Mansfield News

Pond Branch Park to add green in historic downtown

Next year people will be able to walk from Katherine Rose Memorial Park to downtown after the Pond Branch Linear Park is complete.

The city has plans to add the trail park that will run almost parallel to Main Street next year.

“As historic downtown continues to evolve and grow and future developments come, we’re hopeful this trail can become a catalyst to spur some of that development,” Senior Parks Planner James Fish said.

The 10-foot-wide hike and bike trail is more pedestrian friendly and will run about third of a mile. The plans show trailheads along Oak, Kimball and Broad streets.

The park would feature the same asthetic as other Mansfield parks including the same ashlar and flagstone sandstone and Texas native plants.

The trail would also run on the underpass at East Broad Street just east of Main Street along the creek.

The park is still in the concept design stages. Fish said the city already owns most of the right of way for the park, but it is in negotiations for three parcels of land.

The park should come before the city council later this year and they hope to bid the project out in early 2016. He said the park should be open by Fall 2016.

Fish estimates the park will cost about $3.4 million from the city’s half-cent sales tax.

He said this park has been in the master plan, but was bumped up due to downtown activity.

“The ultimate goal is to be able to come from the western city limits or the eastern city limits to the downtown area on a multi-model mode of transportation, without ever having to get in a car,” he said.

Parks staff say the park’s trail system is getting great usage and estimate hundreds of users on weekdays and thousands on the weekends.

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770

Twitter: @dustindangli