With its skyscrapers and narrow sidewalks, downtown Dallas is not exactly a lush paradise. And with our intolerably long summers that last until at least October, it sometimes feels like a ghost town as we all but abscond to the air-conditioning on any given day. But our way of life may be about to change.

Because soon you’ll be able to play pétanque (boccie ball) or catch a concert in a space that will attract area residents and transform their relationship with the outdoors.

At the 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park--which will be unveiled with a slew of grand-opening festivities this weekend--free programming is paramount. The deck park atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway will feature ongoing activities from early morning to late at night, whether it's tai chi at the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn or chess games and author readings at the Reading and Games Courtyard.

Modeled after New York’s Bryant Park, our park will bridge downtown to Uptown in a way Dallasites have never seen. No more crossing dicey overpasses for us. Within this haven of greenery, there are protective and idyllic elements, like a children’s park that requires all adults to be accompanied by children.

And the park’s 65-foot-long Butterfly Fountain is sure to become an iconic summertime dunking spot.

Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway; 214-716-4500 or klydewarrenpark.org

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