From This Moment Forward, Woodall Rodgers Deck Park Will Be Known As Klyde Warren Park

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Behind the paywall this morning is The News's exclusive concerning "stealth billionaire" (Band Name Alert™) Kelcy Warren's purchase of the naming rights for the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, which henceforth shall be known as Klyde Warren Park -- so named for the Energy Transfer Equity CEO and chair's 9-year-old son. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board followed up shortly after that trumpet blast with The Official Announcement, which follows. Says Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board: "A father naming the park after his son sends a strong message that this park will be a green oasis for all children to play, dream and learn."

Warren, recently ranked as No. 655 on Forbes's list of the world's billionaires, is also owner of Music Road Records down in Austin, a partnership with none other than musician Jimmy LaFave and engineer Fred Remmert; and the man behind the Cherokee Creek Music Festival, an annual all-star kids-charity fundraiser held at the Los Valles Ranch in Cherokee. Oh -- and he's the guy who owns the sprawling $30-million estate on Park Lane, between Inwood and the Dallas North Tollway, profiled in The Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2010; our old pal Allison V. Smith took the slide show.

The News's story says Warren donated untold millions ('round $10 mil, most folks guess) to ensure there'd be good music in the deck park; Warren tells Chery Hall, "I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if there was a classy place where people could listen to music and where music could influence children's lives?'" The piece also says Klyde can and will intern in the park till he's 21; kid's gonna have to work for his dad's donation.

"This park is going to have such a positive impact on our city as a major center of activity," Warren says in the morning's release. "As a father, my hope is that families from throughout the Metroplex and beyond will enjoy the park. As a native Texan, and someone who has lived and worked in Dallas for many years, I am so pleased that my son and I are able to play a role in bringing this incredible asset to our city."
Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Announces Park Name: Klyde Warren Park

DALLAS (Feb. 19, 2012) - The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board announced today that the 5.2-acre public green space in downtown Dallas will officially become Klyde Warren Park, named after the nine-year-old son of Kelcy Warren, a Dallas-based energy executive.

Naming donor, Kelcy Warren is CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Warren is also a music-lover and supports singer-songwriters through his Austin-based studio Music Road Records. His personal love of music will translate into future programming in the park, including plans for free music festivals, student performances, jam sessions as well as concerts from Arts District neighbors like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

"Kelcy Warren has given the citizens of Dallas and its visitors a tremendous gift where people can come together to enjoy our city and create traditions," said Jody Grant, chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board. "A father naming the park after his son sends a strong message that this park will be a green oasis for all children to play, dream and learn. We are honored to enter into this partnership with Kelcy and his family."

"This park is going to have such a positive impact on our city as a major center of activity," said Warren. "As a father, my hope is that families from throughout the Metroplex and beyond will enjoy the park. As a native Texan, and someone who has lived and worked in Dallas for many years, I am so pleased that my son and I are able to play a role in bringing this incredible asset to our city."

The Foundation has raised more than $100 million and is nearing its pre-opening capital campaign goal of $110 million in combined public and private funding. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation will continue to privately fund, operate and program Klyde Warren Park when it is open in fall 2012.

"We're incredibly grateful for the generosity of families like the Warrens who want to create something truly unique and special for our city," said Grant.

About Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park will serve as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors to enjoy in the heart of the city. The 5.2-acre park will create an urban green space over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul Streets in downtown Dallas. Plans include a performance stage, restaurant, shaded walking paths, a dog park, a children's park, great lawn, water features, an area for games and much more.

Connectivity is central to the park's purpose. Klyde Warren Park will promote increased pedestrian, trolley and bicycle use between Uptown, Downtown and the Arts District, contributing to a more walkable city center.

Klyde Warren Park will create a front lawn for the surrounding cultural offerings including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center, Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual &Performing Arts and the future Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Construction on the deck plaza began in October 2009. The park is expected to be complete in fall 2012. The Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation is in the final phase of the campaign to secure private funding for amenities construction, operations, programming and endowment.

Design is led by The Office of James Burnett, Thomas Phifer and Partners, and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. The Texas Department of Transportation selected Archer Western as the contractor for construction of the deck plaza. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is currently building the park amenities. Bjerke Management Services provides project management services to the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Jody Grant serves as Chairman of the Board of the Woodall Rodgers Foundation and is joined by President and C.E.O., Linda Owen, and board members Elaine Agather, Nancy Best, Garrett Boone, Leo Corrigan, Ed Fjordbak, Sheila Grant, Linda Hart, Mitch Hart, Jeff Jackson, Tom Leppert, John Muse, Bob Shapard, Rob Walters, Kelcy Warren and John Zogg.

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Paultons Park
Paultons Park

Community groups around the world are becoming a member of together to support local places that have experienced from town corrosion and government ignore.

