FORT WORTH - A proposed master plan for converting Fort Worth's Z Boaz golf course into a park includes a dog park, playgrounds, swimming pool, basketball courts, and trails, green space and scenic overlooks that take advantage of the hilly west Fort Worth property.
Next up: setting priorities and finding money.
City staffers presented a first version Wednesday night in a community meeting at the R.D. Evans Community Center next to Z Boaz.
"The one certainty I know is we're going to put a dog park in it," Mayor Pro Tem W.B. "Zim" Zimmerman, whose district includes Z Boaz, said in an interview. "Other than that, we're going to let the citizens tell us what's going to go in there. We'll decide what the pieces cost, and then we'll decide what's fundable. Some things may not be fundable at all."
The 138-acre Z Boaz will close as a golf course Sept. 30 and reopen the next day as a park.
Changes other than removing unneeded fencing around the park won't be imminent, but users can immediately enjoy the green spaces and trails, said David Creek, an assistant parks director.
Asked at the meeting to identify priorities, residents generally ranked a dog park, playgrounds, trails and benches high. Several ranked a pool lower because of its greater cost. City plans call for a westside pool at some point, but not at a specific site.
"Right now, there's been no cost [and no funding] associated with the master plan," said Scott Penn, a parks superintendent and meeting moderator. "The master plan is as grandiose as you'd like it to be."
With the park proposed to be closed from 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., some residents reiterated that they don't want uses at nightthat could shine a lot of light, but some others said they want the dog park to be lit for nighttime use. A representative of the nearby Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base said the base doesn't want any lighting pointed up.
Some of the plan's features:
An expanded network of trails and many picnic areas, using the golf course's cart paths.
A fenced dog park at the southwest corner. Labeled "ZBonz" on the plan, the concept includes areas for small and large dogs, and a pond converted to a canine swimming hole. The Fort Worth Dog Park Association, which has raised $50,000 for improvements at the Fort Woof dog park on the east side, has offered to help raise money for one at Z Boaz.
Two playgrounds, including one with advanced amenities for children with disabilities recommended by residents in July. Standard playgrounds cost about $140,000 and are accessible to people with disabilities. The other would cost $500,000, parks officials estimate.
A pool with lap lane, "zero-depth beach" and water slide. The pool would be 25 yards long, compared with the 50 yards at the old Forest Park Pool. "It would be heavy on the recreational end, and not on the competition," Creek said. Such a pool would cost about $4 million.
New parking off Lackland Road, the main eastern entry, and Camp Bowie Boulevard, where the dog park would be.
Three covered basketball courts and two uncovered ones, two soccer fields and two practice diamonds.
A fitness trail with 10 stations, suggested by residents.
Two overlooks, a grass ampitheater, a nature preserve, a wetland with water plants, a wildflower area, "kite meadows" and enlarged ponds, including one converted to a kid's fishing hole, suggested by residents.
A skate park next to the private miniature golf course on Calmont Avenue, and possible entry from the putt-putt into the park.
Creek said the park will be considered as an item for the city's planned 2014 bond election.