Renaming of Echo Lake Park and Ballfield Complex honors local heroes

Published on June 14, 2022

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The City Council approved renaming Echo Lake Park in the Worth Heights neighborhood to Ciquio Vasquez Park and naming the future ballfield complex Patrick Zamarripa Ballfield Complex.

Ciquio Vasquez was born in Fort Worth and grew up in the Worth Heights Community. He served in the U.S. military during the Korean War and, in 1976, he founded Southside Little League. In 2004, Vasquez was recognized as Regional Citizen of the Year by the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council for his contribution to planting trees in Echo Lake Park. Vasquez remained a prominent and influential member of the Worth Heights community throughout his life and was an involved member until he died in 2012.

Officer Patrick Zamarripa grew up in Fort Worth, attended FWISD schools and played baseball at both Paschal High School and with the Southside Little League. The Little League home fields were at Echo Lake Park. Zamarripa ultimately lost his life in the line of duty on July 7, 2016, along with four other Dallas-based peace officers.

“The impact of these two men’s commitment to community and country can serve as a great example to future Little Leaguers that they too can make a positive difference for their community,” said Richard Zavala, director of the Fort Worth Park & Recreation Department.

In 2017, the City Council approved an agreement with Tarrant County for the donation of the 41.3 acres known as Echo Lake Park, located in Council District 9. The city assumed ownership of the park on May 1, 2017, in “as is” condition. The recently approved 2022 Bond Program includes a $5 million allocation for the renovation of Echo Lake Park.

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Photos: Top: Ciquio Vasquez coaches Southside Little League team members. Lower: Officer Patrick Zamarripa in his Dallas Police Department uniform.

 

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