By: Jenny B. Davis
Heritage Park Located north of the courthouse, Heritage Park sits on the natural bluff to the Trinity. With more than 112 acres, it is also the largest open space in downtown. The park has been closed since 2007, but funding has been secured to make repairs and reopen this year.
300 N. Main St.
Forest Park Just down the road from the Fort Worth Zoo, this park has picnic areas, large grassy expanses, playgrounds and large trees. It’s also the depot location for catching the Forest Park Miniature Railroad, a train trip that crosses several bridges on its way to Trinity Park.
1700 Colonial Pkwy.
Gateway Park Featuring a sports complex, picnic areas and snack bar, Gateway Park is on the east side of Fort Worth north of I-30 and the Beach Street intersection. In addition to biking and hiking trails, the park has waterfront areas along the river. It’s a tournament hotspot for softball and soccer leagues.
751 Beach St.
Rockwood Park Rockwood Park is at the south end of Rockwood Golf Course and features a major sports complex complete with lit softball, soccer and t-ball fields and a lit driving range. Playground equipment is designed for children ages 2 – 12.
701 N. University Drive
Sycamore Park This park has it all, offering swimming, softball, horseshoes, basketball and tennis. Located on the east side of Fort Worth, Sycamore Park includes the Sycamore Community Center and a creek that runs through the center.
2525 E. Rosedale
Trinity Park Trinity Park is home to several playgrounds, a duck pond, miniature train and the Trinity Trails. Picnic pavilions are scattered throughout, and fishing is encouraged. It’s also the location for large annual events such as Mayfest.
2401 University Drive
Cobb Park Complete with large playground, basketball courts, gazebos and its own arts festival, Cobb Park is a fun destination for residents of Southeast Fort Worth.
2700 Cobb Park Drive
River Bend Nature Area A remnant of the Trinity Riverbed before it was channelized, River Bend Nature Area is a birders paradise. It’s a nice picnic spot and provides an untouched space filled with wildlife and native plants.
4730 Hidden Lane
Panther Island Pavilion With the Fort Worth skyline as its backdrop, Panther Island Pavilion is one of the most scenic outdoor venues in the city. Multiple stages and festival grounds accommodate events year-round. It has the only waterfront stage in the state and hosts an annual summer tubing and music series, Sunday Funday, Oktoberfest and a mega Fourth of July event. A sand beach allows for boating, fishing, tubing and swimming.
395 Purcey St.
Coyote Drive-In It’s a blast from the past at Coyote Drive-In where families spend evenings under the stars watching newly released films. Four screens show double features each night of the week, and the Coyote Canteen Restaurant has plenty of snacks and libations to offer its guests.
223 N.E. 4th St.
Cowtown Wakepark Cowtown Wakepark is located on the banks of the Trinity north of downtown. Visitors wakeboard by grabbing a cable and then are pulled from the shore platform across the water. Instructors are on site to help first-timers. Summer camps are offered to illustrate wakeboarding, kneeboarding and wakeskating basics.
1301 E. Northside Drive
Backwoods Paddlesports If locals want to explore the water of the Trinity, they can rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and canoes from Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Rentals. This area of the Trinity is calm and safe, but all rentals also come with life jackets.
480 N. Taylor St.
Fort Worth B-Cycle No bike, no problem. Fort Worth bike sharing stations (Fort Worth B-Cycle) are located along the Trinity River. It’s simple. Purchase a membership at any B-Station, grab your bike, have fun and then return the bike to any B-Station in the city.
Stockyards Stables If visitors want to experience the river in true cowboy fashion, they can rent horses from the Stockyards Stables for a 30-minute or one-hour horseback ride down the Old Chisholm Trail.
128 E. Exchange Ave.
The Yoga Project There may not be a more relaxing space to practice yoga in Fort Worth. With large windows overlooking the Trinity River, The Yoga Project Fort Worth Studio is also a training center for yoga instructors.
1533 Merrimac Circle #207
By: Jenny B. Davis