Coming Soon to Fair Park: Klyde Warren Park-Style Programming, and Maybe Some Yoga

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If Klyde Warren Park has proved one thing, it's that if you make a formerly blemished urban space sufficiently cool and attractive, people will do yoga there. Other things, too. The point is, the people will come.

The folks who run Fair Park have taken note. Last year, as part of the ongoing effort to draw visitors, officials with the city's parks department approached the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation asking for a little help.

"We were just seeing if there was any interest on their part or any efficiencies that could be got doing joint programs," says Fair Park director Daniel Huerta.

See also: Dallas' New Strategy For Revitalizing Fair Park: Bike Sharing

There wasn't any interest, at least not for doing joint programs. Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green said the city posed the question -- "Could we hire you to do this [programming]?" -- around the time she was appointed last spring. A flattering thought, but "that's not really our core mission," Green says.

Green was, however, more than happy to share what's been successful at Klyde Warren. The game cart, which has various board games available for checkout, has been popular. So have the food trucks. "Fitness classes are a huge hit here, but we don't know if that would work in Fair Park."

Neither does Huerta.

"I don't know if people will come out here and do yoga," he says. Then again, "they went out there and did yoga on the new bridge -- that was a shocker to me."

The point is that Fair Park will have to do something if it wants to get people to Fair Park, especially during the week when there are no festivals or concerts going on. "We may have to do it through programming," Huerta says.

Currently, Huerta says the city is working with Dan Biederman, the NYC-based consultant who helped plan activities at Klyde Warren and New York's Bryant Park.

See also: Dear Mayor: Go Global for a New Fair Park

There are no specific plans yet, but any programming will likely be focused on the Esplanade, which Huerta describes as having a similar footprint to Klyde Warren. With a reconfiguration of concession areas closer to the fountains (they are currently on the far walls of the surrounding buildings) and the addition of a couple more food and beverage options, it could become a decent place to spend a spring afternoon. If they put in a splash pad, as Huerta says they're contemplating, it might be bearable during the summer, too.

The initial plan was to have at least some activities start in May, but Huerta says park officials have decided to hold off until Biederman delivers his recommendations. Not that there's anything stopping yoga enthusiasts from going down there right now. There's plenty of room.

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fang.yintu
fang.yintu

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poshh20
poshh20

Houston, TX has much better parks in the downtown area. During the warm weather season many cultural and artistic events are held there. There is also a nice hub for getting almost any desirable product. http://ow.ly/utPQP

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

You really want to see a year-round party at Fair Park?

1) Legalize weed.

2)Turn that moribund asphalt & concrete patch into a cannabis farmer's market.

3) Profit.

Should keep those vendors frying shit busy as hell all year.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Dale Davenport is the only success in the area. Let him have a shot at it.

ruddski
ruddski

How about Women's Naked Yoga? That should draw some crowds.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

They gave up on the amusement park idea way too soon. It was a great idea, but these things take time. I'm pretty sure I'm about the only person that does yoga that would go to Fair Park. People that do yoga are usually rich white women. They're not going to Fair Park. The neighborhood scares them. The parking sucks. DART scares them. It makes no sense.

Catherine_Horsey
Catherine_Horsey

So look: 2.5 million people go to Fair Park every year OUTSIDE of the State Fair of Texas. Just because y'all don't go to soccer games or Diwali Mela or EarthDay Texas doesn't mean no one else is there.

G_David
G_David

So the air above Woodall Rodgers was formally urban blight? I had no idea!

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Who ever the the FAIR PARK THEY are THEY just pissed away 30 million dollars on the summer attractions THEY just closed. Not even bothering to find a way to make it work .Just going to pad lock it and move on ...

Maybe its time to show THEM the the back gate ?

Because ( Time traveling back to the planning stages of the now failed 30 million dollar project ? ) that kind of thinking sure in the heck isn't what we need when it comes to forward thinking  Is it ?.


oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

And the Top Commenter Love fest begins in 3 ...2... 1

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

The elephant in the room here is that Fair Park is where it is. The arts district isn't next door. The hip and trendy high-rise apartments are downtown/uptown. Fair Park has a DART stop and urban blight next door.

ruddski
ruddski

@poshh20

The only event I can think of that can be held during the warm-weather season in Houston is agonizing death.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Am I to late for the love fest?

Sloppy seconds?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@oakclifftownie  sure is lots of "top commenter" jealousy going on.  watch it oakie, you keep commenting and your badge is coming soon

dingo
dingo

@CogitoErgoSum  

It's also one stop away from Baylor Medical and its few thousand employees. They should survey those folks to see what holds their interest as far as development goes to get any potential inertia rolling.

WylieH
WylieH

@CogitoErgoSum  But they keep most of the gates locked on the South Dallas side, opening them up only briefly when they need to dump junk in the unscreened lots located along Bank St., right behind those single family houses on Fleetwood.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

@ScottsMerkin You guys always tell Myrna to Google questions like this. What's good for the goose.........

ruddski
ruddski

@dingo

The proximity to Baylor just screams for a skateboard/BMX/Rollerblade park designed similar to the Trinity whitewater feature - guaranteed to produce injury.

Now that everyone is forced to buy health insurance, it'll be a windfall for Baylor, everyone there will get a pay raise. Now you just have to come up with an attraction that will attract Baylor employees.

How about a paintball concession attached to the killer skate/bike park? All those moving targets!

dallasdrilling.wordpress.com
dallasdrilling.wordpress.com

@WylieH And the illustrious dysfunctional board that runs Fair Park is allowing that and a long list of other items that continue to stagnate the area.  Sort of like DISD. 

Perhaps it is time to tear apart the city government, throw caution to the wind and just go with the strong mayor format after all. Let Rawlings channel the Daley regime from Chicago and allow the wins and losses to land where they land.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

True, but I knew the answer to my question, she didnt, and was being too lazy to defend her original assertion

ruddski
ruddski

@Lorlee

You'll lose either way, but there's always bribery!

Lorlee
Lorlee

@ruddski It appears that the status is awarded for quantity -- it certainly can't be for quality.


ruddski
ruddski

@oakclifftownie

TC status is not all it's cracked up to be, we're often treated as the "Google Buses" of Unfair Park. We bring the DO untold millions in advertising revenue, but then we're attacked because we contribute to comment inequality.

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