Parks and Recreation Planning and Projects
Mansfield Dog Park
The City of Mansfield is considering 604 W. Broad St. as the location for the first off-leash dog park. Located just west of Historic Downtown Mansfield, the 10-acre tract is easily accessible and in a prime location near the city's growing business and retail district. The property allows plenty of space for parking and multiple fenced areas, as well as considerable future expansion. The homestead will remain on site and continue to be maintained by the city as a historic landmark, but would stay fenced off from inquisitive pups. The property also sits on Walnut Creek, so future expansions of the award-winning Walnut Creek Linear Trail could include the new dog park. Read more about the planning process here.
Watch Parks & Recreation Director Matt Young's presentation from the public forum below for additional details.
Walnut Creek Linear Park Phase II
The 2009 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces Master plan included a spine trail phasing and prioritization plan. The first priority on this plan was trail segment “I” which is 2.75 miles from Oliver Nature Park through Philip Thompson to Loyd Park on Joe Pool Lake, which is a continuation of the existing Walnut Creek Linear Park. Construction bids have now been posted for this next phase of the Walnut Creek Linear Trail. This section, like the rest of the linear trail, will include 12-ft wide concrete trails ideal for running and biking. Once bids are received and approved by council, construction is expected to begin in January and take approximately one year. Future phases of the trail, such as the section running through the upcoming Shops at Broad Street retail development, will connect these two segments for one long spine trail that spans the city from East to West.
Walnut Creek Linear Trail-North Main Extension
Construction continues on a new extension of the Walnut Creek Linear Trail to connect the award-winning trail system to Historic Downtown Mansfield. The trail, which now ends at North Park, will connect walkers and cyclists on 12-foot wide lighted trails along both sides of Main Street between Pleasant Ridge Drive and Oak Street. Some portions will run alongside the roadway, others will be on-street with concrete safety barriers. Crews have completed the bulk of the construction on the east side sidewalk, including a barrier and lighting to form a safe, accessible trail for walking or biking. Lighting, landscaping and other 'soft scape' projects will continue while the major work shifts to the west side. Planners expect the project to be completed in the Spring of 2019.
Parks & Recreation and CVB Admin Building
The Mansfield Parks, Recreation, Convention and Visitors Bureau Administration Building on Matlock Drive is progressing quickly, right on schedule for a Winter 2019 opening. It includes 20 offices for staff, two conference rooms, a work room and one large community meeting & education space.
Parks Master Plan
In the spring of 2018, Mansfield Parks & Recreation held a series of public forum meetings to gather feedback on the existing athletic fields as we look ahead to the next 20 years. Based on those meetings, additional staff research and trend forecasting, staff has been developing a 10-year master plan to guide construction and redevelopment of current and future athletic fields to best meet the growing city's needs and desires. An outside consultant is currently developing final drafts of the site master plans for James McKnight Park East and Michael L. Skinner Sports Complex. Cost estimates are also being developed for each complex, including options for phasing in the improvements. Final drafts will be prepared and approved by MPFDC and City Council. Staff will begin a department-wide master plan in early 2019, to look at plans and goals for all parks, programming and future development over the next ten years. The process will include surveys, public forums, meetings with focus groups representing different user groups and research from consultants and staff. Look for more details about these proceedings starting in January 2019.