Hero and Katie Venegas at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Hero and Katie Venegas at Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

If you didn't get outside Sunday, you missed it. It was a gorgeous February afternoon in Dallas, Texas. The high was near 70 degrees without a cloud in sight. Katie, Hero and I had brunch at Company Cafe on Greenville Avenue and then we explored Klyde Warren Park.


For those that don't know, Klyde Warren Park is the new 5.2-acre greenspace built over Woodall Rogers Freeway. It connects Downtown Dallas and Uptown and features a dog park, children's park, food trucks, croquet, ping pong tables, putting green, and reading materials and board games (chess, checkers, Scrabble, etc.) for check out. And don't forget the free Wi-Fi access. According to its website, the $110 million project was funded through a public-private partnership. Public support included $20 million in bond funds from the City of Dallas, $20 million in highway funds from the state and $16.7 million in stimulus funds. The balance of funding is through individual donors directly to the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. I don't know about you, but anytime public funding is involved I'm a little bit leery. However, after our visit all I have to say is that Klyde Warren Park is A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

Jane's Lane at Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Texas.

I was blown away by the sheer number of people using the space. There were families with small children walking down Jane's Lane, young couples with dogs in the dog park, retired people reading, groups of friends hanging out listening to music and so many other people just enjoying the surreal weather. Really, the only drag is the parking which is in short supply.

Being at the Klyde Warren Park got me thinking. Why don't we do this more often? I know we all have meetings, deadlines, budget reports and responsibilities, but we need to throw off the shackles that keep us locked in a prison of mounting stress and unreasonable schedules. As individuals we need to unplug every once in a while. We need to take a deep breath, relax and recharge our creative spirits.

I've made up my mind. I'm doing this more often. So here's to my first visit to Klyde Warren Park. I know it won't be my last.