In a few short days Mansfield city leaders will celebrate the opening of the city’s first skateboard park and splash pad during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Clayton W. Chandler Park.
The grounds of the park have been closed most of the year for the massive $3.4 million renovation.
“We took the existing area, just under seven acres, and basically retrofitted the park,” Christopher Ray, park planner said. “Everything is new with exception of the two existing tennis courts which have been refurbished.”
Upon arriving at the park, located at 1535 N. Walnut Creek Drive, visitors will notice a plethora of community-friendly activity options that include: two 1/2 court basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, two new playgrounds, a walking trail with fitness equipment, a half-acre fishing pond and the city’s first-ever skateboarding plaza and first public splash pad.
The 3000 sq. foot splash pad is interactive said Ray.
“Users will have to activate the splash mechanism by pushing a button to turn on the system,” he said. “After a certain time it turns itself off so we don’t waste water. It also runs a low energy recycling system located beneath the pad recycling the water on-site.”
On the north side of the park are retrofitted pavilions complete with electricity, for rental. There is also a nearby barbecue space and picnic area.
“There is a lot of activity and focus in this area,” Ray said. “We were going for a Kathrine Rose Park concept where there were a lot of activity elements focus on different age groups and genera.”
The pond has a man-made creek leading up to it that taps into a well which will help keep it full during the hot Texas summers. Anglers will be able to fish from the catch and release pond.
Ray said he anticipates the skateboarding area to be wildly popular.
“I believe this area will be in high demand once it opens,” he said. “It’s designed for the beginner to intermediate skateboarders. I’m already thinking we may one day have to build a larger one.”
Shelly Lanners, Deputy City Manager for the City of Mansfield said the project has transformed Chandler Park from a park focused primarily on athletics to a community park with a variety of amenities for all ages.
“We have our park system’s first splash pad and our first park space dedicated for skate boarding. There is something for everyone in the community in this park,” she said. “That’s particularly fitting for the park named for our long time City Manager Clayton Chandler. Throughout his 33 years in this city, he has been dedicated to building a community that provides services and programs to improve the quality of life for all residents. This park is a beautiful reflection of that dedication.”
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If you go
▪ WHAT: Clayton W. Chandler Park Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
▪ WHEN: Saturday, August 19 at 9am
▪ WHERE: Clayton W. Chandler Park - 1535 N Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield.