Arlington Parks & Recreation
Deep in the heart of downtown Arlington, directly across from City Hall, Founders Plaza is all about relaxing. After hearing the mellowing sounds of the waterfall that was donated by the Junior League of Arlington, you can continue your search for inner peace by experiencing Meditation Grove or perusing the History Garden that features historical markers and native plants. If live music mellows you out, then the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts is just the ticket. As the centerpiece of Founders Plaza, the Levitt Pavilion is an outdoor performance venue with open lawn seating that provides 50 free concerts a year with a broad-based concert calendar.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:1.3 acresOutdoor Performance StageGreat Lawn open spaceHistory GardenInteractive Fountain
George Stevens Park is located in central Arlington north of downtown. This two acre park isnamed after the former principal of Booker T. Washington School.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:• 2 acres• Basketball court• Grills• Picnic area• Playground: 5-12• Sand volleyballPAVILION 47’ x 33’• Picnic tables (6)• Seats 25
J.W. Dunlop served Arlington as a member of the Arlington Fire Department from 1953 - 1982.He was an avid Arlington historian and amassed a collection of over 1,000 historical photos. Thecollection can be found in the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Special Collections.Additionally, he worked to preserve local cemeteries and the meaning of local street names.
Taking pictures was simply a hobby for James William “J.W.” Dunlop. But for the man whose volunteer efforts in the Arlington Fire Department blossomed into a career that spanned four decades, his hobby of taking pictures to preserve Arlington’s history ultimately resulted in the city’s most extensive collection of images. After Dunlop retired from the Arlington Fire Department, he began a new career as the unofficial caretaker of the Arlington Cemetery, which dates back to 1875 and had been neglected for decades. Dunlop not only tended he grounds, he took the next 17 years pouring over city and county records to get the names to those who were buried in Arlington Cemetery in previously unmarked graves. JW Dunlop Sport Center features baseball and soccer fields, a BMX trail and two playgrounds. It also has two pavilions available for rent through the Arlington Parks Department via email or by calling 817-459-5473.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:• 52 acres• BMX trail• Concession• Formal baseball fields• Formal soccer fields• Natural area• Playground: 2-5 and 5-12• Picnic areas• Restroom
PAVILION (2):• Grill - 1 for each pavilion• Picnic tables (4 per pavilion)• Seats 25 per pavilion
Located just one mile east of downtown Arlington, Meadowbrook Park has history on its side. Not only is it Arlington’s first city park and its first municipal golf course, both of which opened in 1924, but it also features the Meadowbrook Recreation Center, which was built in 1963 and is the city’s first indoor recreation center. Besides a half-mile hike and bike trail, grills, and a basketball court, the park has a unique feature: a Monarch butterfly Waystation that provide resources necessary for Monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. The 9-hole golf course consists of six par fours and three par threes. Its small greens and narrow fairways are designed to challenge every level of player and is fun for the whole family. The recreation center, along with the park’s pavilion, can be rented out for receptions, birthday parties and other functions through the Arlington Parks Department via email or by calling 817-459-5473.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:
• 52 acres• 9 hole golf course• Basketball court• Bike / Hike trail (.5 mi)• Grills• Horseshoe pits• Monarch butterfly waystation • Playground with shade: 2-5 and 5-12• Rental facility
PAVILION 40’ x 64’:• Electrical outlet (4) 110• Lighted• Picnic tables (8)• Seats approximately 50
MEADOWBROOK PARK GOLF COURSE Course 1300 Dugan Street // Arlington, TX 76010
Located one mile east of downtown Arlington in Meadowbrook Park, Meadowbrook Park Golf Course, opened in 1924, is the oldest course in Arlington. The 9-Hole course par 33 consists of six par fours 250 to 300 yards in length and three par threes approximately 150 yards in length. Its small greens and narrow fairways are designed to challenge every level of player and is fun for the whole family. The clubhouse offers a full line pro shop, concessions, and golf cart rentals.
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PARKWAY CENTRAL PARK600 Van Buren Drive // Arlington, TX 76011
FEATURES / AMENITIES:16 acresPicnic area2 Playgrounds: 2-5 and 5-12PavilionOutdoor performance areaInformal Practice Field
1901 West Randol Mill Road // Arlington, TX 76012
Robert A. Randol came to Texas from Winchester, Virginia in 1876 and purchased a working grain mill. According to the Texas Historical Commission, the original mill was built in 1856 by Archibald Leonard and served as a community center and county voting place. The original mill was burned to the ground in 1860, but reopened in 1862. The mill changed owners many times, but eventually was owned by Randol until his death in 1922. While the mill burned again in 1933 and was not rebuilt, the park honoring Randol’s mill, and the community spirit it embodied, flourishes today. It features a baseball and softball complex, basketball courts, concrete and nature trails, a family aquatic center, fishing ponds, playgrounds, and tennis courts. A pavilion and a large group area can be rented through the Arlington Parks Department via email or by calling 817-459-5473.
Fishing is permitted in Randol Mill Pond. A nature trail meanders around the pond and through the park.
