Pacific Plaza Park
- DALLAS, TEXAS3.5 ACRESBeck – Preconstruction Beck – ConstructionSWA GROUP – Architecture
A sophisticated landscape design work conjured from a grim no man’s land of downtown asphalt is now Dallas’ urban nirvana.
Beck provided construction services for Pacific Plaza Park in Downtown Dallas, turning a parking lot into 3.5 acres of an urban oasis. This reformed space is now occupied by a diverse landscape that includes a central lawn, a generous one-acre play area, an open-air pavilion, and a food truck area along Harwood Street next to the public restroom building, with tables and seating throughout the park. There are three ‘pet relief zones’ for animal lovers, enhanced by a drainage and irrigation system designed to help control odor.
The play space has been designed for kids of all ages, with a colorful soft surfacing and swings that hang from cartoonish bright orange stanchions that resemble the children’s series of Dr. Suess. All of these elements are connected by a 614-foot ribbon of Indian limestone, “The Thread,” that weaves through the park’s interior. It is presumed to be the city’s most extended stone bench, composed of 136 rectangular blocks roughly 7,000 pounds each and 29 inches in height, making them an ideal seating area.