Dallas Deck Park Nearing Completion

Klyde Warren Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway to open this fall

After nearly three years of construction, Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is nearing completion.

The 5.2-acre deck park sits over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway and stretches from Pearl Street to St. Paul Street in Downtown Dallas.

Board members say construction crews are in the home stretch of the park's fall opening. The pavilion, which sits off Olive Street, is almost complete, as are the sidewalks and parking spaces.

"We planted 330 trees in the park," said John Zogg, park board member. "As you can see, we're getting ready for grass and in ... 45 days, actually, you'll see grass start to go in."

Residents said they are happy the park is nearing completion, saying traffic related to it has been a headache.

"I have to deal with some of it driving in," said Patrick Smith, who works downtown. "It will just be nice when it's finished so we don't have to look at all the cranes and trucks and everything."

Smith said he, like many people, was skeptical when the city announced it was building a park over a freeway. But a lot of the construction has cleared in past few weeks, and the park is finally coming into view.

"They've done a good job," he said. "I think it's going to look nice. It's going to be kind of an oasis in the middle of a lot of concrete and a lot of buildings."

Anne Palamara, who also works downtown, agreed.

"It will be a really nice place to relax and have concerts and dining, and I think it will be a really nice place to hang out," she said.

Zogg said the park is already getting calls from people who want to to have parties, weddings and other events in the park.

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