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.
About ten years ago, I took a two-week trip to Denmark and was amazed by the amount of green and blue spaces the residents had access to within such proximity to their homes. I was even more amazed at how the families and their children were always outside playing or even napping no matter the weather. I remember when I went, it was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit outside and windy and I found it to be the most unbearable thing. That is when I was first introduced to the saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” And I must admit, the shoes and jacket I brought with me from the US were not proper attire as I did not know we would be walking and biking most of the trip, but I loved the saying and it stuck with me ever since. When I returned to the US, I remembered seeing articles about how Denmark had a great amount of green (nature) and blue (water) spaces for the people to enjoy and this was one of the reasons it was a great place to live. I really loved Denmark, but I could not live there, so I knew that when I finally settled in a city, I wanted to make sure that I lived in one with a wealth of green and blue spaces and that I took the time to visit these areas with my family, no matter the weather.
I'm Nicole and my goal is to help families and visitors of Fort Worth connect to nature and come to know and love Fort Worth's green and blue spaces. I invite you to join my family and I on this journey as we learn about the 270+ parks in and around our city.