It’s hard to believe that for ten years Klyde Warren Park has been a spectacular gathering place for locals and area visitors. In addition to offering a green space between the walls of glass and concrete skyscrapers along Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas’ first deck park has also become a connecting point for Dallas Downtown and Uptown.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, it’s going to have its favorite fundraising event, “Party In The Park,” ramp up the occasion on Wednesday, October 12, with the help of some of the original supporters as well as Republic National Distributing Company as the presenting sponsor once again.
Serving as honorary co-chairs will be the park’s naming donors Amy and Kelcy Warren, whose son Klyde Warren was the Park’s namesake.
Coming on board to chair the event will be the children and grandchildren (Heather Hunt Graham and her children Annemarie, Christopher and Cooper Graham; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt and their children Natalie, Wesley and Harrison Hunt; and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert and their children Connie and Nick Babikian, Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert and TJ Kleinert) of the park’s original donors, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt.
According to Ashlee, “We are honored to be event chairs for Party in the Park and delighted to be part of this 10-year celebration. Klyde Warren Park offers an array of free activities and events for all ages that would otherwise not be available in Downtown Dallas, and our ‘Ruthie’s for Good’ food truck allows us the opportunity to see first-hand how it brings people together. It is common ground, and we are happy to support this wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors.”
And what would be a celebration without entertainment? Thanks to the Park’s Co-Founders Sheila and Jody Grant, they’ve underwriten “ABBA: The Concert” to set the tempo for the night.
As Heather said, “A deck park is something that was never imagined in Dallas before the Grants and other visionaries made it happen. I am proud to be from a city that is always innovating.”
With more than one million visitors annually, the 5.2-acre park’s maintenance and activities are made possible thanks to fundraising activities and donations.
Park President Kit Sawers commented, “We are so grateful to those who believed in this project more than a decade ago and made it a reality. To have the extended Hunt family and Amy and Kelcy Warren heading up this event during our 10th anniversary and to have Republic National Distributing Company back as presenting sponsor is incredible and speaks to the importance of this much-loved green space.”
There are loads of sponsorship and ticket levels available here with lots of perks, but don’t wait too long to make your choice because you’ll want to party in the park come October.
* Graphic/photo provided by Klyde Warren Park