Heritage Park was opened on the corner of Belknap and Main in downtown Fort Worth to commemorate the founding of the original military post in 1849. The park, designed by noted architect Lawrence Halprin, opened in 1976. It featured numerous water features intermingled with shaded paths and a cantilevered walkway built over the bluff overlooking the Trinity River.
It's been three years since the park has closed. But there is little public uproar to reopen the grounds. I contacted the city of Fort Worth and received a reply from Fernando Costa, the Assistant City Manager. He wrote that the city is working with Downtown Fort Worth Inc. to raise funds to repair and upgrade the park. But in the past three years, little has been done. Meanwhile, the park is slowly being taking over by nature.
|The cantilevered walkway can still be seen on the bluff above the Trinity, even though the trees have begun to block the view.|
|The Water Wall behind chain link.|
|An ironic caption 'The Vision Endures" on the sign outside the park|
|A Water Wall that includes the map of the original settlement sits behind chain link.|
|An urban oasis on the other side of the fence.|
|A diminished view of the park from the Main Street Street Bridge.|
Heritage Park on North Main Street at the top of the Trinity River Bridge
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