Happy Birthday MAC!
We're celebrating 20 years of the Mansfield Activities Center and you're invited to the party! Join us Thursday, April 22 for a special birthday party with free games, activities and giveaways as well as our Summer Discount Day. As an extra bonus, we're giving everyone 20% off all program fees...our BIGGEST Discount Day ever!
Register online anytime between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. for the discount, or stop by the MAC, located at 106 S. Wisteria, for birthday fun. We'll have games, prizes, treats and more from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 4 to 6 p.m. Wondering what sort of camps and classes you can choose from? Click here to scroll our online recreation guide.
Park Development News
The 2020 Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan was adopted in October and we are already hard at work on many of the projects and initiatives outlined in the plan, which was driven by feedback from residents like you who want to see us continue to grow and improve! Here's what you can look forward to over the next few months:
Walnut Creek Linear Trail Expansion
Construction began in February on Walnut Creek Linear Trail Phase 3A, which will extend the existing trail for an additional mile from James McKnight Park East around and through the Shops at Broad development, connecting with existing sidewalks at Cannon and Carlin Roads. The project is scheduled to be completed by late summer.
McClendon Park East Renovation
Home to the oldest playground equipment in the city, McClendon Park East (740 W. Kimball) is getting some long overdue upgrades! Currently in the design phase, staff is working on new and upgraded amenities, overall park layout changes and a nature trail connection to McClendon Park West. Construction timelines will be set as soon as design work is complete; check our website and social media for updates as they are available.
Skinner Sports Complex Parking & Roadway Updates
Improvements to the Skinner Sports Complex parking lots and roadway are scheduled to begin in May 2021 to hopefully get you in and out of games faster and easier. The work includes updates and realignments to the entryway, expanded parking lots and fresh asphalt throughout. The project is being done in partnership with Tarrant County at a significant cost savings to the City.
New Recreation Center & Library
This month, City Council approved a feasibility study to begin preparing for a new multigenerational recreation center and library facility, which was the top priority out of our 2020 Master Plan. This study will include residents, staff and industry experts to determine what elements should be included, such as fitness equipment, indoor aquatics, rental space and more, and begin mapping out an overall style and design framework. Stay tuned for news on what will be many opportunities for feedback, as we want to be sure the facility reflects the people who will use it! This process, which should take 6-8 months, will determine a scope, conceptual images, cost estimates and proposed timeline for the facility, but there is currently no funding allocated or commitment to any steps beyond the feasibility study.
Turner Warnell Median
As roadways are expanded, the Parks Planning division oversees the design and construction of median enhancements to ensure all improvements meet our standards of beautification. The section of Turner Warnell from State Hwy 157/Main Street to Calendar Lane was recently completed, as was our planners’ design for the landscaping enhancements, which will be installed over the summer and scheduled to be completed this Fall.
Our parks crews have been hard at work getting your fields and playgrounds ready for spring and summer...our peak seasons! All athletic fields were fertilized, weeded and touched up to get ready for spring seasons. Many of our parks needed repairs to irrigation systems and restroom/water fountain plumbing due to freeze damage in the winter storm. All repairs have been completed and the pipes are flowing problem-free again. We are still monitoring and/or working to replace plants in medians and beds that were lost in the freeze, but overall staff is cautiously optimistic that the damage was not as bad as it could have been.
As always, our team is also working hard to combat intentional damage like graffiti and litter. Additional stepping stones were added in the wildflower field at Oliver Nature Park to reduce wear on the bluebonnet crop. New benches were added at Mans Best Field Dog Park, and the dog water fountains repaired. The public restrooms under construction as part of the Man House information center are scheduled to be complete in early Fall.
Chandler Park Splash Pad
The splash pad at Clayton W. Chandler Park (1530 N Walnut Creek Drive) will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 28. The splash pad water is on from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day throughout the summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, the splash pad will moved to the fall schedule; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. The water feature closes for the season on Sept. 30. There is no charge to visit the splash pad, but seating is first come, first served and in high demand during the hot summer days. The splash pad cannot be reserved for private functions, but the pavilions nearby are available for rental, which guarantees your guests a place to sit and snack between splashes. Contact the MAC (817) 728-3680 or visit our website for rental information.
Most of our programs and classes have returned, but with reduced capacity and limited shared surfaces to help prevent the spread of the virus. Masks are not required to enter the Mansfield Activities Center but are still strongly encouraged. Staff and instructors will continue to wear masks any time they cannot socially distance from the public, and masks may be required in programs where a safe social distance is not possible. Click here for more information about our current COVID changes and protocols, or for questions about a specific program or the MAC policies, please contact staff at (817) 728-3680.
Having Fun in 2021
It’s been a trying time, but in 2021 we are focusing on the fun...celebrating every little moment of everyday magic! Staff is issuing good behavior citations, we’ve got free scavenger hunts you whole family can complete together, and we’ve got more than a few exciting things up our sleeves for the next few months, including a totally Not So Bummer Summer. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss a moment of fun, and let us know if you have any questions, concerns or ideas. We love to hear from you!