As our city grows, so do our parks and facilities. We are constantly working to expand the locations, amenities and options available to Mansfield residents and have a number of projects in various stages of development within the Parks & Recreation Department oversight. All projects are labeled with their current progress stage and will be updated here as new information becomes available.
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|Phase||Actions in progress||Avg. Time|
Earliest conceptual phase, this is when staff begins to determine the goals, objectives and definition of the project. This includes what amenities and features should be included and what the end result should look like based on the needs identified in the Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan.
Varies by project
Project scopes are refined, concept drawings are tweaked and cost estimates are created in this phase. Once completed, the project is sent to MPFDC for direction. Once approved as a project, it is added to the 10-year strategic plan with a project budget defined. Consultants may be retained to assist with scope and project definition.
Varies by project
Consultants are retained to create design plans and construction documents based on the concepts and goals outlined in the previous stages. Parks staff coordinates with City development services and engineering to review and obtain required permits. At this point, park design and construction plans are established and approved by MPFDC and City Council.
|Advertising & Awards||Contracts are advertised for public bidding according to state purchasing requirements. Staff receives and evaluates bids based on what best meets the the budget and project needs and presents their recommendation to MPFDC. Upon MPFDC approval, the project is presented to City Council for approval by resolution.||3-4 months|
Dirt begins to move. Construction includes all phases from first groundbreaking to final landscaping installation. Work is managed by an independent general contractor with a park planner serving as project manager.
Varies by project scope and size
Once park staff has made all final approvals and signed off on the construction, the job is accepted and contracts are closed. Operations and maintenance is transferred to city staff, who will most likely plan a grand opening or ribbon cutting to celebrate the arrival of a new park or facility.
The 2009 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces Master plan included a spine trail phasing and prioritization plan. The current trail stretches over two miles along Walnut Creek from James McKnight Park East to Historic Downtown Mansfield, just past Town Park on Main St./157, connecting five parks, three neighborhoods and two schools. The project is being developed in phases, with the ultimate goal of stretching from one end of the city limits to the other.
Phase 1: Town Park to McKnight East COMPLETE
- Completed in January 2007, includes the existing Walnut Creek Linear Trail of 1.9 miles of concrete trail and soft surface trails that stretch from Town Park to James McKnight Park East.
In Progress: Walnut Creek Linear Trail Phase 2B COMPLETE
|Location||Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park to SH 360|
|Staff Contact||Chris Ray|
MARCH 2020 UPDATE: An automatic gate has been added at Philip Thompson Soccer Complex to allow for easier access to the WCLT 2B segment during trail hours.
FEBRURY 2020 UPDATE: The Phase 2B segment is now open! It can be accessed from Oliver Nature Park or Philip Thompson Soccer Complex and is open for walking, running and biking from 5 a.m. to 30 min past sundown. Please note, bikes are not allowed in Oliver Nature Park to protect the natural wildlife but may be parked at the connection point or walked through ONP.
- Phase 2B (highlighted in yellow on the map) is a 1.2 mile segment which extends the trail from the back of Oliver Nature Park through Philip Thompson Soccer Complex to a turnaround at the SH360 access road. This section, like the rest of the linear trail, will include 12-ft wide concrete trails ideal for running and biking. Construction began in Spring 2019 and is expected to be completed by Winter 2019.
- Phase 2A will add 12-ft wide concrete trails from Matlock Rd. through and/or around Oliver Nature Park to connect with the 2B segment, which begins at the back of ONP. Until 2A is completed, visitors will travel on the ONP crushed granite trail to reach the 2B extension.
- Phase 2C will take the trail from the turnaround at the end of 2B under the SH360 bridge and end at the Joe Pool Lake recreation area.
In Progress: Walnut Creek Linear Trail Phase 3
|Address||James McKnight Park East to Joe Pool Recreation Area|
|3A Project Stage||Design Development|
|Estimated Completion||Fall 2020|
|3B Project Stage||Planning|
|Staff Contact||James Fish|
- Phase 3 will connect two parks, one school, five neighborhoods, Fieldhouse USA, StarCenter Mansfield and the Shops at Broad development to the Walnut Creek Linear Trail system
- Phase 3A will extend the 12-foot wide, multi-use trail from James McKnight Park East, winding through the Shops at Broad and ending at the intersection of Cannon and Carlin Roads. Phase 3A is currently in the planning phase, working with the developers at Shops at Broad to coordinate construction schedule and design element.
- Phase 3B will complete the connection from Carlin Road at the Shops at Broad along Cannon and Matlock Roads to the entrance of Oliver Nature Park, joining the Phase 2 segment. Phase 3B will complete the trail as one continuous path from Historic Downtown Mansfield to the Joe Pool Lake recreation area.
Phase 4: Main St. to Western Mansfield City Limits
|Address||Main St. to Western City Limits|
|Staff Contact||James Fish|
- Will extend the trail from Town Park under the Main Street bridge, continuing West along Walnut Creek to the western city limits.
- Approximately 2 miles of trails of concrete trails
- Phase 4 of the trail include connection to the Mansfield Dog Park, currently under construction at 604 W. Broad St.
What do the parks mean to you?
As we look to the future, Mansfield Parks & Recreation wants to build a system of parks, facilities and programs that reflect not only the growing and changing demands of the city and environment, but most importantly the ever-evolving needs and desires of its residents. The ten-year master plan is our chance to map out the future and plan ahead to provide citizens with a park system they can be proud of.
The master plan process began with a series of public meetings and surveys, and is now in the data collection and analyzing phase. The advisory committee of staff and community volunteers is evaluating all information and will assemble recommendations based on the results. A final draft is expected to be presented to MPFDC and City Council for approval in fall 2020.