Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation/Mayor Leppert announce Deck Park Timeline
Mayor Tom Leppert
On Thursday, Mayor Tom Leppert and Councilwoman Angela Hunt participated in a press conference with the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. They released the timeline for construction of a deck park that will cover a portion of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and connect Downtown Dallas and the Arts District with Uptown.
The timeline released is as follows:
June 15 TXDOT will advertise project bid
July 9 Woodall Rodgers Park construction contract awarded
mid Aug. Groundbreaking by contractor
early Sept. Ceremonial groundbreaking
Fall 2011 Park Completion
2012 Completion of Amenities
Mayor Leppert made sure he acknowledged Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for her support of the project. “She has worked quietly,” the mayor said, “but I can tell you (she) was very determined to make this happen.”
Larry Taylor – Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Office
Congresswoman Johnson helped secure $16.7 million in federal transportation enhancement funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Congresswoman Johnson was the only member of Congress from North Texas to vote for the stimulus package.
The 5.2 acre park will create an urban green space in downtown Dallas and include jogging trails, a dog park, playground, restaurant, performance pavillion, water sculpture and game area. The mayor and others hope the deck park will rival New York’s Bryant Park and Chicago’s Millennium Park.
Looking east over park towards Meyerson and Winspear Opera House
Dallas Museum of Art & Nasher Scupture Center with Woodall Rodgers Park
Heading west on Woodall Rodgers under the deck park