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Dallas Puts a park over a freeway

by Virginia Raleigh

Check out this exerpt from the Austin American Statesmanit features the Park.

Downtown Dallas gets its green on.

A park over a freeway? I'll admit I've had trouble visualizing this, but Dallas is already tossing dirt to make it happen. The city is building a 5.2-acre park over the top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, the short spur that connects Interstate 35 with U.S. 75 (Central Expressway). When the park is completed in 2012, the freeway will be in a short tunnel beneath a park with a performance pavilion, restaurant, jogging trails, a dog park, a children's playground, a water sculpture and an area for games. That's a lot to cram onto 5 acres. (Houston's downtown Discovery Green, by comparison, is 12 acres.) But it's going to be a wee bit o' green in Dallas, and we can't help but applaud that. City planners conceive the park as a way to connect Uptown and Downtown and provide a place for people to stroll. Check out the plan at www.theparkdallas.org.

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