From the moment the Park opened in 2012, we have welcomed more guests than we ever thought possible, representing every neighborhood in Dallas and beyond, and international visitors from around the world.
And after years of watching and learning, we know that you can never have enough water features or places for children and dogs to play. Therefore, we are undertaking an ambitious project to make three important enhancements to the Park:
• The space closest to Pearl Street will be transformed into an iconic water fountain that will beckon children to play during the day, and it will light up the sky at night with shows that delight guests in much the same way the Eiffel Tower show welcomes visitors to Paris.
• One of the most visited places in the Park, the Children’s Park, is going to be expanded and enhanced including a new water feature, climbing wall, and a family picnic area. This will give our youngest visitors even more room to learn, explore, imagine, and play.
• My Best Friend’s Park, a beloved amenity for all Dallas dogs and their owners, is being relocated across the street to a bigger and shadier space that is sure to make tails wag.
Additionally, we will be expanding 1.7 acres to the west (toward Field Street) covering the last recessed part of Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
An award-winning glass and steel jewel box will be suspended over the freeway between St. Paul and Akard. The iconic building consists of 24,000 square feet of climate controlled reception and event space on two levels, and a 8,000 square foot roof terrace.
And west of Akard, you will find The Jacobs Lawn, a 37,000 multi-use venue that will provide space for the kind of festivals and markets that help define a city. During the winter months, it will be transformed into an ice skating rink under the stars, and we’ve got special plans for the rest of the year too.
The engineering and design process is underway in collaboration with HKS, Gensler and Jacobs. And we are grateful for our public partners as well, including the City of Dallas, TxDOT, and North Central Texas Council of Governments.
We hope to begin construction in late 2021. It will take approximately 18 months to build the decks over the freeway and then another 18-24 months to complete the amenities on top.