Yes, Klyde Warren Park May Get an Ice Rink [Updated]

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Now, picture an ice rink in the middle.
The news technically broke two weeks ago when, buried in a Frontburner post about the Stars' home opener, team officials mentioned that they might put an ice rink at Klyde Warren Park.

But it wasn't until yesterday that the Dallas Business Journal asked the obvious followup: Are you guys serious?

In a word, yes.

The rink, according to DBJ, would be 5,000 square feet and "sized for children," and would be funded by former Stars owner Norm Green. Jody Grant, who chairs the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, told the DBJ the ice rink was an "exciting prospect" but that it is nonetheless too early to say if it will actually happen.

To get around the inconvenient fact that this is Texas, where outdoor temperatures have been known to hover in the 70s despite the decidedly wintry tilt of the earth's axis, the plans are for some type of synthetic material.

Frontburner reports that the material will likely be Super-Glide, which sounds like it's not something children should be playing with. It will probably be located on the Great Lawn, where it might possibly leave a mark. And there will be ice skate rentals.

The question now is why. Klyde Warren's PR folks have cobbled together a press conference for 1:30 this afternoon, where Grant and Green will presumably provide an answer. Or maybe they'll pose a question of their own: Why the hell not?

Update at 3:07 p.m.: Our new guy, Luke Darby, went to the presser and came back with a small handful of additional detail:

According to Grant, the 50'x100' synthetic-ice rink, funded by Green and his wife, would serve to keep park attendance up in winter months. The planned location is in front of the children's park. Food trucks would migrate to different ends of the park to control crowd distribution, and in off months the rink comes apart and squares of chemical ice are stacked somewhere.

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mcdallas
mcdallas

BUT... will it be a World Class ice ring?  I mean, like a solar-powered water ice ring?  If we're going to do something, let's go all-in.

Also, have I entered an alternate (or alt-weekly) universe here?  The words "super-glide" are in this article, and 15 comments later not a SINGLE off-color reference to such term?  Am I missing something?

BobLowlaw
BobLowlaw

Every time someone suggests doing anything,--anything at all,--people criticize it.  He's even paying for it.  Ice Rink? That sounds great, if it was there I'd take my kids.  Since they closed the one at Fair Park and Plaza of the Americas, as far as I know, the nearest one is at the Galleria,--and no way I'm I going near 635.  So, thank you.

icowrich
icowrich

In the picture above, there seems to be some transparent decking on on either side of the park, over Woodall Rogers.  What is that?  Were pedestrians supposed to be able to walk on it? 

icowrich
icowrich

Can't we just complete the original design?  Why not expand the park to Akard? 

LDR4
LDR4

This is absurd.

monstruss
monstruss

I imagine it's would have to be an indoors facility, so what's the point of plopping it in the middle of a park? 

joe.tone
joe.tone moderator

Great idea. Necessary, really. There's just not enough going on in that park. I mean, there's the dog run, the ping-pong, the foosball, the track, the reading room, the stage, the playground, the food trucks, the overhangs, the lasers shooting from Museum Tower and that patch of green stuff in the middle, whatever that is. But we need more. MORE. Bring on the non-ice rink.

What is that green stuff in the middle, anyway? I always see people just lying there talking or running around. Don't they know this is a park. GET UP AND DO SOMETHING.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@joe.tone World-class cities can't just let a nice space speak for itself, Joe. Hip new world-class cities have to keep it real.

crustyjugglers
crustyjugglers

@joe.tone Exactly.  Its still unclear to me why they have a sidewalk and a gravel path, when one of those could have been axed for more green space.

monstruss
monstruss

@Sharon_Moreanus Hey you're right! My imagination must suck, because I still think this is a stupid idea. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@crustyjugglers @joe.tone you really can't keep grass growing under heavy foot traffic.  The random, occasional traffic of a lawn is one thing, but the paths do a lot to channel people's soil packing soles, there and off the lawn. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@crustyjugglers @scottindallas @joe.tone I haven't been out there since it was finished.  But, it could also be to encourage joggers to run on the gravel, which is easier on the body.  Who knows what they were going for.  It probably looks better than a 20 ft wide sidewalk. 

crustyjugglers
crustyjugglers

@scottindallas @crustyjugglers @joe.tone Completely understand that, but the two paths run parallel to each other.  It just seems like one would have been enough, but I'm not a park planner, so maybe there's more to it than what I think.  It's still a great park and I've been enjoying it 1 or 2 times a week at lunchtime.

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