Should Dallas build a deck park over Interstate 35?

An artist's rendering of the proposed deck park over Interstate 35.

It will be extremely expensive, and not everyone is on board with the idea.

But a proposed deck park over Interstate 35 between Zang Boulevard and the Dallas Zoo could reconnect neighborhoods split by the construction of the interstate in 1957.

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Building the deck park, conceptualized as similar to Klyde Warren Park over the Woodall Rogers Freeway, would cost about $95 million. The city would be responsible for raising about $78 million of that somehow.

The plan has aggravated neighbors to the east of I-35 who feel left out of the conversation.

But City Council did vote to advise the Texas Department of Transportation to plan for the park as part of the upcoming expansion of 35 and Highway 67.

Find out more about the plans at the first of two upcoming meetings hosted by the city’s Park and Recreation department at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30 at the Dallas Zoo’s Prime Meridian Cafe.

A second meeting is planned for September, but details on that have not yet been released.

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  • Tony Hammontree

    I live east of I 35e and I am in favor of it. Carolyn has focused her attention on thenth street and she wants $25million (?) for infrastructure repair in the area (basic infrastructure), which is great! And I believe the deck park would result in investment from others to bring that basic infrastructure that Carolyn King Arnold wants. We need this push in east oak cliff!

  • Deborah Beltran

    We already have Continental Bridge Park – why not do one in South Dallas next!

  • Leo W.

    Astute observations.

    It’s like people don’t remember when “Oak Cliff” was short hand for “white people get shot there” just 10 years ago.

  • MattL1

    Other than money, what are the arguments for NOT building the deck park? Seems like it would be a real boon for the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Raymond M. Crawford

    Rachel… this is highly incorrect. Two Kessler Park neighbors did not “hatch” anything and it wasn’t done earlier this year. If you want to know who initially hatched this idea, it was the Southern Gateway Citizens Committee formed by Senator Royce West in 2015. This plan has been ongoing since 2015. The only aggravated neighbor is Carolyn Arnold based on the information in your last article. This is poor journalism and you have not done your homework. You can do better because you have in the past.

  • Pk

    This is a must do.
    It does not have to be as elaborate as KWP – just a simple structure with grass and trees.
    More ammenities can come later IF there’s $$$.
    The area on the north and west side can be zoned to have a special tax to help pay for – and maybe then see the HiRise development seen in Uptown.
    Remember – Uptown and State Thomas was a run down crime ridden area in the late 70’s and 89’s pre-Crescent and other development. The North side of Woodall Rogers used to have low income shotgun houses.
    Now look at it.
    Not saying low income areas should be pushed out, but the best way to reinvest I. The area is to upgrade the area with things people want.
    And people want Parks, not open freeways !
    Let’s correct the damage done by I35E!!!

  • OB

    Maybe give Dallas PD officers a pay raise first? DPD is the worst payed in the metro plex and continues loosing experienced officers to other departments.