Dickies Skate Plaza to be built at Fire Station Park
Published on January 11, 2022
A funding partnership will officially kick off construction of the Dickies Skate Plaza and Fire Station Park expansion project.
A $300,000 donation from the VF Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Dickies’ parent company, VF Corp. – and Dickies, the Fort Worth-based global workwear brand. will allow work on the skate plaza to begin. Construction of the Dickies Skate Plaza is slated to start early this year and is scheduled for completion by October.
A celebration to mark the beginning of the construction phase is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 1616 Hemphill St. Dickies and Near Southside Inc. will host several local Fort Worth elected officials, including District 9 Councilmember Elizabeth Beck. Representatives from the city’s Park and Recreation Department, park design team and children from the Fire Station Community Center’s after-school program will attend to celebrate the kickoff of the project.
“Fire Station Park is a shining example of a community working together, devoted to creating a park that reflects the desires of the residents,” said Park & Recreation Department Director Richard Zavala. “The City of Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department is fortunate to partner with a number of neighborhoods across the city that are committed to improving our park system.”
The Dickies Skate Plaza will be a keystone attraction of the newly expanded and fully funded Fire Station Park, designed by Pacheco Koch and New Line Skateparks. The 15,000-square-foot skate plaza will feature a diverse range of elements for skateboarders of all skill levels connected by skateable pathways throughout the park. Other elements at the park include a market plaza, community green, dog park and 5,000-square-foot all-wheel track.
Centrally located in the historic Fairmount neighborhood, Fire Station Park and Dickies Skate Plaza will be situated at a major transportation crossroads, the intersection of Allen Avenue and Hemphill Street. Easily accessible by Trinity Metro’s Bus Route 1 and the Near Southside’s protected bike lane network, the location was selected to serve community members who have traditionally lacked easy access to safe places to skate and socialize in the central city.
“From design to funding, the expansion of Fire Station Park and Dickies Skate Plaza is a great example of how the City of Fort Worth meets the needs of our communities through innovative partnership,” Beck said. “I’m thrilled to see the results of the collective work that went into this project.”
Residents provided design ideas
The Dickies Skate Plaza and Fire Station Park’s expansion has been a passion project for the Near Southside community for many years. Design ideas from residents of surrounding neighborhoods directly shaped a vision for this public space, and the City of Fort Worth and Near Southside Inc. led the park’s planning and final design. Now with a generous partnership in place, full funding will allow the project partners to turn this vision into reality.
“We’re beyond excited to celebrate the fulfilment of a unique vision for Fire Station Park. The plans grew directly from the Near Southside community. From the beginning, there was such strong support for the space that ultimately evolved into the park’s showcase feature, the Dickies Skate Plaza,” said Near Southside Inc. President Mike Brennan. “The local skateboarding community, led by our friends at Magnolia Skate Shop, delivered grassroots community support and design vision to set things in motion, and Dickies delivered an incredibly generous partnership to bring this showcase community destination to life in 2022.”
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Photo: A bird’s-eye view shows the design of the Dickies Skate Plaza at Fire Station Park. (Rendering courtesy New Line Skateparks)
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