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Fort Worth Parks, Texas (Images of America Series)

Fort Worth Parks, Texas (Images of America Series)

by Susan Allen Kline, Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department
     
 

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Fort Worth sits on a blend of timber and prairie land that is transected by the Trinity River and its tributaries. These physical attributes invited the creation of parks to preserve scenic landscapes and to provide Fort Worth residents with access to nature. Generous land donations as well as the foresight of city leaders allowed for the acquisition of park land,

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Fort Worth sits on a blend of timber and prairie land that is transected by the Trinity River and its tributaries. These physical attributes invited the creation of parks to preserve scenic landscapes and to provide Fort Worth residents with access to nature. Generous land donations as well as the foresight of city leaders allowed for the acquisition of park land, particularly after the formation of the park department in 1909. Local architects and such well-known names as George E. Kessler, Hare and Hare, Philip Johnson, and Lawrence Halprin have left a rich legacy of nationally recognized parks and recreational amenities. These include the Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Water Gardens, Heritage Plaza, Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, and Fort Woof, the city's first dog park.

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Title: A day at the park

Author: Rick Kelsey

Publisher: Panache Magazine

Date: May 2010

People need parks.

That's what Susan Kline realized, while researching and writing the book Fort Worth Parks.

"We drive by them every day, we use them to celebrate special occasions or we just go there and sit and think," she said. "They are really a part of our everyday life and we don't always realize that."

Kline hopes that anyone who picks up Fort Worth Parks will see a connection too. As part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing and released in January of this year, the book celebrates and commemorates the city's parks and the Parks and Community Services Department, which celebrated its centennial in 2009.

As an overview of the history of Fort Worth's parks, the book goes from the earliest parks to today.

Kline went through many different sources, such as libraries, newspapers and scholarly works, to locate those photos, some of which date back to the turn-of-the-century. But people also provided a lot of images for the book.

"The parks department put out a call for photographs. So we got some great ones from the public," she said. One surprising source: the city's fire department.

"I found this great collection at the fire department on a Thursday and my draft was due to the publisher that following Tuesday. So I incorporated some of the best photos within that last week. They had file cabinets full of photos," she said.

Not every park is covered, as the city has almost 250 parks today. But the book features well-known ones like Trinity Park, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Forest Park and Fort Worth Water Gardens and some that no longer exist, like Rotary Park.

"It was a beautiful little park at Seventh and Summit and now there is a 7-Eleven there," she said.

Kline, a historian, enjoyed discovering not-so-well-known facts about Fort Worth's parks such as how highly regarded designers like George Kessler, S. Herbert Hare and Lawrence Halprin helped develop them.

"The parks are just examples of the work of great designers. Heritage Park, as the name implies, actually celebrates the history of Fort Worth in a very abstract way. That was Halprin's intention - to celebrate the river and the birth of Fort Worth."

Title: Walk in the Park

Author: Vickie Birdow

Publisher: Parks and Community Services Department

Date: 4/16/2010

Author and historian Susan Allen Kline discusses her new book, Fort Worth Parks. Watch the full video here:

http://vimeo.com/10984630

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738578668
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
01/13/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,014,840
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


In celebration of the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department centennial, local historian Susan Allen Kline and Parks and Community Services Department staff have selected historic photographs and other images from public and private collections to illustrate the development of the city's parks and recreation facilities. The volume also features an introduction by Richard Zavala Jr., the department's director.

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