Updated Dog Run, Playground, and New Café Operator
Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of Main Street Garden with an improved playground, dog run, and new café operator. The recently completed park improvements were a collaboration between the City of Dallas and DDI. The city contributed $200,000 for the playground equipment, and DDI paid for the design fees and construction costs. Planning for the improvements has been years in the making and furthers DDI’s commitment to parks Downtown. The playground has been expanded by 40 percent with all-new equipment designed for children of all ages. There are two areas; one designed for children two to five, and the other for older kids. New overhead lighting has been installed, and additional trees planted to provide shade.
Now that there are approximately 12,000 people living Downtown, the dog run at Main Street Garden has become one of the most active areas of the park. Softer surfaces have been installed, there are more seating options, and more trees have been planted in that area as well. In addition to the playground and dog run, DDI announced a new Main Street Garden café operator last month. Hot Off the Press has already seen a lot of success with their paninis. Part of the park improvements will include additional activations, like resident bingo nights on Wednesdays and it will be part of the Dallas yoga fest.
Main Street Garden was the first urban park in the Downtown Dallas Parks Master Plan, and has steadily increased in popularity with residents, Downtown workers, and visitors attending the countless events and festivals that have taken place over the past decade. “As the neighborhood continues to evolve and change, it is important that our public spaces continue to adapt to the changes. Through the renovations at Main Street Garden, the playground has been expanded and improved to provide more play experiences for children. Additionally, changes in the dog run have been made to make it more inviting for dogs and their owners,” said Dustin Bullard, Senior Vice President of Planning and Public Space for DDI.
Photos from our Main Street Garden Day HERE