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Northeast Times | October 25, 2021

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Fort Worth: Updated park dedication policy to go before Council

Fort Worth: Updated park dedication policy to go before Council

The City Council will vote Jan. 29 on proposed new measures that ensure adequate recreational areas will meet the needs of a growing Fort Worth population.

The Neighborhood and Community Park Dedication Policy was adopted in 1977 and has been revised several times to meet the open-space needs of a growing city and development trends. The policy applies to neighborhood parks, which are smaller and serve residents within a ¼- to ½-mile radius, and community parks, which are larger and serve residents within a 1- to 1½-mile radius.

Among the recommended changes:

  • For areas outside of the Central City (outside Loop 820), neighborhood parkland dedication would increase from 2.5 acres per 1,000 population to 3.25 acres per 1,000 population; the Neighborhood park development fee would increase from $30,000 per acre to $115,000 per acre.
  • For areas within the Central City (inside Loop 820), developers would be assessed $1,300 per unit on additional units only. The current rate is $500 per unit for all newly-constructed units.
  • The neighborhood park development fee and Central City fee increases would be phased in over a five-year period beginning in March 2019.

A Technical Review Advisory Committee, made up of key stakeholders from across Fort Worth, assisted with drafting the recommendations. In addition, the Park & Recreation Department received a letter of support for all recommendations from the Development Advisory Committee.

The City Council will vote on approving the changes at its next regular meeting, 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at City Hall, 200 Texas St.