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Fort Worth parks to get $6.1 million in upgrades

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price had a news conference in Gateway Park in July.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price had a news conference in Gateway Park in July. Star-Telegram archives

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending a total of $6.1 million to develop and improve Northwest Community Park, Chisholm Trail Community Park and Gateway Park.

Northwest Community Park is getting $819,429 from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grant for a concrete trail, a soft-surface hiking trail, a fishing pier, signs, parking, metal gates, fencing, a junior soccer field with goals, picnic tables and site re-vegetation.

Construction should be completed by summer.

The council also approved spending $1.94 million of a state grant to redevelop Gateway Park in east Fort Worth, including replacing concrete trails; demolishing pedestrian bridges and installing new ones; and adding concrete trails, a trail head, a picnic pavilion, park furniture, a portable toilet enclosure facility and solar-powered security lighting. The grant also has $3.2 million for future improvements.

Construction should be finished by December.

The Chisholm Trail Community Park got $3.4 million as part of the 2014 bond program. The first phase includes two soccer fields, a skate park, concrete or hard-scape trails, and parking. That phase should open by May 2016.

All the contracts were awarded to the Fain Group.

Mayor Betsy Price was absent.

Caty Hirst, 817-390-7984

Twitter: @catyhirst

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