City Council adopts Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan

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The Fort Worth City Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the 2015 Park, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan for Fort Worth at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Kyle Jensen, chair of the Fort Worth Parks Committee, detailed some of the issues with the parks during the meeting.

“[Right now], the parks space in the Alliance Gateway doesn’t look much like parks at all,” he said. “It’s more like swampland or a Louisiana bayou.”

The plan includes an updated park facility inventory, current demographics, population growth projections to 2025, current trends and a geographically defined level of service for dog parks, skate parks and universal playgrounds.

The council approved the plan after several complaints from members of the North Fort Worth Alliance in the fall regarding parks in the northern part of Fort Worth.

The Parks and Community Services Advisory Board and the City Plan Commission endorsed the plan in mid-December. The plan will serve as a “guide for [the] allocation of resources” in regards to the city’s park, recreation and open space system.

“I’m excited to see the vision become a reality,” Jensen said.

North Fort Worth Alliance President Rusty Fuller emphasized the importance of continuing to improve the plan before new problems arise.

“It’s a problem for us,” Fuller said. "We’re living in it. Let’s not have it happen in other places in Fort Worth as they grow.”

Fuller added the North Fort Worth Alliance is ready to assist however possible.

“We stand ready to help,” he said. “We’re not here to just give you an issue and walk away.”

Councilmember Dennis Shingleton affirmed the importance of the issue and promised that they would work to put the plan in practice.

“It never falls on deaf ears. This parks issue has been in the forefront of this council’s initiatives before the bonds package.” he said. “We will work on that together. We promise you.”

“Things like infrastructure in that park are things we’re catching up on,” District 4 Representative Daniel Scarth said. “The parks are gonna catch up.”

“We’ll continue to work on those things and look at the best practices,” he said.

Jensen was quick to mention he and Fuller would repay the council’s efforts.

“And we’ll keep paying our taxes,” he said.

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