Frank Kent Dream Park, the playground for children of all abilities located inside Fort Worth's Trinity Park, will undergo comprehensive repairs and upgrades during a closure throughout the entire month of April.

The details

According to a city news release, the playground’s renovation includes new surfacing and turf enhancements to augment the park’s facilities.

The news release states that in order to minimize disruption to visitors, the renovation is timed to coincide with the closure of a larger portion of Trinity Park in order to get ready for Mayfest, Fort Worth’s annual four-day spring festival.

The backstory

According to the news release, the 57,000-square-foot playground was dedicated in 2019. Amenities include:
  • Poured-in-place rubber surfacing for wheelchairs and individuals with poor mobility
  • Adaptive swings for toddlers and children with low muscle tone
  • A stainless-steel roller slide that won’t short out kids’ hearing devices
  • Interactive and musical elements to provide a sensory-rich environment
The news release states that nearly $3 million was raised by Frank Kent Motor Company and 32 additional community organizations to help build the playground.

Quote of note

“While we understand the inconvenience this temporary closure may cause, it is essential for the long-term sustainability and enjoyment of Dream Park,” said Karen Stuhmer, the spokesperson for the Park & Recreation Department. “By conducting these repairs and upgrades now, we ensure the park remains a vibrant and safe community play space for years to come.”

Frank Kent Dream Park will be open for Mayfest from May 2-5, and then reopen to the public May 9, according to the news release.