- Courtney Dabney

Ready for Klyde Warren 2.0? The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation (WRPF) and VisitDallas unveiled their plans to complete their original vision of Klyde Warren Park — and it means some new space and a tech-friendly hub.

The current 5.2-acre park that sits atop Woodall Rodgers Freeway, connecting the Dallas Arts District with Uptown magnets like Victory Park, rang in at $110 million, when it opened in October 2012.

Now an additional 1.5 acres, located just west of St. Paul Street, will complete the project. The estimated $100 million new project adds a three-story, enclosed pavilion that will house the state-of-the-art VisitDallas Experience Center ― a Visitor Center that will be unlike any other in the United States with interactive technology that tells the Dallas story.

Design and construction of Klyde Warren Park 2.0 is scheduled to begin in winter 2021, with completion anticipated as early as 2024.

“This project fulfills the vision we outlined when we began talking about decking over Woodall Rodgers a decade ago and it is the next step in improving the connectivity of the Park and the Arts District with the West End, Victory Park, and the Perot Museum,” says Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

The pavilion will increase functionality at the park and will become the backdrop for many events and family memories for years to come. The striking VisitDallas Experience Center will serve as concierge to the city ― a place for locals and visitor alike, to pick up a jersey or VIP tickets to one the area’s sports teams or last-minute deals on theater seats. It will also highlight the many festivals and events happening in the city each weekend, and will change seasonally.

“The VisitDallas Experience Center will add to the allure of downtown, and the pavilion will be a multi-use facility that will allow the Park to offer an indoor venue for special event rentals and point of purchase opportunities,” Grant says.

The expansion will include additional green spaces and public gathering spots, and allow the privately-operated park to expand the more than 1,300 free programs and events it already provides annually.