David in North Dallas
David in North Dallas

Found in another blog covering the park's renaming... "One of the main concerns I have heard from clients and friends is where will people park?"  What a classic Dallas concern, right?  God forbid anyone walk or bike anywhere!

Trey
Trey

whew, so much better than a company name or "The Park" as they were calling it in development.

 Warren Park...I don't really see what's so wrong with that.

Rangers100
Rangers100

I am hoping the park will be a truly dynamic urban park.  Mixed-use, demographically diverse, spontaneously and creatively engaged, active 24/7, etc. 

Public place and monument names matter.  The send signals and help shape the culture of the places.  

A country music loving oil billionaire wanting the place to be more child- and country music-oriented?

Hey, his right and the right of the park creators to sell it to him.  But a disappointing reminder of the dominant culture of the area.  Improving... but still a long way to go.

Guest
Guest

Natural gas, not oil. 

How can a park in the middle of one of the biggest metro-plex's in the US be "country oriented."  Lets revisit that idea in a couple of years.  Obviously there will be a few country music performances, but not subtantially more than any other type of music I would expect.  Plus, you can't deny that Dallas has a country/cowboy culture that will probably never go away.  

I think the park will be dynamic, mixed use, and demographically diverse.  Just because the man bought the naming rights, doesn't mean he gets to choose who does what there every night.  

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Happy to see someone name something for another Family member,Mr.Warren seems like a good fellow and not so into himself.Rember tax payers we made a 16 million dollar investment in this Park also,money from  Black President, Obama's stimulas fund, that Leppert and other conservatives said was a bad idea.

youtalkin'tome?
youtalkin'tome?

If Obama is the Black President....who is the White, Brown, Yellow one?

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

 Teddy Roosevelt.  I hear he was a lesbian too.

Guest
Guest

These comments are disgusting.  A self-made billionaire donates millions to name a park...good for him.  Why do you have to bash him for naming it after his child? or jump to the conclusion that his child will be negatively effected by his name on a park?

From what I have read about Mr. Warren, he has brought himself to extreme wealth through hard work and dedication, not  through family money or other advantages.  He is incredibly smart, works his ass off, and is a friendly person to do business with and interact with.  He hit an absolute homerun with his pipeline company, why should we fault him for that? I think he has the right to throw a charity music festival for children, or name a park after his son.  

But if you are going to throw negative light on anyone I would bet Mr. Warren would prefer it be himself.  His child probably has no idea what a billion dollars is and probably doesn't see himself any differently than other kids at 9 years old.  He will realize his circumstances some day, hopefully he can handle it.  I sure would have a hard time with that.  

Thanks Mr. Warren for your generous contribution.  

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Let's be honest with each other. It's not his kid's name, or anything like that. It's that he's not OUR kind of billionaire. We'll only kiss-ass with our kind -- young, hip, got a sports team, kind of counter-culturish in an inoffensive way.   

Rangers100
Rangers100

Wait, I thought you wanted to be honest with each other.

Angela Hunt
Angela Hunt

To all the haters:

At first I was incredibly excited by this remarkably generous donation.  But then your snarky, poorly written comments made me realize how wrong I was.

This guy should be ashamed of himself.  Instead of pouring his money into pie-in-the-sky bullsh*+ that regular people could never enjoy -- like buying his kid an amusement park or an airline or some other nonsense -- he has to go and be all showy by making a huge donation to a park in the heart of the city that will be enjoyed by the public for generations.  What a jerk.  And to top it all off, he wastes his money -- annually, no less -- on a stupid children's charity that he started.  What a blowhard.

And by the way, if I were a billionaire, every park in the city would be named for my kid.

cp
cp

THANK YOU Angela. These people are idiots. I'm ashamed that I'm a regular poster in here. 

Rangers100
Rangers100

Yeah, well, I'm ashamed by North Dallas white women who see black people and immediately think "bums."  And especially those who then, when called on it (we all have our bad moments after all), choose not to apologize but instead make excuses for such bigotry.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Has he hired you to keep the black people out, Angela?  Or as you call them, "the bums?"  

You are the very last person anyone interested in good urban parks (or good urban anything) should be listening to. 

Edward
Edward

Do people think that the money for naming rights just goes into thin air? Probably every business or charity in town "sells" naming rights (Cowboys, included!) in order to raise money that is then put into the project/building/park. Some people do it anonymously, some don't. No big deal.

I think it's great (and pretty creative) what this guy has done. And my guess is that his kid will grow up just fine, whether he had a park named after him or not. Mr. Warren seems like a level-headed, down-to-earth guy who probably isn't raising his kid any differently now than if he didn't have a couple billion dollars.

