Gateway Park Master Plan

Another exciting component of the Central City portion of the Trinity River Vision is the revitalization of Gateway Park. The plan will include a major restoration of the park’s ecosystem, provide numerous and diverse recreational amenities and provide the necessary flood storage to ensure the viability of the Central City flood control project. The plans are likely to spur positive economic development around the park. The project meets the needs of the community by connecting neighborhoods of east and southeast of Fort Worth to the Trinity River.

At just over 1,000 acres, Gateway Park will become the largest urban-programmed park in the area. Park-goers can expect the new and improved Gateway to be completely equipped with first class recreational amenities making the park a regional destination for outdoor activities. These additions and improvements are a direct result of community input gathered during a series of public meetings held throughout the City's master planning process.



 

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Soccer Fields

Futbol fanatics will get a kick out of this! Both competition and practice fields will be scattered throughout Gateway Park – putting an end to a noted shortage of soccer facilities in Fort Worth.

Baseball & Softball Fields

Heeeeyyy batter, batter, batter! Ball players definitely score a home run with all of the new fields going into Gateway Park. These nice facilities will make every boy and girl playing the sport feel like a real Texas Ranger.

Disc Golf

Disc golfers, get ready to grab your buddies and zip on down to Gateway Park. A full course will wind through the eastern portion of the park.

Mountain Bike Course

Mountain bikers are always looking for a new adventure, so when this off-road course is added to Gateway Park, it’s sure to attract an extreme crowd!

Covered Basketball Court

Covered courts make playing hours of hoops in the hot Texas sun a breeze. Whether just shooting around or an intense game of 3-on-3, this facility is a slam dunk.

15 Miles of New Trails

Fifteen miles of additional hike and bike trails will weave throughout the 1,000-acre park – making Gateway a huge hub for people on the move.

Splash Park

The new splash park in Gateway will be the coolest place for families to go when the mercury starts rising. All of the splishing and splashing are sure to keep little ones entertained for hours!

Dog Park Expansion

Four-legged Fort Worthians already give Fort Woof Dog Park two paws up, so they’ll be jumping for joy when an expansion to the park is added – allowing even more puppies to join the party.

Outdoor Amphitheater

Sitting under the stars, listening to a symphony of sound. Set in the heart of Gateway Park, the amphitheater will be large enough to host national touring acts, yet convenient enough to showcase the best local talent.

Rowing Center

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream (or Trinity River!). The long, straight expanse of water to the south of Gateway Park is an ideal setting for the Fort Worth Rowing Club to hold practices and host regattas. A new storage/meeting facility and dock will make life a dream for this active local club.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Four whitewater chutes will be built within the soon-to-be restored Riverside Oxbow in the western portion of Gateway. Kayakers and canoeists will love the surges of water as they paddle down the scenic, tree-lined stream.

80,000 New Trees

Yes, you read that right! Eighty thousand mature oak and pecan trees will be planted throughout the entirety of the park – restoring the land’s natural, wooded ecosystem.

In-Ground Skate Park

Need a place to master your ollies, kickflips and boardslides? Well, get stoked, because local skaters have been conjuring up plans for an in-ground, concrete park that will give Tony Hawk wannabes from all over North Texas a place to skateboard in style.

Picnic Areas & Playgrounds

Picnic tables and playgrounds will be scattered throughout the park – making Gateway the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Did someone say peanut butter and jelly? Yum.

New Entry Towers

Grandiose towers will mark the east and west entries into the new and improved park. Visible from the I-30, these large markers will take the guesswork out of getting to Gateway.

Gateway Park West
Gateway Park East
Restoring Ecosystems
Amphitheater Study
Skate Park Planning
Sewage Center Removal
#1 Dog Park In The US
New Soccer & Rugby Fields
New Baseball & Softball Fields
  • Gateway
    Park West
  • Gateway
    Park East
  • Restoring
    Ecosystems
  • Amphitheater
    Study
  • Skate Park
    Planning
  • Sewage Center
    Removal
  • #1 Dog Park
    In The US
  • New Soccer &
    Rugby Fields
  • New Baseball &
    Softball Fields
Gateway Park West

Gateway Park West

Work is underway now in Gateway Park West. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently in the process of removing 1.4 million cubic yards of dirt. This project will provide flood protection for the entire area and make way for future recreational enhancements.

Gateway Park East

Gateway Park East

Improvements on the east side of Gateway Park are now complete! They include a beautiful new scenic river overlook, replacement of portions of concrete trails and eight pedestrian bridges, new concrete trails and a trailhead which includes parking, tables, benches, and a restroom facility.

Restoring Ecosystems

Restoring Ecosystems

Crews are working to restore the area to the west of the park back to a bottomland hardwood condition that will promote the growth of indigenous oaks and pecans.

Amphitheater Study

Amphitheater Study

A thorough study was conducted in 2008 that evaluated the feasibility of an outdoor amphitheater in Gateway Park. After months of research and gathering public input, it was deduced that a 6,500-seat outdoor performance venue could be run successfully.

Skatepark PlanningSkatepark Planning

Skatepark Planning

An avid group of local skaters worked with the City of Fort Worth Parks Department to put together designs for a in-ground, concrete skate park in Gateway.

Sewage Center Removal

Sewage Center Removal

The Department of Defense has provided grant funding for the removal of the Riverside Wastewater Treatment Center. Demolition and a thorough clean up of that facility is expected to begin within the next few years.

#1 Dog Park in the US

#1 Dog Park in the US

"Fort Woof" Dog Park was constructed in 2004 and has since been named the #1 dog park in the nation by Dog Fancy Magazine. Dedicated park users even conduct their own canine mayoral elections!

New Soccer & Rugby Fields

New Soccer & Rugby Fields

The reconstruction of one lighted rugby and two lighted soccer fields using artificial turf was completed in 2006. An additional four soccer fields with parking were completed in 2008. Large pavilions were built near the fields to house team meetings and events.

New Baseball & Softball Fields

New Baseball & Softball Fields

An award-winning baseball and softball facility was constructed in the heart of Gateway.

Gravel Pits
Sewage Treatment
Landfill
Deforestation
Drainage Problems
Need For Beautification
  • Gravel Pits
  • Sewage
    Treatment
  • Landfill
  • Deforestation
  • Drainage
    Problems
  • Need For
    Beautification
Wastewater Treatment Center

Wastewater Treatment Center

Park goers may see a fence and tree-lined area that sits atop a small hill in the heart of the park. This is where a wastewater treatment center once operated. The abandoned facility has not yet been removed.

Gravel Pits

Gravel Pits

Portions of Gateway Park have been used to excavate the crumbly rock used in gravel. These large, gloomy pits were not filled back up after the excavation and remain in the middle of the park.

Landfill

Landfill

The massive field to the east of Gateway Park was used as a city landfill for decades. It is no longer active, but will remain a dormant space unless improvements are made to accommodate higher uses.

Deforestation

Deforestation

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers channelized this portion of the river, they used the area to the north of the river to store the excavated soil. Trees were removed, the natural oxbow was cut-off and the soil level was heightened to an unnatural level for tree life.

Drainage Problems

Drainage Problems

Gateway Park floods every five to ten years and has not yet been designed to address flooding in a way that prevents the destruction of recreational improvements during high water events.

Need for Beautification

Need for Beautification

There are beautiful areas of Gateway Park, but there are also areas that require some attention. Restoration is required to eliminate eyesores such as overgrown brush, incompatible land uses and outdated structures.