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*F.J. "Red" Kane Park
6500 S. Cooper St., Arlington
There's lots to love at this Arlington park: lots of shade, a large pond with ducks, geese and turtles, lots of squirrels, brand-new playground equipment, walking trails, plenty of picnic tables, and a huge field for playing ball or chase. Submitted by Cheryl
*Thomas Place Community Center and Park
4237 Lafayette Ave., Fort Worth
Located a block south of Camp Bowie Blvd., the park at Thomas Place is tucked between a few houses, plenty of trees and behind the Thomas Place Community Cente. It's almost empty during the day until kids show up for the after-school programs. There are two infant swings and two regular swings, plus some playground equipment. It's a popular place for people in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. There's also a basketball court and a good-sized field that's perfect for a game of catch or soccer. Submitted by Mercedes
*Arcadia Trail Park
north Fort Worth
This a great place for the family. Miles of paved nature trails create a green belt through several neighborhoods (Park Glen, mostly). In addition to green space for pickup soccer games there are also disc golf stations, playground equipment for kids and information stations about wetlands. Be warned, there are no restrooms. Mapsco 36K, U and Q. We drive to the area and park on Parkside Trail off Basswood Boulevard. Submitted by Mer
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Near N. Beach Street and Pepperbush Drive in north Fort Worth
This quiet neighborhood park is a favorite with families as well as teens. A lush green belt runs along a creek providing a taste of nature in the heart of suburbia. There is shelter and modest playground equipment. Be warned, there are no restrooms.