Carpenter Park, designed by the award-winning Hargreaves Jones, will be the largest park in the downtown core. Technically, it’s a renovation of Carpenter Plaza — an expansion from its current size that will encompass a host of features and amenities including a small dog park, a children’s play area, bocce courts and interactive fountain.
The park will be home to two pieces of world-class art. Robert Irwin, one of America’s pre-eminent modern sculptors, has re-imagined his seminal work Portal Park Slice. Robert Berks’ statue of John W. Carpenter, Sr., will also be on display for park visitors to enjoy. The Carpenter family has pledged $3 million toward the renovation of the park. The Decherd Foundation is also an integral part of the project, having paid for the initial schematic design of this park.
This 5.6-acre park will connect Downtown with East Dallas for the first time in decades. The site’s proximity to the Sheraton Dallas Hotel and the renovated, historic Dallas High School brings city residents and visitors together in new and exciting ways. Park construction is estimated to start in 2020 in coordination with the re-alignment of Pearl Street that the City of Dallas is undertaking.