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Chase to Title Sponsor Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Celebration

DALLAS (September 4, 2012) – North Texans will celebrate the grand opening of Dallas’ new “front lawn” with a free two-day celebration made possible in part by Chase. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation today announced that the financial institution has signed on as title sponsor of Klyde Warren Park Grand Opening Celebration, slated for Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. 

“Klyde Warren Park is taking shape as a beautiful oasis right in the heart of Dallas,” said Elaine Agather, Chairman of Chase in Dallas. “Together, we are creating something lasting that future generations will enjoy with their children and grandchildren.”

In February 2010, Chase donated $3 million for the park’s construction, becoming one of the key donors in the final phase of the project’s capital campaign. Chase has 15,000 employees and 242 branches in North Texas.

Said Jody Grant, Chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation: “Chase stepped up during our capital campaign and showed an incredible commitment to making the Park a reality. They have been wonderful partners, very interested in supporting our ongoing programs. They were also very excited to be involved with the grand opening. Their underwriting, as well as the financial commitment of all our opening weekend sponsors, will help us stage an event that allows thousands the opportunity to participate in the historic opening of this wonderful new urban retreat.”

Highlights of the two-day Grand Opening festival, which will spread across the Park’s 5.2 acres and adjacent Arts District, include a dedication ceremony, an outdoor performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a Saturday evening concert on the Great Lawn’s Muse Family Performance Pavilion and sneak peeks at the Park’s on-going programming. The opening will coincide with the final weekend of Art in October, the annual celebration of the Arts District. 

Film actor and Dallas native Owen Wilson serves as the event’s Honorary Chair.

Further event details, including entertainment schedule, how to obtain free tickets for Saturday night’s “Concert for Dallas” and parking instructions will be announced in September.

Additional Grand Opening sponsors include: Fossil, Oncor, Sheila and Jody Grant, Museum Tower, Texas Capital Bank, Tenet Healthcare/Melissa and Trevor Fetter, Hunt Consolidated, Nancy and Randy Best, TXU Energy, Ernst & Young LLP, 2000 McKinney, Albertsons, Boardwalk Auto Group, Carlson Capital, LP, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Coca-Cola Refreshments, Ducky Bob’s Event Specialists, GoVision, Hall Wines, Ben E. Keith Co., Kirtland Records, Potbelly Sandwich Shops, Republic National Distributing Co., Todd Events and DJ Lucy Wrubel. 

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About Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park will serve as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre deck park, designed by the Office of James Burnett, will create an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in Downtown Dallas. Plans include a performance pavilion, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children's park, great lawn, water features, and an area for games providing year round activities to all citizens of Dallas. For more information on volunteering or donations, please visit or call 214-716-4500.