Deck Park Parking Stalled; Dallas City Budget Approved

By Ken Kalthoff
|  Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:42 PM CDT
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Dallas Deck Park Parking Stalled

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Dallas city leaders on Wednesday put the brakes on a parking plan for the deck park scheduled to open over the Woodall Rogers Freeway next month.

Visitors driving to Klyde Warren Park may need to find spaces in nearby lots because the city has just 26 spaces along the curb.

The city was planning to charge $2.50 per hour to park in those spaces.

"This is going to mean that the public can't enjoy this park in the middle of downtown that they helped pay for because of these extraordinary fees," Councilwoman Angela Hunt said. "I think any family should be able to go there and not worry about feeding the meter."

The discussion came during unanimous City Council approval of a budget for the coming fiscal year, which takes effect Oct. 1.

Property taxes stay the same, and city employee furlough days are over. But water rates will increase, and new parking meters will be installed around the downtown area with some rate increases.

The new meters will accept credit cards as well as cash.

The high rates for spaces at the Klyde Warren Park were intended to discourage office workers from using the spaces to keep them available for park visitors.

But Hunt said the proposed rate is too high.

"I want to make sure we're sending the right message to the public that we want everyone to be able to come and use this park, not just folks with a whole lot of change in their pocket," she said.

Her complaints set off a discussion about parking fees at other city parks.

"I'm not comfortable with the fact that we have that much of a concern for the $2.50 and absolutely no concern about the $10 at Fair Park," Councilman Dwaine Caraway said.

Other council members said the Fair Park rates should also be reviewed but they voted to delay the proposed Klyde Warren Park rates for two more weeks of study.

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