Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Got Dirty Today

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We were driving over Woodall Rodgers Sunday afternoon when the boy espied what he believed to be bags of dirt sitting on the one-day site of the deck park. "They're gonna need more than that," he opined. But, sure enough: Joanna Singleton said sooner than later just last week, and that's exactly what those were, as evidenced in this fresh look-see dispatched from Park Foundation HQ.

Matter of fact, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. took over the site today; it's charged with constructing, per its separate heads-up, "the performance stage, the Thomas Phifer-designed restaurant, the Great Lawn area, the dog park, the children's park, botanical gardens, Red Oak allees, Olive Plaza, water features and multiple green areas with open space for visitors." Suspense is building. Wait. Wrong project. My bad.

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Mike
Mike

Is it really more efficient to put dirt in bags and individually disperse the bags?  Couldn't a wheelbarrow load of dirt serve the same function?

db
db

I've said it before and I'll say it again - this park isa game changer for the city Dallas - The “nay-sayers" cannot piss me off.With the greatest share of the expense paid by private contributions, augmentedby some local, state, and federal tax dollars this is a stellar example of thewonderful things that can be done with a public-private partnership. Thank-you, Thank-you, Thank-you to all thathave given of their time, expertise, and resources to make this happen.

elbueno
elbueno

the ONLY thing that sucks about this Park is that dad gum wall at the St. Paul exit...

you can see it at the bottom of the pic. It takes up an obscenely large portion of the park. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Let's bitch about a project where most of the money has already been spent! Let's stop it now instead of seeing it fully completed, because world class cities have park projects abandoned mid-stream!

Seriously, people, if I'm bitching about bitching, you know the bitching is out of control. This park is happening. Deal with it.

Bdnce213
Bdnce213

But Eddie bernice put almost all the stimulus money here. How about working on the parks and roads that already exist?

John_McKee
John_McKee

As someone that drives under the park every day, I've got two burning questions, the entire roof of the tunnel is covered by square lights that seem to do a good job at lighting the tunnel but at the Maple entrance on the right side for only part of the tunnel there are approximately 32,000 rectangular lights with no spacing between them that aren't even in a straight line. It's looks kind of absurd like a horrible engineering mistake. Why does that one section need what appears to be a completely absurd amount of wall mounted lights in addition to the ceiling mounted lights. The second question is those big fans, those are supposed to remove smog in addition to fire smoke, right? Are the sensors or anything? Because on Thursday when Woodall was an absolute parking lot where you would you moved about 1 mph through the tunnel I wondered if my health was in danger and turned my air conditioning off because the smog in the tunnel was almost unbearable.

Actually, one more question, when is the tunnel supposed to be fully enclosed? All the beams are in but the floor section thingies are not and besides the greater prospect of dying in my car from car exhaust I'm really looking forward to driving through the fully enclosed tunnel from start to finish.

Cheap Old Geezer
Cheap Old Geezer

Where is the shade in this stupid park?   Looks to me like the only think will be good for is the Occupy idiots and whoever else that dumb comes along. 

abuckley1970
abuckley1970

I'd really like to be excited about this project...but I'm just not.  Perhaps if the city, state & feds had surplus budgets right now, I'd be more excited about my tax money going to a park.  Yes, I know it was earmarked money back when we were just in a recession and not a depression.  I mean, let's not worry about substandard streets and other infrastructure.  We'll put the burden for that onto the people who are required to plat in order to get a permit to do work on property they've owned for 50 years.  At least that way, they know where their money is going...in addition, you know, to that other tax money they're paying in.... 

A park with ANOTHER performance stage is just what we needed.  See...now I'm excited.  Just had to talk myself through it.  They might make a tree hugger out of me yet.  Multiple green areas and open space...give me more of that.

dfwrez
dfwrez

while not a 'nay-sayer' exactly...because it's too late for that...the greatest share is not by private contributions.  might want to go read the website.  more than half is taxpayer dollars.  other than that, glad to see you're excited.

nadadamnthang
nadadamnthang

That's is good that you are not allowing others to control your emotions. Kudos to you :)

Lemons to lemonade?
Lemons to lemonade?

It is quite large, unfortunately. Could both sides of it become a canvas for the kind of art that was lost when the Good-Latimer tunnel was demolished?

dfwrez
dfwrez

I was against the park when they were in the planning stages.  They might as well finish it now...too late to reverse course.  It's just a sad expenditure of tax dollars.  If the city wants development, they need to start with their infrastructure and quit unloading the things the city is supposed to do onto private citizens - instead the city opts for luxury items.  This project is a luxury, not a necessity.

NotTheSuburbs
NotTheSuburbs

The tunnel is not actually going to be fully enclosed.  There's going to be an opening on each end.

Oakcliffooo
Oakcliffooo

I hear you J_M. I was wondering the same myself.  The banks of lights on the wall is overkill.  They put out more light than what is coming from above.  And it is a blinding light, like high noon on a snow covered mountain top. My first thought? Federal stimulus money, let's erect as many lights as we can and send the bill to Washington. What is also bad, the bulbs look like halogen ones, the most power sucking bulbs out there.  TX DOT can't even kept the ones lit around the mix master.

MattL1
MattL1

Last I heard, they were going to have some pretty heavy-duty fans that will turn on whenever emissions levels get up near the danger zone.  Shit.  Now I have Kenny Loggins stuck in my head.  Thanks.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

John, we are not the first city in the world that has built a tunnel. I wonder how people in NYC have been using tunnels for all this time and still haven't died of lung cancer!

Paul S.
Paul S.

yes boo-hiss on putting people to work and having them spend money in our economy. Oh and then there is quality of life, attracting visitors and industries to the city. BOO HISS!! (now, you kids get off my yard!)

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Lana? Danger zone!

Don't get it? Go watch Archer.

dfwrez
dfwrez

I'm sure the corporations are going to start clamouring around us.  LOL  economy stimulation?  really?

dfwrez
dfwrez

I have a tendency to agree with abuckley...sorry.

Mike
Mike

I prefer  "Cry havoc and let slip the hogs of war!""Dogs of war!""Whatever farm animals of war."

MattL1
MattL1

I can't say that it wasn't on my mind when I wrote that.

Paul S.
Paul S.

you kids get off my bridge!  (think about it)

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