It’s only been open a little over a year, but Klyde Warren Park has already established itself as an integral part of Dallas’ downtown culture. The 5.2-acre deck park, built atop the Woodall Rogers Freeway, offers free programs, concerts and events in addition to just being a place where people can gather. Having previously worked in industries that also brought great benefit to Dallas—chief revenue officer for American Airlines Center and vice president and chief operating officer of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee—Tara knows a thing or two about what Dallasites are craving.
What do you think Klyde Warren Park means for Dallas?
It’s a game-changer. It has created green space in the middle of downtown and has given people a reason to go outside, relax and enjoy all that our great city has to offer. The park draws thousands of people to downtown every week, which is the key to changing the face and perception of the area.
How do you see it growing in the years to come?
As the catalyst for the ongoing transformation of downtown Dallas, the park has increased quality of life, as well as grown foot traffic and activity. Even more, we are seeing the results of billions of dollars of investment in the Arts District, Downtown and Uptown—all surrounding Klyde Warren Park. We want to continue moving that transformation forward by creating even more programs and events to give people more reasons to come to the park and spend time downtown. For example, during our one-year anniversary, we hosted the first simulcast in the park of the Dallas Opera opening night of “Carmen.” We had almost 4,000 people enjoying opera—outdoors!
What are some of your favorite places to visit in Dallas?
Klyde Warren Park is number one, of course! I also love taking the family to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Museum of Art and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. We are so lucky to have the world-renowned Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art here in our city. I am also a huge sports fan so I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the American Airlines Center and the iconic Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.
Where do you love to eat out?
Savor, our restaurant at Klyde Warren Park. The Thomas Phifer-designed glass building under the Nancy Collins Fisher Pavilion has the most amazing views of the park. The world-class menu created by chef John Coleman and Joe Scigliano is what keeps people coming back. Savor has the best patio in Dallas with the most gorgeous views of downtown. It truly comes to life at night when you see the trees in the park lit and you hear great music on the Muse Family Performance Pavilion.
What's your favorite Dallas landmark?
Reunion Tower is the visual reference I think of when I think of Dallas. I love that they have added the new GeO-Deck, which is a must-see for any visitor. You have amazing views of the entire city, plus a great historical video that tells our story so well. Now that the lights on the outside are programmable, it’s so fun to see what they put up there.
My Perfect Day
11 am, Brunch on the Patio
My “perfect day” starts with brunch at Bread Winners Café on McKinney. There’s something on the menu for everyone in my family, and we love sitting on the patio on a nice day.
3 pm, Of Course, the Shopping
In the afternoon, I love to go shopping at NorthPark Center with my friends. The storefronts are beautiful and it’s a nice place to stroll and stop into shops as things catch my eye.
7 pm, Park It Here
To round out the day, I’d meet up with my family at Klyde Warren Park to play ping-pong or do a family fitness class. We’d have dinner on the patio at Savor, then enjoy a movie in the park to end the day.