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Parks & Recreation

Posted on: September 20, 2021

September Project Update

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We're working to build a better Mansfield, and we are so thankful for our incredibly connected community that's willing to help! 

Through surveys, online submissions and public feedback events, we've been gathering your input on our current projects to ensure everything we build and do reflects the Mansfield parks you want to see. All of these projects were identified via the research and engagement process used over the two-year 2020 Parks Master Plan process, which included over 50 projects and nearly 100 strategies. Read the full master plan and see all the projects on our website here.

We're excited to share a status update on three major projects in the works right now. Remember, you can always find information about parks projects on our project tracking site, and sign up for email alerts to be notified of any new developments. We're committed to the future and we couldn't do it without you!

rec center buttonRecreation Center & Library Feasibility Study

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 used public feedback and industry data to create a specific vision for a center that would match what residents want and need. 

In an update to City Council on Sept. 13, the team shared the proposed features identified as highest priorities. 

Proposed amenities include:

  • Adventure track
  • Cardio/weight equipment
  • Gymnasium
  • Group fitness space
  • Indoor pool with zero-depth entry, lap lanes and room for classes
  • Lazy river
  • Slides and other water play features
  • Children’s library and program space
  • Adult, teen and juvenile collections
  • Makerspace
  • Computer lab/access
  • Large event/rental space
  • Multipurpose classrooms/party rooms
  • Indoor playground
  • Quiet work/study spaces
  • Cafe/concession
  • Outdoor courtyard with work spaces
  • Connection to Walnut Creek Linear Trail

The project now moves to the second phase, making floor plan/layout choices and operational plans. Upon completion in November, the study will produce a specific outline of amenities and design concepts.

At this time, there is no funding allocated or committed for any steps beyond the feasibility study. The multigenerational center project is scheduled to be included in a May 2022 bond election to give voters an opportunity to approve funding to design and construct the facility.

Find any relevant information, presentations and handouts regarding this park project on its update page here.

Veterans Memorial ConceptVeterans Memorial at Julian Feild Park

The City Council's Public Memorials Sub-Committee and the Mansfield Veterans Memorial and Tribute Foundation have developed concepts for a Veterans Memorial to be added at Julian Feild Park. Those concepts were presented by the designer at an open public meeting in August. 

Residents were given a chance to to view the drawings up close, hear from the architect and staff, share feedback and get any and all questions regarding the project answered.

At this time there is no funding allotted or timeline set for the completion of the Veterans Memorial. The final concept will be submitted for consideration as part of the upcoming bond package. A committee of residents is set to review all possible projects and recommend the highest priority items to the City Council. Mansfield voters will have the opportunity to approve funding for the projects they support in the May 2022 election. If approved, the Veterans Memorial will then move forward with final design and construction. 

Find any relevant information, presentations and handouts regarding this park project on its update page here.

gertie barrett meetingGertie 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 Garrettson Lane, was purchased years ago to serve as future parkland and was the highest priority project in this quadrant. In July 2021, City Council allocated funding to develop this park and bring residents much-needed space and amenities.

Earlier this month, City staff and designers met with residents in an open public meeting to gather feedback on the concepts, overall plans and answer any questions regarding the process. Based on those conversations, as well as feedback gathered during the master plan, the park will include a playground, parking lot, splash pad, walking trail and open natural spaces. 

Planners are currently finalizing the design and hope to begin construction this winter, with projected completion in Summer 2022.

Find any relevant information, presentations and handouts regarding this park project on its update page here.

Linear Trail Expansion

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. Construction is nearing the final stages and should be completed this fall.

As always, all project updates and news can be found on the Projects & Feedback page. Please submit any questions or comments to or by using the form available on that page.

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