Dallas Is Planning on Building a $600M Urban Park That’s More than 11 Times Bigger than Central Park
Attention people! Dallas is planning on building a $600M urban park that’s more than 11 times bigger than the biggest park in America: the Central Park.
Do you think that’s just talk or they will go on with plans and actually build the biggest urban park in America?
Dallas is about to create something amazing and beneficial for everybody. Instead of designing buildings, the city is trying to come up with the biggest urban park in America. That’s must be something good, right?
The city is creating a 10,000 acre urban park along the Trinity River, which when the construction will be complete will be over 11 times bigger than New York City’s Central Park.
Dallas has announced plans to build the biggest urban park in America called the Trinity River Part, a park that’s set to span over 10,000 acres of forests, playgrounds, lawns, riverside trails, and endless breathtaking sights.
This project is a step forward toward Dallas becoming a much ‘greener’ city and will include a myriad of sport fields, flora and fauna, walkways and endless green and pleasant views.
The widow of Harold Simmons donated $50 million to the cause and will have a part of the park named after her husband- Harold Simmons Park, which will feature pedestrian overpasses, roads and many other amazing attractions.
It seems like architect Michael Van Valkenburgh from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. has come up with a solution on how to deal with flooding if they decided to have the park build along the Trinity River.
If floods are to happen, the park will naturally flood only in controlled areas and the water will drain into sloped courses that will be designed in such a way that they will absorb the water, thus eliminating all danger to the surrounding areas.
The elevated parts of the park will be safe from flooding and will include sports fields, paved trails, a playground, walking trail a grassy lawn.
“To transform the Trinity Floodway into a world-class park and a catalyst for urban growth, MVVA placed two core concepts at the center of its design: civic spaces and naturalistic landscapes.
Civic spaces, such as playgrounds, fountains, plazas and lawns, are located to provide a connection between the city and the floodplain, protect programmatic areas from extreme flooding, and bring a sense of identity to the dry side of the city’s levees.
Riparian landscapes, on the other hand, will restore the ecological function and natural beauty of the channel and its banks while also reducing the vulnerability of pathways and other important design elements,” it says on the official project page.
What do you think? Is it as amazing as you hoped?