Gertie Barrett Park
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.
Park planners and staff met with residents in an open public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 8, to gather feedback on proposed amenities and layout. The presentation shown at that meeting can be viewed on the documents tab on this page. 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.
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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 Summer 2022.
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