Grapevine City Council approves new neighborhood park on Panhandle Drive

A newly proposed park will be coming to 2801 Panhandle Drive in Grapevine. (Rendering courtesy of Grapevine Parks and Recreation)
A newly proposed park will be coming to 2801 Panhandle Drive in Grapevine. (Rendering courtesy of Grapevine Parks and Recreation)

A newly proposed park will be coming to 2801 Panhandle Drive in Grapevine. (Rendering courtesy of Grapevine Parks and Recreation)

Grapevine City Council unanimously approved the development of a new neighborhood park at 2801 Panhandle Drive during its April 20 meeting.

Located at the site of the former Fire Station 2, the park would follow guidelines set in the 2018 Master Plan. The proposed park would be on a half-acre corner lot and would service over 100 homes within a 10-minute walking distance.

“The [master plan] vision for the Parks and Recreation Department is that everyone had easy access to parks and recreation opportunities in a sustainable community,” said Kevin Mitchell, director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Details on the park’s proposed offerings have not yet been determined. Citizens will have an opportunity to meet with city staff to discuss their needs for the park. Meeting dates for these citizen-driven discussions have not been announced.

Several citizens attended the meeting in support of the proposed park alongside members of the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. In addition to public comments made during the meeting, the city also received 64 letters from residents in favor of the park and nine letters opposed to it. Many of those opposed to the park cited safety and traffic concerns.


“I think a park is something that will last for generations. And I do think and obviously trust that the parks and rec team will build something that the neighbors will be very proud of,” council member Paul Slechta said.

The city of Grapevine currently has 19 neighborhood parks.
By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.