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Posted on: April 10, 2023

It's a Grand Opening Celebration!

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It’s a three-ring celebration in Mansfield this Saturday and you're invited!

City officials are preparing to open three parks chock-full of with new and upgraded amenities in one busy, exciting day.

Watson Branch April 2023 (6)

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, with the grand opening of Watson Branch Park, 1420 Watson Branch Road. 

This new neighborhood park is nearly 11 acres, most of which includes a paved linear trail that runs throughout Watson Branch, a neighborhood off 157 and Mouser Way. The park area includes two playgrounds, a pavilion and picnic tables. 

Gertie Barrett Splash Pad (5)

Once that ribbon is cut, the fun heads to Gertie Barrett Park, another brand-new neighborhood park. At 11 a.m. city officials will officially dedicate this eight-acre park, located at 2121 Gertie Barrett Road. It includes two playgrounds, two pavilions, a looped walking trail, natural areas, a restroom and a splash pad

This park was the highest priority for northwest Mansfield in the 2020 Master Plan.

McClendon West April 2023 (22)

At noon, staff and city leaders will move the party to McClendon Park West, 799 W. Broad Street, for the final ring in the celebration. While originally opened in 1985, the park has been closed since June 2022 for major renovations that replaced the unused softball field with two lighted basketball courts while also adding a new restroom and splash pad. The park also had parking expanded in both areas to accommodate the new visitors expected with the enhanced amenities. 

Once officially open, all three parks will operate on standard neighborhood park hours, open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. The splash pads at Gertie Barrett Park and McClendon Park West will be operating from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, starting with the park opening and through the end of the summer. There is no cost to attend the parks or the splash pads. Click here for more information about Mansfield splash pads.

Residents are encouraged to attend the grand openings on Saturday, April 22, and celebrate this exciting day with city leaders and park officials. 

For more information about Mansfield park projects, visit our update page. For questions about parks, programs, events or any other parks and recreation needs, submit a contact form here and a member of our staff will be in touch!

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