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Agreement with county prompts removal of amenities at Echo Lake Park

Posted Nov. 7, 2017

Residents near Echo Lake Park will see some activity in the area soon as the city takes steps to fulfill a property maintenance agreement to remove amenities that no longer meet regulations.

The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department has recently taken over ownership and maintenance of Echo Lake Park from Tarrant County. This is consistent with an inter-local agreement with Tarrant County, which was authorized by the City Council on March 21, 2017.

Due to a combination of safety concerns and the need to fulfill certain terms of the agreement — namely, that the city will remove any site furnishings that do not meet regulations within 90 days — the Park & Recreation Department has started removing the large group shelter (wood and stone), several picnic tables and two restroom facilities.

Additionally, the department will be performing some parking lot striping and wheel stop placement once the unsafe structures in the park have been demolished.

About the park

Over half a century ago, Tarrant County had the foresight to preserve 41.3 acres of inner-city parkland, located in District 9 just off I-35 between East Berry and East Ripy streets. This area would eventually become Echo Lake Park.

This year, the county and the City of Fort Worth have come together to determine how best to provide oversight and development of this park, which has become beloved and heavily-utilized by the local community.

In the coming years, the Park & Recreation Department will create a master plan for Echo Lake Park to cast a vision for future improvements.

To learn more about the project, contact Park & Recreation District Superintendent Scott Penn at 817-392-5750.

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