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DTD: West End Square

Posted: 08 Jul 2019 15:52
by lakewoodhobo
New West End Square park in downtown Dallas has giant swings for adults
http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city- ... oundation/

Parks for Downtown Dallas did not offer comment on the timetable, but a 2018 briefing submitted to the Dallas City Council sets the date for the ground breaking for West End Square for September 2019.


I hope this is true.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 10 Jul 2019 01:27
by DPatel304
Amy Meadows, president of Parks for Downtown Dallas, says in a statement that they plan to break ground on West End Square in early 2020, and their goal is to build all four parks by year-end 2022.

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city- ... oundation/

This article says early 2020, so I guess we will see. Obviously I'd prefer September, but I'm also happy with early 2020 as well. Glad to see they aren't wasting time getting this one off the ground. I think this park will be completed at the perfect time to really tie everything going on in the area together.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 22 Nov 2019 15:22
by lakewoodhobo
There's an event invitation on Facebook for a "virtual groundbreaking" of West End Square to take place January 13 at City Hall. https://www.facebook.com/events/496788644512459/

Parks for Downtown Dallas and the Dallas Park & Recreation Department invite you to join us in commemorating the start of construction on the first-ever park located in the West End Historic District.

The event will be held in the Flag Room at Dallas City Hall, 6E South.


Not sure what this means except maybe it's a ceremonial groundbreaking (photo opp with hard hats and shovels) that they're moving indoors due to weather. Hope that's the case.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 22 Nov 2019 15:50
by DPatel304
They werne't kidding when they said "early 2020". I'm glad to see they aren't wasting any time on this one!

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 23 Nov 2019 12:17
by cowboyeagle05
Harwood and West End have been in progress for some time design-wise. Harwood Park is getting some design details worked out still but West End since it's so small is probably easier to get resolved and funded.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 25 Nov 2019 08:05
by muncien
I have to give 'Parks for Downtown' some serious credit for making as much progress as they have. In a time when we have organization after organization (govt or otherwise) making promise after promise with little or no execution, these folks have kept things moving far better than I ever hoped. Kudos

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 26 Nov 2019 13:08
by cowboyeagle05
Well, that's because the Parks Department has millions of acres of parks to take care of, manage, plan, etc. We are fortunate we have an organization that stepped in to focus on Downtown and take the load off the larger organization. With the continuous staff cutbacks in government departments and a mixed bag of priorities from City Staff, Council Members, City Manager, neighborhood advocates its hard to keep all boats floating. Many parts of Dallas have terrible access to clean & safe parks and that's a bigger issue than a few urban playgrounds that make developers and urban enthusiasts like us happy. Some leaders want signature parks like Klyde Warren all over the city while others would prefer just green space, trees, and some basic playground equipment. I wish we had similar groups of enthusiastic leaders for creating safe places in other parts of the city as we have Downtown.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 27 Nov 2019 13:38
by Tivo_Kenevil
Signature parks near White Rock, Casa View, Pleasant Grove, Arcadia Park would be great for the city

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 02 Jan 2020 12:45
by DPatel304
UPDATE 1-2-2020: The parking lot has been closed so that construction can begin.

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city- ... oundation/

They said 'early 2020' and they certainly weren't kidding. Great news!

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 09:22
by Tnexster
DPatel304 wrote:
UPDATE 1-2-2020: The parking lot has been closed so that construction can begin.

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city- ... oundation/

They said 'early 2020' and they certainly weren't kidding. Great news!


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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 09:47
by muncien
It's so good to see this finally coming to the West End. Looks like a great park. I love all the shade structures and functional areas. The trees are great as well... Hopefully, those prairie plants get enough sun to survive. Glad they didn't just try to put groomed bermuda everywhere. That stuff hates shade.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 13:00
by cowboyeagle05
Well with the park started that will give good incentive for the Spaghetti Warehouse building to reopen as something and I hope it's not another co-working space...

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 13:06
by cowboyeagle05
I know we have seen lots of renderings of this park but here is a decent site plan I found for those of us who would like to see less flash glitter and more practical details.
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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 13:35
by exelone31
cowboyeagle05 wrote:I know we have seen lots of renderings of this park but here is a decent site plan I found for those of us who would like to see less flash glitter and more practical details.


Thanks for sharing! Really excited to see this one take shape.

I wonder if it would make sense for something like the Cidercade or Free Play Arcade to move into the old Spaghetti Warehouse space.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 03 Jan 2020 14:54
by cowboyeagle05
The question is who owns the old restaurant building and how behind is it on maintenance. The building may not be about to collapse but I imagine it needs some serious reinvestment in more ways than one.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 14:32
by lakewoodhobo
I honestly thought at last week's "groundbreaking" that they were using the term quite liberally, but as of today there are earth movers tearing up the asphalt.

