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A Perfect Landing 
at Klyde Warren Park

The newest Southwest Porch makes its home in Dallas.

Since I’m the marketing coordinator
for Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, it probably comes as no surprise that I think of it as one of the city’s prettiest outdoor spaces, an absolute gem that sits between Uptown and the Arts District. Here, patrons can enjoy concerts, food, great family fun, and much more, with high-rises, museums, and the Winspear Opera House as a beautiful backdrop. It’s hard to believe the park sits on top of a busy highway.

Although it officially opened in October 2012, the concept might 
never have gotten off the ground had the city’s mayor not decided to recess the freeway in the 1960s. Building 
a self-supporting deck park that would float over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway seemed impossible (and even a little crazy) to lead project engineer Tom Shelton during the planning phases in 2004. But the years that went into the meticulous design for Klyde Warren Park have proved to be a huge success. Decades in the making, the park has now become the centerpiece of downtown Dallas, with more than one million annual visitors.

Southwest Airlines is no stranger 
to having an idea that others think is
“nuts” at the outset—so partnering with us at Klyde Warren Park wasn’t a stretch. This spring, we were proud and excited to welcome our newest addition to the park: The Southwest Porch. Opened in May, The Porch is a comfortable open-air space outfitted with couches and tables. It’s situated 
in front of Relish, one of the park’s quick-fare restaurants, and the soon-to-open stop for the free trolley that connects Uptown and the West Village to the Arts District.

Like other Southwest Porches 
(such as those in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park and New York City’s Bryant Park), the one at Klyde Warren Park hosts everything from musical performances and poetry slams to book clubs. It also serves as a great place to relax and enjoy an appetizing bite or beverage with friends. But The Porch is more than just a destination; it’s a testament to Southwest’s commitment to the communities where its Customers live and work.

Pop over to The Southwest Porch and Klyde Warren Park, and revel in the park’s glorious surroundings. While you’re there, breathe in the tantalizing aromas from a variety of food trucks, or take a yoga or Zumba class. But no matter what, I hope you’ll enjoy the culmination of what once seemed an ambitious experiment and is now one of the most beloved destinations in Dallas. —Harvey Mireles

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