Fort Worth to ask for public opinion on park improvements

06/08/2014 3:32 PM

06/08/2014 3:33 PM

The city’s parks department is planning $1.1 million in improvements to several community parks and wants residents’ opinions on what to do.

Four public meetings are coming up to get input on $292,557 in proposed improvements planned for Northside Park; $233,722 dedicated to Terry Park; $225,000 at High Crest Park; and $198,000 at Summerfields Park, all in north Fort Worth.

Residents will have a say in the playground models, colors used, the addition of skate parks and other details.

“The purpose of the meeting is to make decisions, and hopefully we will get all the input we need and be able to move forward on them. The quicker we move forward on design, the quicker they go out onto the streets,” said David Creek, assistant director of the parks and community services department.

He expects the projects to be bid in early February and construction to be finished in December 2015. Residents who can’t make the meetings for the parks in north Fort Worth can call Tonda Rice at 817-392-5759.

Northside Park

Planned improvements at Northside Park will focus on new playground equipment, an accessible walkway from the parking lot to tennis courts, a proposal to convert two of the tennis courts to a skate park and a north patio area with new benches and a table.

The money for the 15-acre park would come from the 2004 and 2014 capital improvement funds and gas well funds.

The park has a community center, baseball field, playground, practice soccer fields, a basketball court, four tennis courts, two parking lots, trails and picnic tables.

Terry Park

Only .43 acres, Terry Park includes a half basketball court, playground, lawn space and wood benches.

The proposed improvements include replacing the playground equipment, a new group shelter, refurbishing the existing court or proposing a small skate park, security lighting, a water fountain, new benches and replacing sand with grass.

The money would come from the 2004 and 2014 capital improvement funds, gas well funds and certificates of obligation from 2000.

High Crest Park

High Crest Park is only .74 acres and does not have any facilities.

The proposed improvements include a playground, shelter, a multi-use court, security lighting and benches. The money will come from park dedication fees paid by developers.

Summerfields Park

At 9.4 acres, Summerfields Park already has open space, practice soccer fields, picnic benches, a playground and portable bleacher seating.

The proposed improvements include new playground equipment, security lights, replacement of fields, a new shelter, connecting walkways and new benches. The money would come from 2014 capital improvement funds and certificates of obligation from 2000.

Oakmont Linear Park South

The city is also planning improvements to Oakmont Linear Park South in southwest Fort Worth, valued at $167,571, that could include trails, benches, a scenic overlook and shelter. The money will come from gas well revenue.

The 34.88-acre park does not have any amenities.

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