More on Belo Gardens & soon to be opened Woodall Rodgers Deck Park (a/k/a Klyde Warren Park — a name that is unlikely to ever stick)
A city’s identity generally corresponds with those things that the city and its residents cherish. For years, green space in the midst of valuable downtown real estate was not on Dallas’ priority list.
No, Dallas preferred to be known as a city of commerce, one that celebrated fancy new skyscrapers and glitz. Putting parks in the midst of all that was at best an afterthought — if not real estate sacrilege.
Thank goodness that kind of thinking has changed, with the most recent example being Belo Garden, which opened earlier this month as the almost two-acre second leg of a planned network of downtown parks. First on the scene was the 1.7-acre Main Street Garden in 2009. Coming in the fall will be the Klyde Warren Park, an engineering marvel on a deck over Woodall Rodgers Freeway.