One of the coolest places I visited in Dallas was probably Klyde Warren Park. It's all there. The big green where I saw a father and son tossing a Frisbee. Kids and moms frolicking in a splash zone. People browsing magazines and newspapers off the rack in the free reading area. Movable bistro seating. Shade trees. A cafe.
I don’t know the history, but it looks like the park is a “cap” over a highway that cuts through the city near the Dallas Museum of Art and The Nasher Sculpture Center (also a must see).
Ohioans may be familiar with highway caps from ODOT's work capping the I-670 in Columbus, creating a land bridge that was developed into a stretch of shops between Ohio State University and downtown.
When I met recently with Campus District Executive Director Bobbi Reichtell, she explained an effort to get ODOT to agree to cap over a section of the Cleveland Innerbelt near East 22nd Street. Making a land bridge into something inviting like Klyde Warren Park could really do wonders to repair the damage that the Innerbelt did when it was built through the Central neighborhood in the 1950s.
A nice park at E. 22nd and Central Avenue could serve as both a multi-dimensional community gathering spot, a traffic calming device and a much needed link between two vital areas of downtown Cleveland. Central is very isolated because of where the highway created a dead zone. Klyde Warren Park is an example of innovative “city repair”—an example that Cleveland would love to have.