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What Is This? A Deck Park for Ants? No, Just the New Woodall Rodgers Model.

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We were all tied up yesterday and couldn't make it out to the unveiling of the new model for the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park -- a marked improvement over its bare-bones predecessor. Nevertheless, Joanna Singleton was kind enough to send over this photo of the model, which you're more than welcome to peek at if you're in the neighborhood of the Dallas Center for Architecture. Incidentally, that major thoroughfare at the bottom of the photo is North Pearl Street, for those in need of a reference point.

After the jump, some "fun facts" about the park's greenery. As opposed to, say, the kind of green the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation still needs to fund the capital campaign.

Fun Facts: What's Green About The Park?

The Park will add 5.2 acres of shared, public space to Dallas' city center, encouraging pedestrian and bicycle connectivity. A few examples:

• The Park will have 322 trees, 904 shrubs, 3,292 assorted plants
• Most trees will be the Texas-native Panache Red Oaks
• Other trees include Bur Oak, Pond Cypress, River Birch, Pistache and Lacebark Elm
• Plants will include 32 native Texas species
• There will be 40,000 square feet of lawn
• The Park's trees will sequester an estimated 7 tons of carbon per year at maturity
• The water features will use a water reclamation system and a double purification
• System substantially reducing the use of potable water and the disposal of "dirty" water
• Over 80% of the park is irrigated with a high-efficiency capillary irrigation subsurface system (KISSS) The high-efficiency irrigation system will limit water lost to overspray and evaporation. This will save about 350,000 gallons a year over a conventional overhead spray system
• High-efficiency LED lighting with a lighting management system has been incorporated and will result in annual savings of approximately 94,000 kilowatts of electricity
• Solar recycling and trash receptacles will compact the discarded material and saves on emptying frequency

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