FORT WORTH -- The proposed Z Boaz Park master plan will cost about $6.8 million, not including an aquatic center that could cost another $4 million if added, a consultant said Wednesday.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, hired by the city to produce a plan for the far west Fort Worth park, disclosed the numbers in a presentation to the city's Parks and Community Services Advisory Board.
The top-priority dog park in the plan would cost about $175,000, plus $350,000 for nearby new parking on park's south side. That includes fencing, lighting and irrigation, David Creek, assistant parks director, said.
The city spent about $88,000 to build the popular Fort Woof dog park in Gateway Park on the east side several years ago. But Gateway already had the parking, Richard Zavala, the city parks director, said.
The city's main costs at Fort Woof were fencing and irrigation. The Fort Worth Dog Park Association has raised $50,000 for improvements at Fort Woof, and has offered to help fund a dog park at Z Boaz.
Residents at a recent public hearing rated an aquatic center lower in priority because of its high cost. At Wednesday's meeting, Zavala suggested including the aquatic center. The city is closing the Z Boaz Golf Course Sept. 30 and re-opening the property as a park the next day.
The master plan, which the parks board will vote on in September and the city says could take 20 years to implement, includes playgrounds, trail improvements, picnic facilities, ball fields, scenic overlooks, basketball courts, a skate park, and an amphitheater.