For the past several years, we’ve known it as the Woodall Rodgers deck park. Now, the 5.2-acre public green space between Pearl and St. Paul has a name — Klyde Warren Park.
It was named after Kelcy Warren’s 9-year-old son. Preston Hollow resident Kelcy Warren is CEO of the Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, and he’s a big supporter of the arts. He paid “undisclosed millions” for the name, the Dallas Morning News reported. According to a press release, his musical taste will be shown through future programming at the park, which includes music festivals, student performances, jam sessions and concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
“Kelcy Warren has given the citizens of Dallas and its visitors a tremendous gift where people can come together to enjoy our city and create traditions,” said Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board. “A father naming the park after his son sends a strong message that this park will be a green oasis for all children to play, dream and learn. We are honored to enter into this partnership with Kelcy and his family.”
Construction on the park began in October 2009 and is expected to be complete by fall of 2012, promoting connectivity to Downtown Uptown and the Arts District via a trolley, cycling and walking. Plans include a performance stage, dog park, children’s area, a restaurant and water features.
The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation has raised almost $110 million in pubic and private funding for the park.
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