As our city grows, so do our parks and facilities. We are constantly working to expand the locations, amenities and options available to Mansfield residents and have a number of projects in various stages of development within the Parks & Recreation Department oversight. All projects are labeled with their current progress stage and will be updated here as new information becomes available.
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Earliest conceptual phase, this is when staff begins to determine the goals, objectives and definition of the project. This includes what amenities and features should be included and what the end result should look like based on the needs identified in the Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan.
Varies by project
Project scopes are refined, concept drawings are tweaked and cost estimates are created in this phase. Once completed, the project is sent to MPFDC for direction. Once approved as a project, it is added to the 10-year strategic plan with a project budget defined. Consultants may be retained to assist with scope and project definition.
Varies by project
Consultants are retained to create design plans and construction documents based on the concepts and goals outlined in the previous stages. Parks staff coordinates with City development services and engineering to review and obtain required permits. At this point, park design and construction plans are established and approved by MPFDC and City Council.
|Advertising & Awards||Contracts are advertised for public bidding according to state purchasing requirements. Staff receives and evaluates bids based on what best meets the the budget and project needs and presents their recommendation to MPFDC. Upon MPFDC approval, the project is presented to City Council for approval by resolution.||3-4 months|
Dirt begins to move. Construction includes all phases from first groundbreaking to final landscaping installation. Work is managed by an independent general contractor with a park planner serving as project manager.
Varies by project scope and size
Once park staff has made all final approvals and signed off on the construction, the job is accepted and contracts are closed. Operations and maintenance is transferred to city staff, who will most likely plan a grand opening or ribbon cutting to celebrate the arrival of a new park or facility.
The 2009 Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Spaces Master plan included a spine trail phasing and prioritization plan. The current trail stretches over two miles along Walnut Creek from James McKnight Park East to Historic Downtown Mansfield, just past Town Park on Main St./157, connecting five parks, three neighborhoods and two schools. The project is being developed in phases, with the ultimate goal of stretching from one end of the city limits to the other.
PHASE 1: Town Park to James McKnight Park East
- Passes through Katherine Rose Memorial Park, Hardy Allmon Soccer Complex and James McKnight Park West
- OPEN/Completed 2007
PHASE 2A: Matlock Road to Phase 2B
- Paved path around Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park for bike traffic
PHASE 2B: Oliver Nature Park rear loop to 360 Tollway access road
- Passes through Philip Thompson Soccer Complex
- OPEN/Completed 2020
PHASE 2C: 360 Tollway to eastern city limits
PHASE 3A: James McKnight Park East to Cannon/Carlin intersection *UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- Construction scheduled Feb 2021-late Summer 2021
PHASE 3B: Cannon/Carlin intersection to Oliver Nature Park
- Widened sidwalks and safe crossings
PHASE 4A: Town Park under Main Street/157 Bridge
PHASE 4B: 4A to western city limits
- Passes through Mans Best Field Dog Park
What do the parks mean to you?
As we look to the future, Mansfield Parks & Recreation wants to build a system of parks, facilities and programs that reflect not only the growing and changing demands of the city and environment, but most importantly the ever-evolving needs and desires of its residents. The ten-year master plan is our chance to map out the future and plan ahead to provide citizens with a park system they can be proud of.
The master plan process began with a series of public meetings and surveys, and is now in the data collection and analyzing phase. The advisory committee of staff and community volunteers is evaluating all information and will assemble recommendations based on the results. A final draft is expected to be presented to MPFDC and City Council for approval in fall 2020.