Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer for Inhabitat
At just over 5 acres, Klyde Warren Park isn’t a big park — it spans just two city blocks. It’s big enough to make an impression, and to help Dallas transition away from car culture (yeah, right) and to promote walkability. But when it comes to urban parks, size isn’t the only thing that matters; it’s what you do with the space that’s important. And that’s what impresses the most about landscape architect James Burnett‘s work: the park makes great use of its meager acreage, layering a wide variety of spaces and amenities into the dynamic park.
Above all, Klyde Warren Park is a space that’s meant to be used. A low-volume street bisects the park, and a stage sits on the larger half (on the western side) of the park. After Saturday’s ribbon-cutting, a rock concert was held on the stage, showing the park’s value as an open-air concert venue. Just north of the stage a restaurant is currently under construction, which is expected to open in summer 2013. The northwest corner of the park contains a soft-surface children’s play area with a couple of water features and climbing apparatuses. The park’s other side features a games courtyard with ping pong tables, a putting green, and a lawn for croquet. The north and south sides of the park are lined with trees — mostly oak and elm — and slender white archways that look like miniature versions of St Louis’ Gateway Arch (or a McDonald’s arch, if you prefer).