Gateway Park

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   Dedication

  • 1979

 

Size

  • 791.5 acres

 

Additional amenities

  • Backstop 
  • Benches
  • Bleachers
  • Bridges
  • Dog Park
  • Drinking Fountains
  • Electrical Boxes
  • Grills
  • Multi-use/Purpose Slab
  • Observation Deck
  • Parking Lighting
  • Parking Lot
  • Pet Station
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters
  • Soccer Fields
  • Softball/Baseball Field
  • Stand Alone Swing
  • Tables
  • Trail Heads

 

Fun facts and History 

Gateway Park is a large, 791.5-acre park located on the city’s east side immediately north of Interstate 30 and east of Beach Street. Heavily wooded and located along a bend of the Trinity River, part of the site was first used as the location of the Riverside Sewage Treatment Plant. Little thought had been given to the development of the area as a park due to its malodorous use and the long-held dream that someday the Trinity River would be channelized for barges. In the a study created for Streams and Valleys by Lawrence Halprin and Associates in 1970, Halprin envisioned a much smaller park near the old turnpike that would include a sandy beach and a restaurant. It was in this study that the name “Gateway Park” was first used.  In 1978, the city council approved a plan to preserve a greenbelt along the Trinity River. Local officials hoped that the state legislature could be convinced to designate Gateway Park as a state park but this did not happen. In the early 1980s, Myrick, Newman, Dahlberg and Associates of Dallas created a development plan for the park. The first phase of development included the creation of an entry drive from Beach Street.   Other improvements completed by 1986 included six lighted softball fields, an octagon concessions building, and a parking lot. The second development phase included an entrance off First Street to match the North Beach Street entrance, a paved road, three picnic shelters, and approximately 25 picnic tables. In 1990, Gateway was the venue for a major softball tournament that attracted teams from throughout the Southwest, South, and Midwest. In 1991, canoe launches, a playground, three soccer fields, two miles of hiking trails and a playground were dedicated.

 In 2002, City Council adopted an updated Gateway Park Master Plan as an amendment to the Fort Worth Park, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. One of the goals of the plan is to expand the park. To that end, an effort has been made to acquire additional land. In 2006, vacant commercial property along Beach Street was acquired. The acquisition met a portion of the requirement of a $2,000,000 regional grant awarded to the city from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  An addition of 3.685 acres on East First Street was acquired in 2007.   The Amon G. Carter Foundation donated 99.696 acres along east First Street for an addition to the park in 2009. This land had formerly been part of a landfill that closed in 1993 and had long been identified as a future addition to the park.

 Today, the park has numerous recreational facilities including baseball, softball, and soccer fields, shelters, grill, miles of trails, and Fort Woof, the city’s first off-leash dog park. Soccer fields were renovated in 2005.  In 2009-2010, the park benefited from the volunteer labor of the Fort Worth Mountain Bike Association as members created a 5 ½-mile extension to existing mountain bike trails at the park. All of these improvements have been accomplished while still preserving beautiful and dense stands of native trees and grasses.

 Gateway Park’s, Fort Woof Dog Park

 Fort Woof has the distinction of being the city’s first off leash dog park. Located within Gateway Park, the park opened to canines and their owners on April 3, 2004. The creation of the park occurred with the generous support of the Fort Worth Dog Park Association. Members of the group gathered signatures on a petition, lobbied council members and pledged to raise money for the park’s maintenance. Fort Woof covers five fenced-acres near Gateway Park’s softball fields. Slightly more than one acre is devoted to dogs weighing less than 40 pounds with the remainder of the acreage devoted to larger dogs. 

 

View animal, plant and insect species observed at Gateway Park and make some of your own observations through iNaturalist. See link under the "Related information" Section. 

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Location

751 Beach Street, Fort Worth 76111  View Map

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