The Trinity Park Conservancy...and its lead project designer, Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects, have settled on a preliminary design for a large overlook park on top of the west levee, straddling Commerce Street. The conservancy has begun a national search for a “visionary architect” to “reimagine” the Jesse R. Dawson State Jail. The conservancy envisions it as a “visual anchor and hub” for the future park and also “a place of healing” for those coming and going to the adjacent Dallas County justice complex across Commerce Street.
Architects submitting for the job must have their applications in to the conservancy by July 23. A selection will be chosen from a group of finalists by Aug. 7. There will be no public review...Plans, meanwhile, have progressed considerably further on the West Overlook. A preliminary conceptual plan for the West Overlook of the Trinity Park, which would straddle Commerce Street between Beckley Avenue and the Trinity levee wall. The Conservancy has estimated its cost at roughly $45 million.
The signature feature of the south side will be a maze garden and a large “over/under” playground with customized elements — slides, tunnels — embedded into the landscape, all linked by meandering, shaded paths. The north end will have more programming, including a cafe with roof deck; a civic plaza with an interactive water feature; a separate playground for water-based play with toy bridges and other quirky features; a swing area set into a ridged landscape with views of downtown and the levee; and a small theater, inspired by the German playground designer Günter Beltzig, that can be used for puppet shows, performances, classes, and other play.
These projects do not interfere with the approval process for the Army Corps of Engineers’ $300 million Trinity improvement project.
Say goodbye to the ugliest building in Dallas — and hello to new playgrounds along the Trinity
The former Jesse R. Dawson State Jail (center) at 106 West Commerce Street near downtown Dallas is pictured at sunset, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The plain brown building is going to be renovated as part of a radical makeover and redevelopment of the Trinity River into a park.
DPatel304 wrote:I'm not really sure what could be done to it, but I would think it would definitely need some windows. With all the high-end apartments being built today, perhaps this could be converted into a more budget-friendly urban living option instead?
Tnexster wrote:Budget friendly overlooking the river or a fantastic downtown view. Interesting thought, I wonder if that is being considered.
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