The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department has been awarded a second $1 million grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to help construct Alliance Park in far north Fort Worth. This, coupled with a previously awarded $1 million grant in 2016 and the acquisition of $2 million of land via purchase and donation from Hillwood Properties, will jump-start this community park project with a $4 million investment.
“We are thrilled and honored to accept this grant,” said Park and Recreation Department Director Richard Zavala. “This money, combined with the previously awarded grant, will help construct the necessary infrastructure and initial amenities for what will eventually become a unique community park that combines sports fields and preserves open space that local residents will enjoy and benefit from for years to come.”
The Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant funds will be used to build four competition-level soccer fields complete with lighting, irrigation and bleachers; concrete trails and a pedestrian water crossing. Interpretive signage, benches and picnic tables will also be installed.
In addition, some of the money is earmarked for landscape restoration at the 154 acre park, which is located south of Highway 114 and east of I-35W. Construction is scheduled to start later this year.
“The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department has a rich history of leveraging funds through community partnerships,” Zavala said. “In this case, we’ve worked with Hillwood Properties to acquire the land which has enabled us to obtain a state grant that will benefit local residents.”
The Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant is funded from the state sporting goods sales tax and Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund revenues.