Designing Future Frisco Parks

Frisco is partnering with Ideo to design a vision for the Grand Park project and Kaleidoscope Park is entering a new construction phase, according to a Community Impact article. In it they say, 

“Frisco is partnering with a global design company in order to develop a vision for the city’s Grand Park project while Kaleidoscope Park is getting ready to enter a new construction phase. Read up on the latest parks and recreation news in Frisco.

During an April 4 meeting, Frisco City Council approved a four-month contract with global design company Ideo to design a vision for the city’s Grand Park project.”

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas was made possible through a public-private partnership, with individual donors contributing $54 million. The park’s model of privately raised funds and free programming is being replicated, as seen with Kaleidoscope Park in Collin County, led by Scott Stewart, formerly of Millennium Park in Chicago, according to a Local Profile article. They say, 

“Klyde Warren Park was a $110 million project funded by a public-private partnership between the city of Dallas, the state of Texas and individual donors who chipped in $54 million of that $110 million through the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. With this partnership, Dallas is the owner of the park, but programming, funding and maintenance are privately operated through the foundation. Sawers compares Klyde Warren Park to a PBS model with its privately raised funds and free programming — a model, she says, that can be replicated. 

It already is. “One park system in Collin County we are collaborating with the most is Kaleidoscope, which is at HALL office park,” says Sawers. “And they brought in a new gentleman to run Kaleidoscope Park who was formerly head of Millennium Park in Chicago — an incredible park. So they’ve got good leadership and a good example.” That gentleman Sawers is talking about is Scott Stewart, the head of Frisco’s newest park development.”

Scott Stewart, head of Frisco’s park development, envisions the new park following the successful models of Klyde Warren Park and Millennium Park, stimulating economic growth and attracting businesses by offering attractive amenities and a desirable location.