Should Klyde Warren Park Add Another Park?

Since Klyde Warren Park is moving forward with its planned ice rink, it feels like the powers-that-be are running out of usable real estate, what with the dog park, the children’s area, the performance stage, the putting green, ping-pong tables, the t-shirt cannon firing range, the Bonnie and Klyde improv troupe’s theater, and so on. Since my window overlooks Klyde Warren, I’ve spent a fair amount of time looking down at it and assessing the situation. And — I think — I’ve come up with a solution.

Klyde Warren Park needs to add another park.

Hear me out. Do you need sun to play ping-pong? Or putt golf balls? Or eat sushi? Or climb on a jungle gym? Or read a book? Or go ice skating? Or listen to Robert Wilonsky talk? Or whatever? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, and (depending on exactly whatever entails) probably not. Right? So you stack another park on top of the park that is already there, supported by 150 to 200 mostly unobtrusive concrete pillars, along with a series of steel support beams. You’d probably only have to close the park for, like, six months, a year tops. I’m not an architect, at least not a professional one. But I’ve sketched out what this will look like. I think you’ll find my solution both elegant and attractive.




  • SybilsBeaver

    or lets just deck all of Woodall from 35 to 75/45 make it one massive park

  • David Burrows

    I like it but why stop there? Another deck could play host to a satellite park for the Dallas Zoo, and one on top of that could be an IMAX theater and dolphin pool and top it off with a Zorb ball and base jump park!

    • Zac Crain

      A Dagwood sandwich of parks — it might work, yes.

  • Hunter

    OMG make the beams neon.

    • dfwcre8tive

      LED, so the names of sponsors can scroll across the beams while lighting up the park

  • H. Oswald

    That looks like a cage

  • mynameisbill

    What about something like an ‘Inception’ kinda park? You know, a park within a park that’s within a park that’s within another park. And to know which park you’re in at the time, you’ll have to use something like that spin-top thingy they used in the movie or……………….shoot, just lost my train of thought! Dang nabbit no good short/long term memory of mine! 🙁

  • critic

    Outline the whole damn park with neon, or LED lighting, or nightly foreworks. Downtown is looking more like Las Vegas everyday. Double deck or triple deck all of Woodall Rogers Freeway. Just charge the park users to pay for the park or rich donors. . My Dallas property taxes are already ridiculous

  • AJZ

    Egad, man! Your plan explains how the Eloi and the Morlocks originally got separated!

  • blue pencil

    I say run your extra, back-up, auxiliary park right up the side of D Tower. “Dallas: The First City with a Vertical-Lift-Off Park.” Just like the ice rink that rents skates, this Sideways Park would rent either grappling hooks or special boots with claws that grip the sideways turf (like golf shoes, only meaner). Then Dallas scientists could develop trees that grow sideways. And ponds that defy gravity by staying vertical. And we could run the McKinney Avenue Trolley up the side there, too.

    Then the rest of us wouldn’t have to see that big D that you don’t see because you’re inside the building.

  • Michael Hassett

    They should build a caged in basketball court and a man made river beside it. That way when I win I can throw the ball in the river, AND 1 style.

  • Kk.

    And when the Nasher moves to another city, build the worlds tallest parking garage there! And wrap it in the shiniest, most reflective substance known to man – it and museum tower together side by side could probably produce a death ray! Which we can use to protect Dallas when the aliens invade.

  • Xzibit

    Yo dawg, I herd you like parks so I put a park in your park so you can park while you park.

  • Frostbite

    “How can we be expected to teach children to run and play if they can’t even fit inside the park?”