014: Klyde Warren Park – Best Local Attraction from D Magazine Awards
    • 2014: ASLA Southern California Chapter Design Award for Klyde Warren Park
    • 2013: Greater Dallas Planning Council Urban Design Award to Klyde Warren Park
    • 2013: Best Project from Engineering News Record for Klyde Warren Park
    • 2013: Best Community Impact for Klyde Warren Park
  • Photography
    Marion Brenner, Mei-Chun Jau, Joshua Spitzing, Dillon Diers, Kyle Fiddelke

About

Hailed as one of the first and most successful deck parks built over a busy highway, Klyde Warren Park was realized through a creative visioning process and public-private partnership. The freeway had severed Dallas’s two largest cultural districts — the downtown Arts District and Uptown– for many years. Restoring the connection by bridging the gap has transformed the roadway into a connected public realm.

A simple, elegant plan is flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of community, arts, and cultural events. Bisected by the existing Olive Street Bridge, the 5.2-acre park is organized around a sweeping pedestrian promenade shaded by a continuous canopy of specimen pond cypress. The promenade draws visitors through the park past a botanical garden, a reading room, an event lawn, and a children’s garden with an interactive water feature. A large public plaza adjacent to Olive Street includes an interactive fountain and connects a restaurant terrace, a performance pavilion, and a casual takeout kiosk to the street. A series of arches establish a strong architectural rhythm through the park, and groves of trees buffer the interior spaces from the busy adjacent surface streets.

The park incorporates many of the area’s most prominent museums and universities in its programming and places them in an environment featuring a palette of regionally appropriate trees, shrubs, and ornamental plantings, of which over 50 percent are native to the North Texas area.

The park refocuses Dallas’ two largest cultural areas into an active, walkable district.

Klyde Warren Park in the Lab

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park

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of planting is native to North Texas

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visitors came to the park within its first two years of opening

PLANTING

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of planting is native to North Texas

WATER

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of greywater can be collected in the reservoir for irrigation

SOCIAL

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actively programmed spaces

SOCIAL

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visitors came to the park within its first two years of opening