The lead gifts in a $60 million capital campaign to raise private funds to extend and enhance the 5.2-acre "deck park" built above roadways bridging uptown and downtown Dallas include $20 million from Energy Transfer Partners chair and CEO Kelcy Warren and his wife, Amy; $1 million from electric utility Oncor; and a donation from real estate firm Miyama USA Texas. The expansion plan for the park includes an enclosed, three-story special events pavilion that will provide a revenue stream in support of the park's upkeep and more than thirteen hundred free programs and public events offered annually, as well as a 36,000-square-foot multi-use green space for markets, festivals, and recreation. Other enhancements include a new fountain and an expanded children's park with additional water features, playground equipment, a climbing wall, and a family picnic area.
To date, a public-private effort has secured $40 million from the public sector to fund construction of the 1.5-acre highway deck on which the expanded park will rest. Public funders of the partnership include the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Regional Transportation Council and the City of Dallas. Construction is scheduled to start in 2021 and be completed in mid-2024.
"The generosity of the Warren family is what has made Klyde Warren Park what it is today," said Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation board chair Jody Grant. "Their commitment to the expansion, alongside the generosity of Oncor and Miyama USA Texas, is an amazing way to kick-off our fundraising. We are incredibly grateful that our expansion plans have been received so positively."
(Image credit: Klyde Warren Park)