Forest Hill park to receive nearly $1 million upgrade

Forest Hill will receive almost a half-million dollars to replace old playground equipment, build soccer and football fields and make other improvements to Griggs Park.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department awarded $491,000 to Forest Hill, one of seven cities to receive funds through an outdoor recreation grant program, spokeswoman Venus Wehle said.

The city will contribute money and land valued at about $460,000 as well as volunteer donations of labor and equipment. Almost $1 million will be invested in Griggs Park, Wehle said.

"This is very exciting news for the city of Forest Hill," Mayor James Gosey said in a news release.

"When the renovations are complete, our residents will have a first-class park that they can enjoy for decades to come," Gosey said.

Other sporting facilities included in the park master plan are hiking and biking trails as well as basketball and volleyball courts. The park improvement master plan includes an amphitheater or stage for cultural events, a picnic area and gazebos.

In mid-January, Forest Hill learned that it had received a score of 90 out of 100 points for its improvement project for Griggs Park.

Developer Meto Metiff of Rose Crest Estates donated the 3 acres to the Griggs Park project. The land is valued at $360,000.

Other groups contributing equipment and labor to the project include the Everman school district, the South Tarrant Chamber of Commerce, the Forest Hill Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, the Lions Club and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.