It's Been a While Since Our Last Deck Park Update. But, Many To Come in Coming Days.

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The Learning Tree in the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, as seen in the virtual fly-through
There was a small wingding at Dallas City Hall this afternoon at which it was announced that the Rotary Club of Dallas is kicking in $500,000 for the under-construction Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. For its donation, the Rotary International logo will be etched into the so-called Learning Tree Deck in the 15,000-square foot Children's Garden near St. Paul (No. 2 on the site plan). And with today's announcement, says Park spokesperson Joanna Singleton, the foundation is now a little bit closer to raising the $110 million needed for the entirety of the park's amenities and three years' worth of operations and maintenance. There remains a $16-million gap.

But sooner than later, the construction site will begin to look more like a park: The final batch of beams will be installed at 5 a.m. Sunday, meaning the Woodall Rodgers canyon running beneath the park will finally be fully covered. And within the next three, four weeks, says Singleton, the first batch of trees will be put into place, their arrival heralded with no small amount of fanfare; do stay tuned. "And we should see dirt within the same time frame," she says, "maybe even sooner than that."

Following that, she says, "We should have a good solid handful of announcements over the next two months," everything from construction updates to donation tallies to "restaurant news on the horizon -- kind of the distant horizon, but the horizon." And come January, she adds, there should be an announcement made concerning some of the first events scheduled to take place when the park opens sometime in the fall of 2012 -- October, they hope, fingers and toes crossed. The restaurant, incidentally, will open after that, though nothing will been penciled in till the operator's announced.
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Green Source DFW
Green Source DFW

Great news for Dallas. This green space will add so much.

JimS
JimS

When I was a kid and my grandparents took me to the St. Louis Zoo, it wasn't to see some damn learning tree. They had chimpanzees in tuxedos that rode motorcycles. Why can't we have something like that for the kids, instead of stickers and a homework assignment?

Observist
Observist

Hmm.  322 trees in a 3-foot deep bed of soil on top of concrete, bathed in car emissions, roots criss-crossed with sidewalks.  Sounds like the arborial equivalent of a 10-gallon fish tank packed with trout and salmon minnows.  I always root for trees ;-)  but I'm skeptical they'll thrive in the deck park.

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

90 % of tree roots are in the first foot of soil.  They'll be fine watered regularly.

Spaceman
Spaceman

I'm still concerned about the park being unapproachable. the woodall service roads and Pearl St. are absolutely insane throughout most days. am i missing something here?

nonetheless, I am very excited.

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

You got that right, Pearl is a highway.  I've been wondering the same thing.  How does a park fit in with high speed traffic.

Gabe
Gabe

Duh, that's why they are putting in the helipad and $30 valet. If someone is trying to walk into the park, they probably are too poor to appreciate it anyway. 

Juan Valdez
Juan Valdez

Will there be a concesion stand for pop, juices, snacks? Or will this have only Luxury restaurants too like Victory Park.

Bdnce213
Bdnce213

Rotary club...They spent half a mil to get a logo put up at the deck park, but the Dallas Women's museum closed for lack of funding. Nicely done

Doug
Doug

I'm guessing the vast majority of rotarians are guys....they probably figure there are plenty of women out there who could've thrown money at their museum and figured that if women didn't care, why should a bunch of dudes, no?

Lee
Lee

I look forward to its SUP hearing.

williamedia
williamedia

Hmm it looks like the Rotary club will also get their logo incorporated into the design of the tree-house part of the Children's Garden at Woodall Rogers Park. At least that's what it looks like based on this page on the Dallas Rotary website. There is a rendering there that shows the tree-house sitting on a plaza that is designed to look very much like a rotary gear like whats in the Rotary Club logo.

http://www.dallasrotary.org/Ce...

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Thanks for that. The item has been amended accordingly. The link is much appreciated.

williamedia
williamedia

Your welcome I was just confused with the earlier wording so I Googled and found a link on the Dallas rotary front page that helped me understand a little better. The updated wording now makes a little more sense to me anyway.

Guest
Guest

First we make trees that learn. Then they become self-aware, and then they rebel against us.

It's in Revelations, people!

Thetinmancometh
Thetinmancometh

First off, it's "(the Book of) Revelation," not "Revelations."  If you're going to deprecate something, at least know of what you're talking about. Second, in conjunction with the first, how does what you wrote have anything to do with Revelation?  Then again, you do call yourself an idiot. I have to acknowledge your honesty.  Even if it was merely a sorry attempt at being humorous.

Guest
Guest

I recommend getting a Netflix subscription. Add discs for the full seasons of "The Simpsons" into your queue and watch them as they arrive at your home.

A few episodes into the fifth season, you will say to yourself, "Oh. Now I see."

Let me know how it goes.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

Cool, anyone know what types of trees. Hoping for cedar elms, Bur Oaks, and other drought tolerant ones. 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The site plan simply says oak.

Jsingleton
Jsingleton

The "learning tree" that will recognize the Rotary donation will be a Bur Oak and the other trees in the Children's Garden are River Birches. Overall, yes the trees will be hearty, sustainable trees that can weather the urban and TX environment. A few more facts - The Park will have 322 trees, including Texas-native Panache Red Oaks,Bur Oaks, Cypress, Birch, Pistachio and Drake Elm. Landscaping will include 32 native Texas species out of 37 total species.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

thanks so much. Also, hoping for some native grasses and shrubs. I'm fond of the eves necklace, rusty haw viburnum, possum haw and youpon holly. Very glad to see that you're emphasizing these native plants. Also, thanks for the quick response and information. 

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