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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 09 Jan 2020 14:40
by Cord1936
ImagePacific Plaza Park, Downtown Dallas, 09-19-19

From concrete to greenery, inside the rise of parks in downtown Dallas
By David Ajamy – Digital Reporter, Dallas Business Journal, Jan. 8, 2020

Article: https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2020/01/08/parks-for-downtown-dallas.html

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 14 Jan 2020 17:07
by DPatel304
Here's a video of the upcoming West End park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWJvbjgHTM

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 08:22
by vman
DPatel304 wrote:Here's a video of the upcoming West End park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWJvbjgHTM


Looks like a great opportunity for any restaurant that takes the old Spaghetti Warehouse space.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 09:31
by lakewoodhobo
DPatel304 wrote:Here's a video of the upcoming West End park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWJvbjgHTM


I was wondering if all of the features in that flyover were final, including the "water table" at the :30 mark. Good to know DDI is funding that.

Downtown Dallas Inc. Commits $300K for West End Square Water Feature
https://dallasinnovates.com/downtown-da ... nd-square/

The "innovation arcade" has been mentioned before, but I'd like to know what those glowing cubes at 1:10 are... they look like a digital display of some kind and of course I wonder if they're likewise funded/final.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:03
by Zmitz
If I remember correctly the Innovation Arcade will be home to rotating art displays, some interactive. I'm assuming the glowing cubes are an example of the type and size of the art - not a permanent display.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 10:45
by exelone31
Wow, that flythrough looks really cool. I can easily see those cubes being a popular spot for selfie/photo opportunities.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Jan 2020 14:19
by Tnexster
Nice, noticed the Spaghetti Warehouse in the flyby, has that space been taken yet?

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 17 Feb 2020 18:20
by DPatel304
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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 01 Mar 2020 22:06
by THRILLHO
This is moving along.
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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 13 Jul 2020 21:05
by northsouth
Making some real progress recently.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 14 Jul 2020 09:33
by exelone31
What a great amenity this will be. Hopefully whatever takes over the Spaghetti Warehouse space is able to take advantage of all that space fronting the park. Possibly build out a patio or ground-floor retail of some kind.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 23 Jul 2020 10:14
by lakewoodhobo
northsouth wrote:Making some real progress recently.


I wonder if that single-story section inside the U is a later addition and can be demolished. Would be perfect for a large covered patio/game room.

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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 23 Jul 2020 14:57
by DPatel304
lakewoodhobo wrote:
northsouth wrote:Making some real progress recently.


I wonder if that single-story section inside the U is a later addition and can be demolished. Would be perfect for a large covered patio/game room.


Yeah, that section stuck out to me as well. Even as is, you could probably put a nice rooftop patio on top of there.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 04 Aug 2020 10:58
by DPatel304
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Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 04 Aug 2020 12:43
by exelone31
^Wow, great picks!! Looks like they are really cooking on this park.

It is exciting to think that after we finally fully awaken from this COVID nightmare, there will be all these new little spots in Dallas that have sprung up to enjoy. West End, Discovery District, I'd even throw Pacific Plaza in there since it opened not long before COVID shut things down.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 04 Aug 2020 13:07
by DPatel304
exelone31 wrote:^Wow, great picks!! Looks like they are really cooking on this park.

It is exciting to think that after we finally fully awaken from this COVID nightmare, there will be all these new little spots in Dallas that have sprung up to enjoy. West End, Discovery District, I'd even throw Pacific Plaza in there since it opened not long before COVID shut things down.


Indeed. I'm so glad construction is in full swing, it'll be wonderful to truly enjoy Downtown post-COVID. Who knows, perhaps more people in the DFW will be more inclined to venture out Downtown after being isolated for so long as well, bringing even more people Downtown.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 06 Aug 2020 19:09
by northsouth
Most of the main frame for the northern part of the awning is up, concrete perimeter seems largely poured, beginning to see interior pathways carved into the dirt.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 06 Aug 2020 22:16
by DPatel304
Wow, this one is moving along very nicely! I recall that they did say this park wouldn't take that long to build, and it definitely shows. I can't believe the amount of progress they've already done in such a short amount of time.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 21 Aug 2020 22:08
by northsouth
West awning main structure seems done. Paths have become more defined in the main area after differently colored dirt was brought in for green areas. Looked like they were putting in irrigation pipes yesterday and today.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 14 Sep 2020 22:19
by northsouth
Some recent progress shots. Trees added, eastern awning structure up, today they poured a large section of internal sidewalk.

Also, found a piece on the water feature, currently visible under construction. https://dallasinnovates.com/ddi-foundations-300k-donation-set-for-west-end-square-water-feature-that-changes-with-the-weather/?fbclid=IwAR3Mja_0LreWck1Qo02hqxJn2rNmUD1BlIqrr8u34vhNevt3IJDwyAGNVgI

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 15 Sep 2020 08:48
by exelone31
Cool to know about the water feature. I do not generally have a high view of DDI, but many props to them for donating the funds to make it happen.

Re: DTD: West End Square

Posted: 11 Oct 2020 16:44
by northsouth
More recent updates: rest of the internal sidewalks have been poured over the last few weeks, then more recently they've put in more trees and smaller greenery. North and west awnings have received paint jobs, and it looks like some bricklaying has begun under the north one as well.