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.
It has been a few years since we have visited this great park. With it being only 45 minutes from Fort Worth, we decided to go back for a visit as the kids were itching to climb on some rocks. Before we headed out into the trails the standard bathroom break was up first. As with most state parks, they do a great job taking care of their over visited restrooms and we found our restroom visit to be just as nice. Though I was a little perturbed as I was carrying our 3 year-old on my hip up to the restroom, and turned around to make sure the others were coming and waited a few minutes longer. This is when he decided to pee all on the side of my shirt. Good thing for him, we always bring several changes of clothes, but of course I didn't have an extra shirt. A mother walked in on me washing my shirt with the parks soap and water with it still on my body, and she laughed and stated that she totally has been there. After everyone used the restroom and I managed to soak half my shirt with water, we had snack in their really neat picnic area. All of the picnic areas are nestled in a wooded area. Some of the picnic tables are your standard metal ones, while others sit up high looking over the lake and are made of stone. After snack, we wound our way down some steep stone steps into Penitentiary Hollow, which is a natural rock climbing spot.
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.
So many times we will pull up to a park and at first glance I think I have the place figured out and that it will be a quick in and out for us. But as it usually goes, I get surprised by my family and myself when we chose to purposefully explore, observe, and notice the small and boring looking aspects of a park. These usually turn into the most memorable moments at the parks. When we first arrived, the kids automatically headed to the jungle gym yipping and hollering, “wow” with my husband following behind to watch after them. As they headed to the jungle gym, I headed towards the lake and to explore the other features of the park.