A Sunny Day in Klyde Warren Park

Dallas has a new park. Built atop the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Downtown Dallas, the Klyde Warren Park is the city’s latest attraction. I went down there early on a beautiful Saturday morning to find it quite crowded. After walking around for a while, I could see why. There’s a lot to see and do in Klyde Warren Park. There is a dog park, a jogging trail, ping pong tables, a putting green, a stage, and even a library. There were people there biking, people eating from a gourmet food truck, and people doing yoga on the lawn. All of this was going on atop an ugly downtown freeway stuck between some sterile skyscrapers. The Klyde Warren Park is a huge improvement to the urban infrastructure, and it was a pleasure to take the following photos.

Sunny Lawn

A Sunny Day in Klyde Warren Park

A sunny day in Klyde Warren Park.

Bistro Chairs in Klyde Warren Park

There are brightly colored bistro chairs all over the park.

Klyde Warren Park Sidewalk

A meandering sidewalk.

A Yoga Class in Klyde Warren Park

A yoga class on the lawn.

Playground

Arched Gate in Klyde Warren Park

This elaborate archway serves as the entrance to the playground.

Klyde Warren Park Playground

I wish this playground was around when I was a kid.

Yarn Bomb

Crocheted Tree

There was a grove of trees covered with crochet.

Crocheted Owl in a Tree

Of all the crocheted art in the park, this owl was my favorite.

Things To Do

Klyde Warren Park Outdoor Library

Even though it’s an outdoor park, it still has books and magazines to read.

Klyde Warren Park Main Stage

I’m looking forward to concerts and shows on this stage.

Klyde Warren Park Pergola

This pergola provides some nice shade on hot Texas days.

Klyde Warren Park Ping Pong Table

A ping pong table, or as we called it in college, a beer pong table.

I’ve been to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, and I’ve noticed similar crowds there. I think that putting our freeways underground makes a lot of sense. In many dense foreign cities, there are lots of little parks and plazas for people to enjoy. I think there’s an innate human need for a community space, and the Klyde Warren Park is a big step in the right direction.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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  1. March 1, 2014

    […] decade or so, as a concerted effort to bring culture and art to the city. Recently, after going to Klyde Warren Park for a food truck lunch with my friends, I walked through the Dallas Arts District and snapped these […]

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  3. May 29, 2015

    […] likes to build parks in new and interesting places. A few years ago the city built the popular Klyde Warren Park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Then in 2014, the city built a park atop the old Continental Bridge, […]

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