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Northeast Times | October 25, 2021

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National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opens Alice Walton Cowgirl Park

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opens Alice Walton Cowgirl Park

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has completed its newest project, the Alice Walton Cowgirl Park.

The project grew out of necessity and passion. The need was to create a beautiful space that would be enjoyed by visitors to the area and the new Dickies Arena; the passion was a group of friends who came together to fund the project and name it in honor of a special woman who has been so generous to numerous projects and to Fort Worth: Alice Walton.

Walton has been a supporter of the museum and is the 2007 Fern Sawyer Award recipient.

The park is now home to the museum’s Sergeant Reckless statue, a memorial to a decorated warhorse. The bronze, which sits atop the monument sign, is a magnificent sculpture and tribute to an amazing animal and true war hero. In connection with the statue, the 2019 Inaugural Sergeant Reckless Award introduced and honored Robin Hutton, who was instrumental in gaining national attention for Sergeant Reckless and spearheading the development and dedication of three national monuments to the warhorse, including the statue in the Alice Walton Cowgirl Park.

Additionally, the park is host to a mural created by Evergreen and the artisans of the Mellini family in Italy. This artwork of a tooled western saddle is constructed with tens of thousands of small pieces of glass, painstakingly hand-placed to create the mosaic. This mosaic is not only a beautiful backdrop for the park but is also a picture-worthy location.