I was down in that area for the first time in a long time, and no matter what you might think about the money that was spent, or whether the thing was designed however you wanted it to be designed, the park is going to make a HUGE difference in connecting Uptown to downtown. I've walked across those bridges crossing Woodall Rogers during the day before and it wasn't pleasant at all. But once the park is finished, I believe people will definitely use the park and the connections that it provides.

Rangers100
Rangers100

Can you name a notable urban park whose name has been purchased by a corporation or bought for a young child?We can both think of corporations and people whose $10 million would have been rejected if it came with such strings attached.  This should have been a case where that was done as well.  

Not a good sign that the boy's own mother is already strongly opposed to this.  

keepthetrinitykosher
keepthetrinitykosher

Kind of like the great billionaire from New York who named the park there, Central, after his son...Sir Central Park the third. Yes, how quaint, indeed.

Ellum08
Ellum08

Wow, hell must have frozen over. I agree with Angela Hunt.

woodall the fuss is about
woodall the fuss is about

To the people who are thanking this guy for putting up the money and not seeing what a boneheaded moronic move this is for an entire town: Have you driven by there lately? Does the park not look well on its way to completion? Would it have stalled and turned into a ruined moonscape without this dude's naming-rights money? Seriously, I would have taken an brand name over some rich kid who hasn't achieved anything in life except being a very lucky lil' swimmer.  

Jon
Jon

Do you really think there is a line forming of corporations that would pay $10,000,000 for naming rights to a small park in this economy?  

Rangers100
Rangers100

Warren says he's into singer-songwriters.  Great.  So am I.  

Who is he into?  Stephen Malkmus?  Jeff Mangum?  Thurston Moore?  

Uh... no.

Looks like there's going to be a lot of great "boot in your ass" country shows as Klyde Warren Park.  

keepthetrinitykosher
keepthetrinitykosher

Dude, you must get your ass handed to you...constantly....because your post reek of poserisms.

RTGolden
RTGolden

I guess country music, along with automobiles, electricity and indoor plumbing are automatic disqualifiers to 'real city' status?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

 So, that bashing would extend to, say, Mark Cuban?

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Obviously, my reply meant for Plain Old Dave.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

I don't know his political views, but he is not immune from criticism.

And you suck at reply.

Bmarvel
Bmarvel

Lotta billionaire bashing going on here. Bodes ill for the Republicans. 

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

You new here?  This place is libtard central.  If things don't poll 99+% against the right on the Observer, something has gone terribly wrong.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

If this kid grows up to be a supervillain, I will laugh 'till I barf.

Amy S
Amy S

I will be the one to say "Thank you", I guess. Haters.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

I guess it's his money, but I wonder what it's going to do to the kid.  Having a landmark named for you at 9 years old?  That's got to skew your perceptions somehow.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Band name suggestion: Klyde Warren Commission

frank
frank

Kelcy, Klyde, thank you very kindly. We appreciate the coin, we're gonna dig the heck outta yer park. Now wasn't that easy... bitches?

Spoiledbrat
Spoiledbrat

 The most high-profile park in town named after a kid because his dad paid for it. World-class laughingstock.

Joseph
Joseph

@339a4ffd4db7506cc816ce699de4994c:disqus @7b37e7c24f1918837bd66661a202335d:disqus 

Bitterness and the inability to recognize a nice gift for the city are not particularly attractive traits.  Self made guy makes a nice donation (rather than the city borrowing dollars or raising taxes to fund an equivalent amount) and he gets a smart ass comment from the both of you.

Simple thank you would be sufficient.

Rangers100
Rangers100

My problem isn't so much a billionaire who admits he isn't very invested in his city buying a toy for his little kid. What I find really disappointing is that the leaders of a well-intentioned project whoring their project out through such a horrendous decision.

Hometown Boy
Hometown Boy

Pretty clear that Mr Warren's children will inherit a fair amount of money. Pretty good lesson to teach someone to not only give back but to honor others. Ross Perot honored Mort Meyerson with a symphony, and now the Perot children made a $50 million gift to honor their dad with the new science museum. In a few years this will simply be known as Warren Park. No one will remember that technically it was named after a child.

Thank you Mr Warren for your gift to the city.

keepthetrinitykosher
keepthetrinitykosher

The only problem you have, is that you don't know what the hell you're talking about. Please come up for air. That much smelling, of someones own gas emissions, is not healthy!

Rangers100
Rangers100

You don't appear to be able to make a counterargument of any kind.

texaspainter
texaspainter

Preston Hollow, gas line billionaire, doing it for the kiddies? It just gets better and better doesn't it? Dallas is the ultimate gas whore, aren't they? Let's call it Gasland Park!

Parisrec
Parisrec

For the love of god, when will it end?

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