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Klyde Warren Park President Mark Banta Resigns

DALLAS (January 25, 2013)—The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation announced today that Mark Banta, who has served as the park’s president for the last eleven months, has decided to step down effective March 1.  In his role as president, Banta was responsible for overseeing the successful park grand opening, construction completion, and the beginning of daily operations.

“Many have contributed to the launch of Klyde Warren Park, but Mark’s expertise and leadership during the last year have been invaluable,” said Jody Grant, chairman of the board of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. “Mark’s official mantra of ‘clean, safe and active’ will always be a part of how we run the park.”

“Most people get one opportunity to be a part of a game-changing project like Klyde Warren Park.  Including my tenure at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, I have had two.   I am so proud to have helped contribute to the final project and to the public response Klyde Warren Park has received,” said Banta. “Special thanks to the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation for the opportunity to play a small part in this amazing project.”

Banta plans to continue consulting on additional new urban park renewal projects and other greenspace initiatives. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will be conducting a search for a new president in the coming months. In the interim, Chairman Jody Grant will spend more time with the day-to-day affairs of the Park and VP for Business Affairs Celia Barshop will manage the office.

About Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park serves 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, creates an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in Downtown Dallas. The park includes 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.

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