The new year is in full swing and Mansfield’s Parks & Recreation team is full steam ahead on projects, progress and more. Read all about it in the Winter 2020 Update:
Mans Best Field Dog Park
Construction is nearing completion on Mans Best Field, Mansfield’s first off-leash dog park set to open in early March. The park, located at 610 W. Broad Street, is on the homestead of our city co-founder Ralph Man just a few blocks off Historic Downtown Mansfield. The house is being restored and will open this summer as a museum, but the dog park is brand-new and almost ready for play! Phase one of the dog park will include four fenced in paddocks on the gorgeous, wooded lot that offers natural shade and play space for pups big and small. The park will be open to residents and non-residents, but all dogs must be current on vaccinations and city registration. Look for more updates on the opening day, including a special grand opening celebration, in the coming weeks.
Walnut Creek Linear Trail Phase 2B
Mansfield’s most popular trail is expanding again! A new, 12-foot wide concrete trail has been added to extend from the rear loop at Elmer W. OIiver Nature Park to the SH-360 service road. The over mile long extension winds through gorgeous trees and offers unique overlooks to Walnut Creek’s babbling brook below. Guests can access the trail from Oliver Nature Park or from the trailhead at Phillip Thompson Soccer Complex, 1701 North Holland Road. There is no parking or access from the 360 turnaround, but a future phase of the trail plans to take the path from that point, under SH-360, to ultimately reach the Joe Pool Lake Recreation area. Please note, while bikes are welcome on all paved areas of the linear trail, they are still NOT permitted on the granite trails at Oliver Nature Park (ONP). Due to the unique natural preserve of botany and wildlife within ONP, bikes must be parked or walked before entering that park. A future segment of the trail will add concrete paths for bikes to connect the new segment with on-street linear trails at Matlock Road, offering bikes a longer, more complete path. In the meantime, this new trail gives walkers, runners and nature lovers an exciting and unique view of Mansfield’s gorgeous natural scapes.
Walnut Creek Linear Trail Phase 3
Park planners are in the design phase of the next segment of the Walnut Creek Linear Trail, which will extend the trail from James McKnight Park East, through the Shops at Broad development, and eventually connecting to Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park. The trail route through the Shops at Broad is being designed in conjunction with the current retail construction, adding a unique natural element to the commercial space. The off-street trail will end at Carlin Road. From that point, the trail will most likely be constructed as an expanded sidewalk adjacent to the roadway along Cannon Drive and Matlock Road. The trail will then meet up with the on-street/off-street trail just north of the Walnut Creek Bridge. Look for more information about this project, including conceptual drawings and construction timelines, later this spring.
Parks Ten Year Master Plan
The Mansfield Park Facilities Development Corporation and Advisory Committee are just over halfway through the ten-year master plan process. After many long months of collecting and analyzing data, growth projections and community feedback, the draft of our plan is almost complete. In the next few months, we’ll be sharing survey results, draft proposals, and opportunities for additional feedback. Community involvement is the most important part of our process as the department hopes to produce parks and facilities that truly reflect the needs and desires of our residents. Follow the Facebook page for more information or visit our website here for further updates on the master plan.
Spring and Summer Camps & Classes
Our Recreation staff kicked off the new year with a flurry of new classes and events, offering something for every interest and age. You can see all of the classes in the spring guide, online here. For information about spring break camps and classes, click here. Summer camps, including our popular Kids Zone Day Camp, open for registration on Monday, March 23. The MAC will be hosting a Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, March 21, for parents to come hear from a variety of local businesses offering summer camps, including our own. Mark your calendars to join us and make this a summer your kids will never forget!
Sixty Years of Mansfield Parks
Mansfield’s first park, Julian Feild, opened in the spring of 1960. That means our residents have been enjoying parks, natural areas and unique recreation options for sixty fun years! We’re celebrating the anniversary with throwback photos, pop up events, and a challenge to enjoy our parks in sixty new ways. Find all the details on those events on our website here, and be sure and share your photos and memories as we celebrate six decades of play and progress in Mansfield.