Located in Randol Mill Park are four flower beds which are twenty-one feet wide. The beds vary in size from 1,000 to 1,500 feet in length. The backdrop of the beds are burford hollies, cannas, and perennials. The color lines give the flower beds a unique look to the park. These flower beds are changed out three to four times a year.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:149 acresPicnic areasPavilionBasketball courtsBaseball complexSoftball complexFamily Aquatic CenterRestrooms2 Playgrounds: 2-5 and 5-12SwingsBarrier Free PlaygroundTennis CourtsConcrete and Nature trailsMiracle FieldFishingSkatepark
RICHARD GREENE LIN. PARK1601 East Randol Mill Road // Arlington, TX 76010
FEATURES / AMENITIES:41 acresPicnic areaHike/bike trailCaelum Moor SculpturesEco-system Restoration Area
The Caelum Moor Sculptures were dedicated on October 22, 2009, as part of the redevelopment of Johnson Creek Corridor and the building of Cowboy's Stadium.
With a lake on its north side, Rangers Ballpark to the east and AT&T Stadium to the west, Richard Greene Linear Park owes its essence as a greenway in the middle of Arlington’s famous entertainment district to the Johnson Creek Ecosystem Restoration project. The project, which included creek restoration, stream bank stabilization, development of a two mile hike and bike trail, and ecosystem enhancements, was such a success that it not only won a National Park Design Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) but it was selected as the site for the Caelum Moor Environmental Sculptures. The sculptures, which are comprised of five individual groups of stones, were created by sculptor Norm Hines, Professor of Art at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He was commissioned by Jane Mathes Kelton, a resident of Arlington and the CEO of the Kelton Mathes Development Corporation, to create the sculptures. They took two years to complete and cost $1.5 million to construct. The Caelum Moor Sculptures were dedicated on October 22, 2009, as part of the redevelopment of Johnson Creek Corridor and the building of AT&T Stadium.
701 NW Green Oaks Blvd // Arlington, TX 76006
River Legacy Parks, the crown jewel of Arlington's park system is located along the banks of the Trinity River in the northwestern section of Arlington. This 1031 acres forest floodplain park is Arlington's segment of a visionary 75-mile greenbelt parkland from west Fort worth through east Dallas.
The natural, urban, hardwood forest includes 400 species of wildlife, 193 species of birds and 28 species of trees. River Legacy's four-phases master plan, completed by Sasaki and Associates in 1986, calls for much of the park to be preserved for passive activities fostering an appreciation of the area's plant and animal life. Presently, educational, leisure and recreational activities include nature study, bird watching, bicycling, jogging, picnicking and relaxing in a natural environment.
If you are planning to visit to River Legacy Park, you’d better pack a lunch. With more than 1,030 acres of hardwood forest to explore that includes 400 species of wildlife, 193 species of birds and 28 species of trees, discovery is the name of the game. A true marriage of ecology and activity, the park was planned as an urban oasis where animals could live with minimal disruption from the hundreds of human visitors that pursue recreational activities every day. Popular activities include nature study, bird watching, bicycling, jogging, and picnicking. If you’re a mountain bike enthusiast, there are more than 10 miles of cross country trails that, according to the Dallas Off-Road Bicycling Association (DORBA), are “some of the best around.” If kids are coming with you, then they are in for a real treat. The playground that was installed in 2012 has no equal in the United States. It was custom designed for the River Legacy Park and is connected to the surrounding trees. There’s even a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton that younger children love to play on during their visit to the crown jewel of the Arlington park system.
Adjacent to River Legacy Parks is a 12,000 square foot nature center, River Legacy Living Science Center – featuring terrariums and aquariums with native wildlife, exhibit hall, self-exploration stations, nature trails, a gift shop and Free Saturday programs.
PARK TYPE:City, Community and Linear
FEATURES / AMENITIES:1031 acresPicnic areaPavilionsRestroom2 Playgrounds: 2-5 and 5-12SwingsHistorical MarkerNature trailsInformal Practice fieldBike/hike trailsOff Road Bike TrailExercise StationsFree backyard composting classes
Photo Courtesy: Richard Greene
Located, adjacent to Elzie Odom Athletic Center, the park is often used for EOAC camps, programs and sports leagues.
Running along the edge of Green Oaks Boulevard just east of Collins Street, River Legacy Parks – East often gets lost in the shadow created by River Legacy Park, its much bigger brother to the west. However, at 54 acres complete with its own half-mile hike and bike trail, a picnic area complete with grills, two playgrounds and sand volleyball courts, River Legacy Parks – East is a fully functional park that serves the community well. Stay a while and you may see campers from local Head Start programs or various sports teams that use the practice fields throughout the year. And if you want to take your recreation pursuits inside, the park is located adjacent to the Elzie Odom Recreation Center, which features three multi-purpose rooms, two gymnasiums, a fitness room, rock climbing wall, and a sports arena.
FEATURES / AMENITIES:• 54 acres• Bike / Hike trail (.58 mi)• Grills• Picnic area• Playground with shade: 2-5 and 5-12 • Practice fields• Sand volleyball courts
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