Downtown Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park is a marvel of engineering and design. The 5.2-acre park sits atop an on-structure deck over a recessed eight-lane freeway in the heart of the city. It bridges the Arts District and Uptown communities with a walkable, urban green space. Since it opened in 2012, the park quickly became a catalyst for communal and economic activity — attracting over 10 million visitors and generating an estimated $2.5 billion in economic impact for the surrounding area.
Tackling the complex watering needs of a mixed-use 5.2-acre urban park was no small undertaking. Project planners had to account not only for landscaping, but a 40,000-square-foot great lawn, botanical gardens, and a dog park. The sustainable landscaping features 37 native Texas species and includes 322 trees, 904 shrubs and 3,292 assorted plants.
A project of this scale demanded a robust irrigation solution. Hunter’s two-wire system offered the perfect combination of power, reliability, and versatility. Three ACC-99D controllers with ICD decoders and IMMS™ irrigation management software were installed — each able to control up to 99 stations without giving up the arsenal of features provided by the ACC. The two-wire decoders maximized copper wire savings, minimized trenching, simplified troubleshooting, and enabled remote sensor monitoring, all while permitting the rapid addition of new stations as needed in the future. To round out the project, a full lineup of proven water-saving Hunter irrigation staples were also installed, including ICV valves, I-20 rotors, Pro-Spray sprinklers, MP Rotator nozzles, and Eco-Wrap subsurface fleece-wrapped dripline.
With a first-rate Hunter irrigation system that ensures water efficiency and healthy landscapes, Klyde Warren Park has been a remarkable success for the city of Dallas. It has bridged communities and has established a one-of-a-kind environment for a major metropolitan area. A 1.5-acre expansion of the park is scheduled for winter 2021.