The Klyde Warren Park announced this morning that it is proposing a Public Improvement District (PID) to help support the park’s operations and free programming. As downtowners can attest, the Park has been an overwhelming success with fantastic events reaching thousands of people daily since its opening last autumn.
“The positive impact of Klyde Warren Park has surpassed expectations on every measure, creating enhanced quality of life and tremendous value for our city,” said Jody Grant, Chairman of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation Board. “The park’s unbelievable success and the proactive support of our neighbors have encouraged us to accelerate our efforts to form a PID.”
The Park is hoping to obtain approval from at least 60 percent of the property owners within the proposed PID boundary of half a mile from the park by March 25 to meet the April 1 deadline to present petitions to the City of Dallas. If successful, property owners would pay $250 per $1,000,000 of appraised property value that would support up to 20 percent of the park’s annual operating budget. The PID would be a modest addition to existing Uptown and Downtown Dallas PIDs and would be the lowest PID rate in Dallas.
Well respected reporter and anchorman Brad Watson of WFAA Channel 8 (ABC) announced tonight he was leaving the station for a job in the public sector. Considering what a transient career field broadcast news can be, it's nothing short of amazing when a personality remains with a station in a top 10 market for 34 years.
Watson, 59, has also been the host of Inside Texas Politics and has interviewed everyone from local mayors to the current President of the United States.
The new gig for Watson will see him with energy provider Luminant serving as their director of communications. It should be a unique twist for the legendary reporter to be on the other side of the camera and microphones answering questions instead of asking them.
This new chapter in Watson's career is one that came looking for him instead of him looking for a new role. Allan Koenig, the former assignments editor at WFAA, is already working at Luminant and pursued Watson for the new role. After discussing the role with Luminant executives and his family, he made the decision in recent days that he would embrace this new opportunity.
The last day for Watson will be sometime around April 15.