Ground Breaks on Fort Worth's Newest Elementary School

Even the kids got a chance to turn dirt with golden shovels, as parents, Tanglewood Elementary students and administrators gathered Thursday for the groundbreaking of Overton Park Elementary School.

Overton Park Elementary — located at the corner of Briarhaven and Kingsridge roads — was designed to remedy the overpopulation of Tanglewood Elementary, as well as provide pre-K. The new school will have four classrooms per grade from pre-K to fifth and spaces for music, art, physical education and other programs when it opens in August 2020.

“I am proud of the Tanglewood staff that has continued to work tirelessly to maintain focus and continue academic excellence as we move towards splitting the Tanglewood campus,” Tanglewood Elementary principal Connie Smith said.

The elementary school’s architecture and design reflect the natural environment of the school’s foundation, architect Michael Bennett said.

“We look at things like the color of the earth in selecting brick and stone so that it fits on the site,” said Bennett, whose own children attended Tanglewood Elementary. “It’s mowed now, but the wildflowers that were here, we looked at those kinds of colors to get inspiration for the colors in the building.”

The school will also have a park at the front similar to the one at Tanglewood Elementary, where parents often socialize, Bennett said.

Along with the groundbreaking, Smith announced the future school’s mascot, the Overton Park Owls, and colors — “scholar blue” and “great-hearted green.”

One of the school’s future students, Camille McMurry, will be a fifth grader at Overton when it opens.

She gave a speech during the groundbreaking ceremony.

“I look forward to walking over from my house to a beautiful building that will soon sit on this very land,” she said.

Story and photos by Courtni Fields