Krauss-Baker Park is a linear park located between an industrial and residential area. It is located in the south west area of Fort Worth in the Wedgwood neighborhood. At the park you will find open green areas with trees, bodies of water and a paved trail that parallels the ponds and creek. The park has been adopted by the local Wedgwood Garden Club. They host nature walks there and monthly trash clean ups. In the winter of 2019, the city planted more than 20 trees in the area to provide more shade along the walkways and to add more vegetation.
Oakmont Park is a beautiful park with a lot of natural spaces. It is part of the Trinity River Trail that stretches about 6 miles. Located in the South West area of Fort Worth, it is bordered to the west by the Clear Fork Trinity River and the city of Benbrook. Within the actual park there is only about 1.5 miles of paved trail. However, it links to other trails once you cross the Clear Fork Trinity River.
This park was the very first of this kind that we have been to. The neat thing that I have learned as I read up on this park was that it is the first inclusive park in the nation. How cool is it that it started right here in our own backyard? This playground was named as a National Demonstration Site for meeting best practices for inclusive playgrounds by Playcore. When we first got there the kids, as well as us adults, were amazed by the size and features of this park.
The thing I love about Candleridge Park is that it is a linear park (longer than it is wide) and is not clumped together, but instead spreads out and winds itself into the neighborhood it belongs to, Wedgwood South. This 88-acre park has over six miles of tree lined paved trails that are mostly shaded. The trails are more or less in the shape of the letter “T” with a trail that is oriented east to west and one that splits off in the middle of that trail and heads south. The aspect I find charming is that adjacent to these trails you will find a creek that is riddled with ducks, geese, and mini waterfalls.