JPMorgan Chase Ponying Up $3M for Deck Park

You can get off the edge of your chair now. Supporters of the Woodall Rodgers deck park have just announced that JPMorgan Chase will donate $3 million to help complete the park, which isn’t too far from downtown’s JPMorgan Chase Tower office building. SweetCharity tells us the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation made the announcement at a news conference attended by the likes of Mayor Tom Terrific; Chase’s Elaine Agather and the bank’s top man, CEO Jamie Dimon; and the foundation’s Jody Grant. As part of the deal, Chase’s name will grace the park’s “promenade.” Plans call for the 5.2-acre park to cover the freeway between St. Paul and Pearl streets, linking Uptown to the downtown Arts District. Other financing’s coming from TxDOT ($20 million), the city of Dallas ($20 million) and federal stimulus dough ($16.7 million).


  • Wick Allison

    It says a lot about Dallas — and the clout of Elaine Agather — that Jamie Dimon took the time to attend the ceremony. While Diamond noted that Chase has 13,000 employees here, it still couldn’t have been easy for Agather to wrangle $3 million out of New York for a park donation. John Muse introduced Dimon as the most respected banker on Wall Street today (which may not seem like much of an accolade, now that I think of it), and the business press seems to concur. Nice to have him in town.

  • jt

    Congrats to Dallas, the Park and Chase. That is a really great gift to our city!!

  • franco

    Is “Mayor Tom Terrific” in the D Magazine Style Book? Is it just above, “Thanks, Tristan”?