Park and Rec Provides Nifty Guide to Those "Art" Pavilions Slowly, Surely Filling City Parks

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Clockwise, from top left, some of the pavilions still in design phase or under construction: Kidd Springs, College Park, Webb Chapel and Lake Highlands
When I had Willis Winters on the phone the other day, I mentioned in passing that I just driven pastthe new pavilion at Royal Park, off Royal and Cromwell in Northwest Dallas. At which point Park and Rec's second-in-command directed my attention to this freshly minted guide to those architect-designed pavilions we first mentioned in November 2010 (it's already been a year?).

I won't rehash the origins of the project, part of the department's long-range strategic plan in '02 and funded with '03 and '06 bond money; we've covered its origins before. But the walk-through is brand-new: Says Winters, the 24-page guide, which provides some much-needed who-what-where-n-why about each new and historic pavilion, was put together for the Texas Society of Architects Annual Convention and Design Products & Ideas Expo that took place at the convention center a couple of weeks back. "And it went viral during the event," Winters says. "It worked so well people were able to drive around town for an hour or two and find the pavilions they wanted to see."

And now, you're free to do the same this weekend.

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Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

How will the Park Department which doesn't maintain it's existing parks take care of these pavilions?

In three years they will be junk and an embarrassment.


Pavillions should be functional, particularly if they're in public parks.  (They're not supposed to be just to "drive around and see")  Most of these look pretty good, but a few look like they've carried their license to improvise too far . . .


The Great Trinity Forest bridge is starting to grow on me, it's two pavilions with a bridge in the middle. From today.... belongs to a Charro who stopped to pick pecans. 


Check out the one at De Golyer(Cromwell), looks like the JFK memorial...sup with dat?


Those are neat!

Now, where's the Weakend Listening post? Don't you have a Lou Reed live at Bronco Bowl or a George Jones live at Billy Bob's or a Josh Rouse at Son's of Hermann or, since it's close to Thanksgiving, Flaming Lips live at Trees from the night before Thanksgiving 1991 or 1992? Something? Or, at least some kind of music post? A little Dallas music history post? Tell us about the time Esquerita recorded in Dallas or how that Wings live album was partially mixed or mastered over in Garland. Oh, or tell us about Sam the Sham's Dallas roots. Can't remember his real name but I think I read a letter to the editor in Spin magazine about how he was buried in garland, I think.

Thanking you in advance for a prompt response!

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