From High Atop Hunt Oil, A Look at The Park Over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Which Is Now $9 Million Closer to Being Paid Off
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|Mayor Tom Leppert looks out at construction of The Park moments before stepping in for what may be his last big photo op as mayor.|
With half the city council seated up front, along with Ray Hunt and a few of The Park's latest big donors, Leppert said the cap on Woodall Rodgers isn't just another place to take a walk downtown -- it's "a strategic element of what we're trying to accomplish in Dallas," he said. "It's going to transform Dallas, yes, today, but it's going to transform it for generations to come."
The occasion for today's get-together at Hunt Oil HQ was, of course, the latest series of big donations, amounting to more than $8.5 million, which will go toward naming the restaurant pavilion and a gazebo in the children's park.
Linda Hart, who, along with her husband Mitch, donated for the naming rights to a plaza and a pedestrian boulevard, called the park "the most seminal event to hit the city since Woodall Rodgers Freeway itself was put in."
|Leppert recalls the children's reaction momets earlier, as he described what'll be in the park when it's done: "Oh wow!"|
As part of the ceremony, kindergarteners from Uplift Education's downtown charter school Laureate Prep recited their pledge and presented donors with framed art.
|Leppert joins kids from Laureate Prep at the window.|
|Woodall Rodgers Foundation chairman Jody Grant imagines a greener tomorrow in downtown Dallas.|
|A view of The Park from 14 stories.|