Earth Day Dallas 2013: The fun way to learn how to go Green

Posted by    |    April 9th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

earth day dallas 2013 Are you ready to Go Green? Yes? Then mark your calendar for April 20th and 21st because Earth Day Dallas, held this year in Fair Park, is ready to show you how.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than learning how to live eco-friendly with fun hands-on activities and performances from Dallas’ Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico and many others. The Festival will be filled with hundreds of exhibitors sharing colorful displays, innovative products, scientific apparatuses, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities for the whole family.

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Main Street Garden Mudbug Bash 3.30.13

Posted by    |    March 13th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

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Remember those crawfish boil parties from college? Did you just shed a tear? Relive the glory days in a completely acceptable (and probably nicer) setting. Join Downtown Dallas, Inc., 105.3 The Fan and 100.3 Jack FM for the inaugural Main Street Mudbug Bash is Saturday, March 30th from 2pm – 8pm at Main Street Garden in Main Street Garden.

The family friendly celebration of all things DFW includes 4,000 pounds of crawfish, Live Music from The O’s, Jay-B & the Zydeco Posse and DJ Moxie, Crawfish Races, all the BIG March Basketball Games, and lots of beer.

Tickets are $20. For more information, head to mudbugbash.eventbrite.com.

Klyde Warren Park Gets Icy This November

Posted by    |    February 6th, 2013 at 10:29 am

Dallas may be ready to leave the cold in the past, but the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation is already focusing on puffy coat season. Klyde-Warren-Park-Aerial-View-2

With the help of Norma Green, ex-Dallas Stars owner, and the hockey club, the foundation hopes to put an ice rink in Klyde Warren Park next fall. This was confirmed yesterday afternoon by Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. The 50-by-100-foot ice rink will open in November 2013 and close around early February 2014.

The plan is to keep up park attendance when things start getting chilly. Dallasites aren’t known for their tolerance of low temperatures. Ice skating amidst Dallas’ Uptown and Downtown skyline will hopefully help draw people out of hibernation mode, and maybe get a few more kids interested in taking up hockey.

(photos courtesy of Aerial Photography, Inc.)

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Ditch Lunch at Your Desk for a Walk to the Park

Posted by    |    November 27th, 2012 at 11:40 am

klyde warren parkDitch the Lean Cuisine this Friday in lieu of a walk in the park, Klyde Warren Park. In order to mobilize Downtown Dallas, downtown employers are encouraging their employees to take a long lunch and walk together to enjoy the new urban park on Friday, November 30th.

Bask in the glow of Dallas’ newest pride and joy and enjoy tons of free activities. Partake in a little Mah Jong, Croquet, or Ping Pong or work off your luncheon calories with Bikram Yoga or a Fitness Happy Hour. Take your pick from the food trucks that will line the park as you jam out to a free concert presented by Guide Live featuring King Bucks and Larry g(EE).

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Main Street Garden Creates Urban Oasis

Posted by    |    June 6th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

When the midday sun beats down upon Downtown, those searching for some respite from the unrelenting heat need look no further than the Main Street Garden. Sandwiched between Main, Harwood, Commerce and St. Paul streets, the park was constructed as part of Downtown Dallas Inc.’s efforts to bring about a renaissance of the Metroplex’s urban core. Their goal is to make Downtown a place where people can both work and live, and doing so requires bringing more people into the neighborhood outside of the normal business hours.

The Main Street Garden is highly conducive to their aspirations. The large open grass space in the middle is great for public gatherings and performances and there is a dog run for urban pet owners to give their canines some much-needed exercise. Those worried about being off the grid for too long need worry not: there are numerous WiFi hotspots for you to connect to, allowing anyone to take their work outside for a while.

The only thing the park seems to be missing is people. When I walked by on a Tuesday morning a little before lunchtime, the park was almost entirely devoid of life. People of Downtown, come out from your artificially lit offices and enjoy some fresh air in this urban oasis!

Belo Gardens: The Wall of Spite

Posted by    |    May 8th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

The  formal opening of the Belo Gardens is May 10th.  The park is coming together and there are many elements of this park to like.  There is an one element that is not so popular, and Urban Planner Patrick Kennedy wrote this article about the 12 foot high, 60 foot yard-long “wall of spite”, that was constructed to separate the gardens from the Metropolitan Building.  We wrote our own article about this very topic last year.

Kennedy is a good writer, so we lifted this paragraph from his article, “Urbanism is about agglomerating compatible projects so that the value of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Think of a jigsaw puzzle. Any two pieces have a relationship. Everything has its place. The closer the pieces, the stronger that relationship must be.”  Kennedy goes on to say that walls are antithetical to good urban design.  Based on our own observation of this particular wall, we have to agree with Kennedy.

Belo Garden’s sponsors’ hope is that “Belo Garden will inspire others to contribute to help bring the rest of the Downtown Parks Master Plan to life” and that the gardens will provide “an urban oasis for Downtown Dallas residents, employees, visitors and students, and will stimulate economic development by creating in-demand views for nearby buildings.”  We hope so, but we will think about what might have been if UCR and Jack Gosnell could have leased spaces on the Metropolitan Building’s first floor to restaurants that could have designed their space to maximize the park’s amenities.

We give Belo high marks for developing the park and low marks for constructing the wall.  For now, we look to a great leader and eloquent orator who many years ago, implored the Soviets to “tear down this wall!”.   Perhaps, even at this late date, it would be wise to reconsider a bad idea and an impediment to proper urban planning.