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Tandy Hills Natural Area receives Lone Star Legacy designation

Posted March 1, 2017

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Tandy Hills Natural Area is among five Texas parks designated as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.

A Lone Star Legacy Park is a park that holds special prominence in the local community and in Texas. To qualify for consideration, the park must have endured the test of time and become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on its grounds. Nominated parks must be at least 50 years old and must meet at least one of these criteria:

  • The property represents distinctive design and/or construction.
  • The park is associated with historic events or sites.
  • The park is associated with events specific to the local community and state.
  • The park is home to unique natural features.

Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View St., is an indigenous remnant of original Fort Worth prairie, centrally located less than five miles from downtown. It is surrounded by the West Meadowbrook neighborhood and I-30. The 105.25 acres was purchased by the City of Fort Worth in 1960 for $173,250.

Noted for its unusually complete collection of prairie flora, Tandy Hills contains more than 600 native plant species. The land is a living example of how most of Fort Worth and the Great Plains appeared in predevelopment times.

Tandy Hill is the third park in the Fort Worth park system that has received this honor. It follows the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

“The fact that the Tandy Hills parkland has never been plowed or developed and has survived into the 21st century in relatively pristine condition is remarkable,” said Don Young, president of Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area. “It is a living museum and textbook that connects people across Texas to one of our natural ecosystems that is all but extinct.”

The other parks recognized this year include Parque Zaragoza, Austin; Kiest Park, Dallas; Kempner Park and Memorial Park, Houston; and Cypress Bend Park, New Braunfels.

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