A walk in the park

Sun comes up, crowds come out for grand opening at Klyde Warren Park


Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park, dog park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park, chess
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
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Klyde Warren Park
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Klyde Warren Park, Relish
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Klyde Warren Park, Trombone Shorty
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Klyde Warren Park, Polyphonic Spree
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Klyde Warren Park opening weekend concert
Photo by Jerry McClure
Klyde Warren Park
Photo by Jerry McClure

Klyde Warren Park, the long-awaited green addition to the Dallas landscape, held its grand opening October 27-28. The cooler temperatures didn't keep the crowds away, as more than 44,000 people turned out to walk the grounds, watch the shows and relish the wide, open space.

The afternoons on Saturday and Sunday warmed up to the mid-60s, allowing visitors to lounge in the grass and catch a few rays.

The festivities gave many people their first opportunity to lay eyes on the park's namesake, 10-year-old Klyde Warren, pictured here flanked by his parents, Kelcy and Amy Warren, and Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation board members Sheila and Jody Grant.

They didn't quite match the number of humans, but dogs came out too, to enjoy the green space inside the dog park on the east side of the facility.

The festival atmosphere of grand opening weekend led people to walk every which way. But, on a normal day, Jane's Lane provides a nice tree-lined walkway to get some exercise or just stroll and reflect.

One of the park's greatest assets is its view of the surrounding Dallas skyline. You get glimpses of the Meyerson Symphony Center, Winspear Opera House and One Arts Plaza.

The Children's Park is also a big draw, as it contains multiple fun interactive pieces, including a bonafide tree house letting kids — and accompanying adults — get a higher view of the park.

The view of the park from aforementioned tree-house perch.

Klyde Warren Park offers an array of games, such as chess, checkers, ping pong, croquet and petanque.

Multiple dignitaries were on hand for the ribbon cutting Saturday morning, including Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation board member Sheila Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation board Jody Grant, Klyde Warren himself and Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation board member Ed Fjordbak.

Seeing as how it's positioned = next to the Dallas Arts District, creative exploits were a big part of the grand opening festivities. Here, local artist JD Miller puts on a live painting demonstration.

There are some aspects of Klyde Warren Park still under construction. The park's restaurant, Savor, is expected to be finished by mid-2013, but Relish, its companion kiosk, is already up-and-running. John Gleemer, Anna O'Neal, Jill Scigliano and Joe Scigliano helped staff the kiosk on Saturday.

The Concert for Dallas was the first major concert held at the park. Opening act Trombone Shorty gave it his all.

Headliners The Polyphonic Spree delivered their usual ethereal brand of pop music.

More than 6,000 highly appreciative fans turned out for The Concert for Dallas.

Fireworks launched from atop the Dallas Museum of Art and other surrounding buildings gave a fitting ending to the first day of grand opening weekend.