Fort Worth Awarded Grant for Community Park

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Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2016 9:16 pm

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Fort Worth, Texas, has received a $1 million grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to build a new community park in far north Fort Worth. The 2016 Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant funds will be used for Phase I development of the future Alliance community park, scheduled to be developed south of Hwy. 114 and east of I-35W. Phase I will include development of the park drive and parking area, trails and three lighted competition athletic fields.

Land acquisition, funded from park dedication fees, will serve as the city’s match for the grant. Initial development is being coordinated in partnership with Hillwood Properties. Fort Worth was recommended for half of the total statewide allocation from the Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant funds.

The Alliance community park will be built in Council District 7. Councilmember Dennis Shingleton, who represents the area, said a community park is sorely needed in far north Fort Worth.

"The grant and development of the future Alliance community park further demonstrates the city’s commitment to deliver facilities and services to the developing North Fort Worth communities," said Shingleton.

The 2016 Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant program is funded from the sporting goods sales tax and previously allocated Land and Water Conservation Fund revenues, both of which have had the benefit of the Fort Worth City Council’s legislative support.

"Fort Worth has been successful in the grant process largely because of our community partnerships," said Park and Recreation Director Richard Zavala. "In this case, we have been working closely with Hillwood Properties to secure a large community park for far north Fort Worth."

Zavala said the department will continue to work with community and state partners to leverage funds through partnerships and grants.

"The integration of parks and amenities is a critical component to the Alliance Texas vision," said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood. "The Alliance park is one of several steps we are taking to provide active open spaces and ballfields to serve our residents. The City of Fort Worth has been an invaluable partner in this process and we are looking forward to the benefits this grant will bring to the community."

SOURCE: City of Fort Worth

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