Yesterday we learned, via the DMN, that the proposal to add another deck to Klyde Warren Park (Dallas’ favorite downtown green space) won’t result in much in the way of additional, you know, park. It will, instead, result in the addition of parking. And the garage that’s being proposed to go up on the extension between St. Paul and Akard streets is itself being referred to as “Sky Park.”
For the $90 million project being proposed by Jody Grant, chairman of the Klyde Warren Park foundation, we’d also get the closure of Olive Street, a fancy new fountain, more toys in the children’s play zone, a “Sky Deck” that hangs out over Woodall Rodgers, and a “Sky Bridge” linking the Perot Museum to the park.
But Grant told the DMN that without the parking garage (which would also house a restaurant and bar and the park’s offices) the project isn’t feasible. The Park Board is going to get a look at its meeting tomorrow. Grant wants the city to kick in $40 million, about twice the city’s share for the initial construction of Klyde Warren.
No one can deny this is a big idea in a city where “big things happen.” The question is, have we now achieved the ne plus ultra of the form?