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Dallas park wins prestigious ULI award

Klyde Warren Park spans a highway to create a central gathering spot in a city known for skyscrapers and sprawl. (Christopher Swope)

Think iconic American urban parks, and green pastures such as New York’s famed Central Park, Chicago’s Grant Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, along with the storied Boston Common, come to mind. Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is vying to be on the list.

The Urban Land Institute announced Tuesday that the Dallas park, which celebrates its second anniversary this week, is the winner of its prestigious Urban Open Space Award. The prize recognizes public spaces that enrich and revitalize communities.

The 5.2 acre Dallas park bridges the city’s Uptown neighborhood with the downtown by sitting atop a decked-over section of downtown freeway. Distinctive features include free Wi-Fi, ping pong and foosball tables, designated areas for reading and games and a performance pavilion.

M. Leanne Lachman, Chair of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence Jury, said the park “demonstrates that a long-term vision and commitment are critical to foster a sense of place and community.” The honor was announced at the ULI’s fall meeting in New York City. The recognition includes a cash prize of $10,000. The other four finalists were parks in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

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