During Memorial Day weekend, several of the porch swings at West End Square were damaged by forceful swinging. This made it clear to us at Downtown Dallas Parks Conservancy (DDPC) that it was time to design a solution that makes this much-loved park feature more durable. So, the porch swings were temporarily removed from The Porch. Our goal is to develop a modification to the porch swings to make them more robust without sacrificing what made this element special in the first place.
This may be easier said than done, so we are updating this blog periodically to keep you in the loop on what is happening, and how we reach the final outcome.
The porch swings are removed and taken to the shop. DDPC convenes a meeting with the structural engineer, general contractor, and the lead architect for the park to discuss the issue.
The team has crafted a plan, and is developing a prototype that will be put to the test in the park. The goal is to install the mock-up porch swing in early August.
Stay tuned, we will post an update here soon.
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To be frank, this porch swing renovation is outside of the construction budget for West End Square, and an additional cost to Downtown Dallas Parks Conservancy.
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