Current Park Project Updates
This is your city, and these are your parks. Public feedback and involvement in all development, renovation and expansion of our parks and recreation system is incredibly crucial to every decision made.
We appreciate Mansfield residents' appreciation for and dedication to our parks, and most of all for your continued participation in the process as we work to grow and improve. Each project is based off needs and desires established in the 2020 Master Plan after nearly two years of feedback with multiple groups of stakeholders as well as data from industry standards and experts. Once underway, all projects also includes opportunities for public feedback in varying degrees and levels of involvement depending on the scope of the work and other factors.
Details on current park projects are available in the pages below, with additional information added as it is available. Upcoming public meetings, surveys and other opportunities for feedback will be posted on these pages as well as on our social media accounts. We also welcome questions, thoughts and ideas at any time via email to email@example.com or with the contact form below. Use the form to send staff a message and/or to sign up for email alerts for news about any of the projects listed.
IN PROGRESS: PHASE 3B (Cannon/Carlin intersection to Oliver Nature Park)
IN PROGRESS: 4A (Town Park under Main Street/157 Bridge)
RECENTLY COMPLETE: 3A (McKnight Park East to Cannon/Carlin Roads)
- Construction began February 2021, completed December 2021
- One-mile paved, 12-ft wide trail from the rear of McKnight Park East, around the Shops at Broad development to connect with existing sidewalks at Cannon and Carlin Roads
McClendon Parks East and West are getting some really fun upgrades! We are currently in the design concept phase and working with planners and architects to figure out the layout and amenities. Stay tuned for updates, concepts and more information as it becomes available.
Construction timelines will be set as soon as design work is complete.
Gertie Barrett Park will be a new neighborhood park to serve residents in the northwest quadrant of Mansfield, an area identified in our 2020 master plan as moderate to highest need of park space and amenities. The property, located off Gertie Barrett Road near Business 287/Main Street and Garretson Lane, was purchased years ago to serve as future parkland and was the highest priority project in this quadrant. In May 2021, Mansfield City Council allocated funding to develop this park and bring residents much-needed space and amenities.
Jan 2022 Update
Currently working on finalizing design and creating construction documents, slight delay due to drainage issues and necessary infrastructure addition. Expect to begin construction in Spring 2022.
Park planners and staff met with residents in an open public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to gather feedback on proposed amenities and layout. Click here to view the presentation slides shown at the meeting. Based on the input received at that meeting, as well as direct conversations with citizens via phone, email and in-person meetings, designers will make adjustments to the final plans before proceeding to construction. Final layout will be released when available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where will the park be located?
Gertie Barrett Park will be on an 8-acre parcel of city-owned property at the corner of Gertie Barrett Road and Garretson Lane.
What amenities will be included in the park?
The preliminary concept, based on feedback gathered in the master plan, includes a playground, splash pad, walking trail and open space. Final decisions will be made based on public feedback.
Why are you building a park here and not somewhere else in Mansfield?
In October 2020, the City adopted a ten-year master plan for parks and recreation development in Mansfield that includes 60 projects and over 100 strategies. Adding a neighborhood park was the number one priority for the northwest quadrant of the city (North of Walnut Creek, West of Hwy 287) due to the recent population growth and lack of park amenities in the area to serve the new residents. This particular property was purchased years ago by Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation to become a future park, which we are now able to construct thanks to available funding.
Why isn’t the park bigger?
Gertie Barrett Park will be a neighborhood park, which is classified as a smaller (5-10 acre) park intended to serve residents in the immediate half-mile radius. These parks typically do not have restrooms or a wide range of amenities as would be found in a larger community park. All cities need a mix of park types in each area to serve different resident needs. Other neighborhood parks in Mansfield include Donald Barg and Harold Bell parks. Katherine Rose, Town and Clayton Chandler parks are classified as community parks.
How much will this park cost?
The budget for design and construction is $1.5 million.
When will construction start? When will it be complete?
Construction is scheduled to begin this winter and be completed by late summer 2022.
How can I get involved or find more information?
Sign up on our website to receive email notifications about project updates and follow @MansfieldTxParks on social media for news.
Katherine Rose Memorial Park (303 N. Walnut Creek Drive) has been a community favorite since it opened 25 years ago, but has yet to see any major upgrades or renovations. The park was marked as the number one priority in the southwest quadrant in the 2020 Master Plan due to the high visibility, high use, sentimental value and facility age. Mansfield City Council allocated funding in May 2021 to bring some exciting updates to this beloved park.
Based on feedback from community engagement during the 2020 master plan, the goal is to include a new destination playground, with features and amenities unlike any other park in Mansfield that will be a source of pride for residents and attract visitors from around the area, a playground optimized for kids of all abilities to play together.
Early on in the design discussions, staff and planners realized we needed a comprehensive plan for the entire park space, as well as the adjoining properties, to ensure any current renovations fit into the City's long-term plans and needs. In Fall 2021, staff began working with a design firm to create a master plan of Katherine Rose Memorial Park and Hardy Allmon Soccer complex that includes the upgraded, inclusive playground and layout improvements for an enhanced experience for all users.
Once the master plan is complete, we will begin public feedback stages and establish a timeline for renovation phases.