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Parks & Recreation

Posted on: August 25, 2021

Park Project Update & Public Meetings Scheduled

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What's happening in Mansfield Parks? A lot! Keep reading for details about two important public feedback meetings, as well as other park projects and development news.

Veterans Memorial at Julian Feild Park

The City Council's Public Memorials Sub-Committee and the Mansfield Veterans Memorial Foundation have developed concepts for a Veterans Memorial to be added at Julian Feild Park. Those concepts will be presented for feedback at an open meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31 at City Hall.

Residents are invited to view the drawings up close, hear from the architect and staff, and share feedback. Comments may also be submitted to

Veterans Memorial Public Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 6:30pm
Mansfield City Hall

1200 E. Broad, Mansfield TX 76063

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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 July 2021, Mansfield City Council allocated funding to develop this park and bring residents much-needed space and amenities.

Residents are invited to an open meeting with park staff and designers to share ideas and feedback about the amenities and spaces that matter most to your neighborhood. Comments may also be submitted to

Gertie Barrett Park Public Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 6:30pm
Linda Jobe Middle School

2491 Gertie Barrett Road, Mansfield TX 76063

Future Recreation Center and Library

All summer, city staff has been working with a steering committee of residents, board representatives and City Council members on a feasibility study looking at a new library/recreation center with fitness and aquatics. This was the top priority in the 2020 Master Plan and would be funded by a future bond election. The committee and consultants are currently using the public feedback and industry data/standards to narrow down the proposed amenities and vision for the center. An update to City Council is currently planned for mid-September; more information will be released as it is available.

For additional details about the project, click here to read the FAQ and see videos and presentations of public meetings held over the last few months.

Walnut Creek Linear Trail 3A

Construction began in February 2021 on WCLT Phase 3A, which will extend the current trail for an additional mile of 12-foot wide paved pathways from McKnight Park East around and through the Shops at Broad development before connecting with existing sidewalks at Cannon and Carlin Roads. Keep an eye out for brief lane and/or road closures as the construction gets closer to the roadways; all closures will be announced on social media and should not block any residential or business access.

Work is on schedule to be completed in early Fall. For additional details about the trail segment plans, click here for the project page.

Other Park Projects & Development

Never a dull moment! We have a number of existing park improvement projects in the works that are smaller or too early in the process for full updates. Those include but are not limited to:

  • Skinner Sports Complex: Parking lot and entry drive upgrades completed in a partnership with Tarrant County will add an additional lane and paved spaces to alleviate many concerns at the sports complex.
  • Katherine Rose Memorial Park: Design work will begin this Fall to create a destination playground that is optimized for all-abilities. More information and opportunities for public feedback and involvement will be available as the process continues.
  • McClendon Parks: Both McClendon Parks are getting upgrades, with a new playground coming to McClendon East (Kimball St.) and a splash pad, basketball court and additional parking to McClendon West (Broad St.) Design is in the early stages; concepts and more details will be announced soon. Work is expected to begin later this fall with a completion goal in mid 2022.
  • Mans Best Field Dog Park: An information center for the Man House Museum has been completed, including restrooms open to dog park visitors. The new information center will officially open on Saturday, August 28, as part of the Founder's Day Festival. Click here for more information about that event.


As always, updates on these projects can be found on our My Mansfield Parks: Project Tracker page, where you can sign up for alerts about any specific project or contact staff with questions or ideas. Thank you for helping us build a better Mansfield!

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