Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Hours: 6am–11pm daily
Parking: On-street parking will be available around the park with additional parking in The Dallas Arts District and Uptown.
If you’ve cheered on a football game from inside the colossal Dallas Cowboys Stadium or gazed across the Dallas skyline from a seat on the Texas Star, the tallest Ferris wheel in North America, then you’ve experienced a few of DFW’s iconic spots for entertainment. Now the newest place to be in Dallas is Klyde Warren Park, the 5.2-acre deck park that’s been built right on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, the eight-lane recessed freeway that runs through the heart of Dallas.
If the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation designed the park with families in mind, you could say that it had children on its frontal lobe. The 15,000-square-foot children’s park has a storytelling deck built around a live oak tree with a staircase that spirals up to a crow’s nest; an elliptical sand play area; a separate playground just for toddlers; and a water feature that simulates a metamorphosing caterpillar. Even the park’s namesake, Klyde Warren, happens to be the 9-year-old son of benefactor and Dallas pipeline executive Kelcy Warren.
The multimillion-dollar park creates a green “front lawn,” putting Dallas on a level playing field with deck parks in major cities such as New York, Phoenix and Seattle, and its unique location and extensive activities make it like none other in the region. You won’t find swing sets or basketball courts here but a performance pavilion for music and dance concerts, a botanical garden and the Great Lawn, an open space for fitness classes, picnicking and general romping. A restaurant will open late next summer, and the park extends across Olive Street to its East Lawn, which has a fenced dog park and a game area for croquet, ping-pong and even pétanque (lawn bowling). The foundation, which operates the park, promises four to five free activities every day of the week provided by more than 30 partner organizations; think live painting demonstrations, lawn games and film screenings.
The real kicker for the park is its close proximity to Uptown and the Dallas Arts District’s museums and performance halls. Walk just a few blocks to the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, The Crow Collection of Asian Art and the soon-to-open Perot Museum of Nature and Science for an entire day in downtown Dallas, creating a whole new destination for families.