Clearing the Air About the New Tunnel Beneath the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park

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The Woodall Rodgers Deck Park is still a good year from opening; as you can see in the construction-cam screengrab of moments ago, there are still 64 concrete crossbeams in need of installation, and that won't happen till October. Crews will spend the summer waterproofing, and fireproofing, the deck. The Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Foundation says about 40 percent of that work's complete.

In the meantime, Chad Sour, who's handling PR for the park, answers a question many Friends of Unfair Park ask every time we bring up the deck park: How will they clear the air in the tunnel being created where once there was a canyon? "In October, workers will complete the installation of 32 jet fans that will be monitored and controlled by computers at all times to protect air quality," he says via email. I called for further clarification, and he said they'll be similar to what's in place in the Addison Airport Toll Tunnel.

"Because if there's a fire in the tunnel, they need to get smoke out of there fast, or if there's a carbon monoxide warning, they'll be triggered," he says. "Computers will constantly monitor the air quality, and if they need to clean the air, they'll turn on."

Meanwhile, Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Foundation President Linda Owen says, in a release, that come fall it'll start to look like a park, swear: "Soon we'll see the arrival of trees and plants, lawns and trellis, and it will be unmistakably clear what a transformational space our community has created." I left her a message for more precise time lines. But, in short: Patience, people.

Update at 1:16 p.m.: Says Owen, "'Soon' is a relative term when you've been working on this as long as I have." She laughs. But she says "we'll start seeing trees along the edges of the park this fall. We'll wait for the weather to improve, but I hope by October, November we'll see some trees installations across the edges. Pretty soon, and on the west end. But we're not quite there yet." And the reason they haven't installed the rest of the beams: They're still lighting up the tunnel, in addition to installing the fans.
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CNI
CNI

a waste of money !

downtowndallas
downtowndallas

A great place to shade the "bums" that will frequent the park.  Might as well make it comfortable for them. Once 100 homeless take over, nobody else will want to go there.  Will Dallas leaders ever figure out that you can't bandaid a problem. Sometimes you have to take a tough love approach that requires fixing things and not igoring.  Until that comes, Dallas downtown will never really be successful.

RTGolden
RTGolden

Are they putting the Jets fans in the tunnel so they can't support New York walloping the Cowboys this fall?  Are the Jets fans willing volunteers in this or have they been coerced?  Where did they find 32 Jets fans in Dallas anyway?

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

Fans schmans, will they also light the tunnel so we're not driving into darkness during the day?  Or will they just leave those signs saying "turn on YOUR lights" ???

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Aren't they still short 20-25% of the funds needed? I'm still wondering where that money is coming from? Great Recession and all, you know.

"32 jet fans that will be monitored and controlled by computers at all times to protect air quality"

If the city doesn't have money to run the fountains in it's parks, where's the money to pay for the maintenance, repair, and eventual replacement of these fans.  Given Dallas' record on capital maintenance (it prefers the novel concept of "nada") I doubt that  a city that can't fix it's roads will do a better job with "32 jet fans".

Gotta go now to pick up my "Mr. Negativity" Award from the North Texas Chapter of the International Brotherhood of  Misanthropes.Bye

LaceyB
LaceyB

nothing like the thought of relaxing at a park with big ass fans blowing exhaust fumes from a freeway at you. Ahhh cough cough cough.

Michael MacNaughton
Michael MacNaughton

Nice park for the Museum Tower folks. As a bennie for those living in the $1,000psf, $1M condos (financed by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension fund) it will be better window dressing that a view of the freeway canyon. Can't imagine many others will use it.

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

This park is a nice addition to this city. However, it amazes me how much money we spent on an artificial park, when we could have had a natural kick-arse park close by.This is Dallas I guess. We like to hide natural environments like rivers, creeks, forests...we like our "plastic" parks.

Jay
Jay

Michael nailed it in his comment below. Its not intended so much as a people park, as it is window dressing (road cap?) for the Arts District. Can you imagine how much "real park" could have been created with $100,000,000? 

ChuckE
ChuckE

"Computers will constantly monitor the air quality, and if they need to clean the air, they'll turn on."Are these the same computers the city and county use to keep track of bail bonds owed, etc., etc.?

scottindallas
scottindallas

"Because if there's a fire in the tunnel, they need to get smoke out of there fast,"

And, we all know that nothing puts out a fire like a fan or bellows.  BTW, how exactly does Concrete burn, seems it's pretty flame proof as is. 

Jay
Jay

It is, but the reinforcement bars inside the concrete will heat, expand and fracture the concrete from inside. Throw in a few freeze-thaw cycles, and the the structure will start looking like.....most of Detroit.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Truly curious about how the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will address the vagrants who will no doubt want to hang there. Seems like since the whole Angela Hunt "bums" story, they simply started hanging out at Pegasus Plaza. Which is pretty much what will happen over and over and over again: they get "shooed" from one park and will just hang out somewhere else until they get shooed again.

TJ
TJ

You mean the vagrants are BACK hanging out at Pegasus Plaza. It was vagrant-central before Main Street Garden came online.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Well, at least now we have nice chairs for them to sit on.

El Rey
El Rey

Let's wait until late Fall to plant those trees, plants, and lawns. With this drought and oppressive heat, I would hate to have to pay for that foliage twice.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

I noted the city planting new foliage on Central Exp in the 100+ heat.  Foliage that has been dead for over 10 years. This in a tight budget shortfall.   Oh well it’s only tax dollars (Dallas Observer Article back in the winter about $300,000.00 city funds being wasted). 

Harvey
Harvey

Impressed someone finally decided to do a construction project and WAIT on planting until the proper season.  Doing otherwise is what happens when they don't plan, or let engineers plan, the project.  I'd be shooting for November or later. Forget gratifying the Hunt Co.'s window views.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Mid September is as good a time to plant as any.  The heat has passed by then and Sept. allows the maximum amount of time before the next stressful season, Summer.  Very few trees will be affected by even an extraordinary Winter, it's Summer that we need to focus on.

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