Parks for Downtown Dallas is excited to add four new parks to our city’s urban landscape in the next 10 years. We have a deep-seated belief in the benefits parks can provide and a commitment to share these advantages with Dallas citizens and visitors.
Carpenter Park, designed by the award-winning Hargreaves Associates, is set to debut first, and it will be the largest park in downtown. Technically, it’s a renovation of Carpenter Plaza — an expansion from its current size that will encompass a host of features and amenities.
There will be space for food trucks, a park must-have that encourages folks to stay and relax while also attracting local foodies, who track these mobile restaurants. But ample green space and outdoor dining don’t even begin to cover what Carpenter Park will have to offer when it opens.
A dog park will give four-legged friends an area to run and play. Per recent public input, a more sizable skate park will be a boon to those who sail around on four wheels. There will also be room for bocce ball, as well as a seating area and more green space along Pacific Avenue.
People-watching will be plentiful, but other visitors won’t be the only thing to see. The park is also home to two pieces of world-class art. Robert Irwin, one of America’s pre-eminent modern sculptors, will re-imagine his seminal work Portal Park Piece (Slice). Robert Berks’ statue of John W. Carpenter, Sr., will also be on display for all to enjoy.
The Carpenter family has pledged $3 million toward the renovation of the park, contingent on the city matching funds. The Decherd Foundation is also an integral part of the project, having invested money and support.
This 8.8-acre park will connect downtown with near East Dallas for the first time in decades, helping to bring city residents together in new and exciting ways.
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