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New Dream Park helps make Fort Worth a better, more inclusive community for future generations

Posted April 11, 2019

Dream Park playground
For the last five years, Dream Park Fort Worth has worked with the city to design and construct this $3.1 million playground.

On Monday, April 15, the long-held dream of three passionate community members will finally be realized with the ribbon-cutting celebration for Frank Kent’s Dream Park, a play space custom-designed for children of all abilities to explore, learn and play.

Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Trinity Park, this 57,000 square-foot playground is set to become one of the largest play spaces of its kind in the state. Its size is only surpassed by its ambitious, inclusive vision: a place where kids of all abilities can share adventures together.

The state-of-the-art park far exceeds guidelines established by the Americans With Disabilities Act: its amenities include poured-in-place rubber surfacing for wheelchairs and individuals with limited mobility, adaptive swings for toddlers and children with low muscle tone, a stainless-steel roller slide that won’t short-out kids’ hearing devices, and much more. In addition, there are interactive and musical elements scattered throughout the playground to provide a truly sensory-rich environment that sparks curiosity and imagination.

This park couldn’t have arrived at a better time for the 15th largest city in the country. According to the Texas Workforce Investment Council, 203,041 individuals in Tarrant County have a disability. Approximately 29,000 students in Tarrant County are in need of special education services, according to Growing Up in North Texas’ community assessment.

A dream becomes a reality

The development of the park has involved an ongoing collaboration between dedicated community members Rachael Churchill, Sandy Mesch and Corrie Watson, and the City of Fort Worth. Almost $3 million was raised for the park’s creation through grassroots fundraising efforts, bolstered through generous contributions from the title sponsor Frank Kent and many other community organizations.

“Dream Park represents what Fort Worth strives to be: a generous, inclusive and active community where every child can thrive,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Opening Dream Park in the heart of our city represents our vision for a better Fort Worth that all families can be proud of for generations to come.”

“Fort Worth’s park system has existed for over a century, and we are thrilled to add to that legacy through the creation of this Dream Park,” added Richard Zavala, director of Fort Worth’s Park & Recreation Department.

“This project is a testament to what can be accomplished through cooperation and the pursuit of a shared dream. Moreover, it perpetuates the legacy of community giving in support of Trinity Park, which has benefitted from the generous contributions of many organizations throughout its history. I am certain that the project sponsors’ deep compassion, generosity, and determination to build a more inclusive Fort Worth will echo in the happy smiles of the children – and their caregivers – who visit this park for many years.”

The Dream Park’s playground equipment was provided by Landscape Structures, an industry leader in creating inclusive play environments, and Dean Construction. The playground itself was designed by Arlington-based Schrickel, Rollins & Associates.

Frank Kent’s Dream Park joins Patricia La Blanc Park in southwest Fort Worth as the city’s second inclusive playground.

Dedication information and Mayfest schedule

The public is invited to the ribbon-cutting celebration of Frank Kent’s Dream Park at noon Monday, April 15. Kona Ice will be on-site from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. giving away free shaved ice.

The playground will remain open through Easter weekend, April 21, before temporarily closing on Monday, April 22, to accommodate preparations for the 47th annual Mayfest festival. The playground will be open to all Mayfest attendees during the festival, and will reopen to the public on May 9.

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Spring Lock In at Como Community Center: 8 a.m. April 18, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. April 18, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 18, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Work Session Following Public Hearing: 10 a.m. April 18, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. April 18, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Special Meeting: 4 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Greenbriar Community Center: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Fort Worth Affordability, Inc. Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Board of Directors Special Meeting: 5 p.m. April 18, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office, Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street, Fort Worth, Texas.
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Southwest Boulevard Bike Lanes Project Meeting: 7 p.m. April 18, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Collective Bargaining Public Notice for Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association: 9 a.m. April 19, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office , 3855 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at MLK Jr. Community Center: 5 p.m. April 19, 2019; MLK Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: 9 a.m. April 20, 2019; Casino Beach Park , 7451 Watercress Drive, Fort Worth 76135.

Egg Hunt Extravaganza at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Fire Station Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Fire Station Community Center, 1601 Lipscomb.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Thomas Place Community Center: 10 a.m. April 20, 2019; Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.

Easter Eggstravaganza at Victory Forest Community Center: 11:30 a.m. April 20, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Riverside Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Eugene McCray Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Como Community Center: noon April 20, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Fort Worth Crud Cruiser Event: noon April 20, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center , 1701 N.E. 36th St, Fort Worth 76106.

Compost 101: 1 p.m. April 20, 2019; Fort Worth Botanic Garden Compost Outpost, 3408 West Freeway.
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Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza at Northside Community Center: 2:30 p.m. April 20, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. April 22, 2019; City Hall, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 9 a.m. April 22, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. April 22, 2019; City Hall, Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Northside Area Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 22, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Northside Area Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. April 22, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Collective Bargaining Negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local Union 440: 9 a.m. April 23, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. April 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. April 23, 2019; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 West Felix Street.
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How to Form an LLC or Corporation in One Day in Texas: 6:45 p.m. April 23, 2019; SCORE Conference Room at the Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. April 23, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

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