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Mustangs of Las Colinas to Run in Greener Pastures With Redesign

The distinctive Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture, which brings visitors to Williams Square Plaza, is getting company. Since their unveiling in 1984, the proud ponies have galloped alone amid a sparse stone plaza surrounded by towering office buildings.

A change is coming thanks to a $7.8 million makeover of Williams Square Plaza. The large sections of granite pavement will be replaced by trees and landscape enhancements, new lighting, movable tables and chairs, and a multi-purpose patio.

Fueling the plaza redesign, said Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer, is the emergence of a pedestrian-friendly, open-air space concept that will provide an assortment of opportunities for events and public gatherings.

“Williams Square is a true destination in Irving and an important part of our history with Carpenter Ranch,” Stopfer said in a press release. “The City Council has been working with our partners at DCURD, Williams Square ownership and the Las Colinas Association since 2017 on this project, and I am ecstatic to finally have a beautiful vision to reenergize our iconic mustang sculpture and surrounding plaza space.”

Stopfer said the nine mustangs galloping across a granite stream will remain the star attraction of the Las Colinas urban center, but he’s excited by the renovations creating a space people can enjoy in a different way.

Bill Brokaw, senior vice president of Hillwood Urban, which operates the four-building Williams Square development, said cities have shifted more to green spaces such as parks, sparts fields, gardens and lakesides in order to open space for physical activities and relaxation.

“We want to give a special thank you to the city of Irving, Mayor and City Council for their support and contributions in making Williams Square Plaza a fresh, new home for the mustangs that will promote community and a sense of wellbeing within the heart of Las Colinas,” Brokaw said. “Irving understands the importance a comfortable and fresh air environment has on an office setting and providing this key greenspace and connection to nature for the community is also critical in attracting and retaining office users to Irving.”

While COVID-19 has forced cities to rethink daily living situations, Stopfer said the origins of the Williams Square makeover dates to 2017 when the Irving City Council began discussing the redesign. In February, the Irving City Council awarded a $7,788,703.37 contract to Structure Tone Southwest for renovation and updates to the plaza. Construction is expected to take 9 to 12 months with a completion around the first quarter of 2022. 

Once completed, the new Williams Square will in some ways be a contrast to what its chief designer, the developer Ben Carpenter, envisioned, which were the sculptures surrounded by a vast amount of nothingness.

But Stopfer said with Lake Carolyn and the Toyota Music Factory entertainment district as close-knit neighbors, the Williams Square redo will both create and “build upon” the Las Colinas area’s reputation as an urban center with people-friendly outdoor spaces.