If you’re new to North Texas, you may be surprised to find how many parks we have here. Residents and visitors to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area have dozens of parks to choose from and many acres to play in. Each of the parks listed here has at least one unique feature.
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Exceptional Parks in Euless
It’s no surprise that Euless has some pretty amazing parks. Their parks and community services department has a motto of Simply FabEuless. They get more than points for creativity for that. The city has also been recognized as an official Tree City USA designee by the Arbor Day Foundation. The annual Arbor Daze celebration has also been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as one of the best Arbor Day celebrations in the country. The festival has given out more than 150,000 trees in its 25-plus year history.
If you live in DFW, you probably know of several nature preserves in the area, but this one is unique. The Preserve at McCormick Park is the only one that was designed by a bunch of kids. That’s right. In order to maximize the interactive and educationalelements of the park, 75 Euless schoolchildren were invited to join the Kids Design Council that planned the park before it was built.
Heritage Park is the home of three different historic buildings from Euless. The first, the Himes Log House, was built in the 1850s and is the oldest surviving structure in the City of Euless. The second, McCormick Barn, was built out of reclaimed lumber from WWI barracks at Camp Bowie.A third structure, Fuller House, was the first brick house in Euless and now houses a museum. All have been restored to replicate their original materials and styles. Tours are free on the second Saturday of every month from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This park’s unique feature is a 3-acre Dog Park, complete with large and small dog areas, dog wash areas, tables, water fountains, and pet stations. You’ll see some familiar agility challenge shapes built out of brick and stone. We’re guessing the pups love to play on them.
Phenomenal Parks in Bedford
At first glance, it might seem that the Bedford Parks and Recreation Department’s focus is more on recreation than parks. Look a little further and you’ll find a dozen parks in this little town, with one that’s as big as two or three or more parks put together. You’ll want to check out several of the city parks in Bedford, and we recommend starting with these two.
With “athletic complex” in the name, softball and soccer fields are expected. A concession stand is a must for a large park that hosts sporting events. This park doesn’t stop there. It also has covered awnings for your picnicking pleasure and a dog park that will delight your furry friend. This park is also the home of a tree farm where little trees are nurtured into big ones that will shade Bedford parks in the future.
Boys Ranch Park is a giant of a park with a whopping 68 acres. It’s a prime spot in town where concerts and city events are held. Besides attending events, you can play every sport imaginable with facilities for baseball/softball, soccer, sand volleyball, and tennis. The park is also home to a pond an aquatic facility called Bedford Splash.The adjacent Boys Ranch Activity Center (BRAC) has a fishing pier, an inclusive (ADA accessible) playground, and even a roller hockey court.
Terrific Parks in Hurst
Hurst is the smallest of the 3 cities, but it has 23 parks – 5 are undeveloped and one is newly opened as of May 2018. The rest are thriving parks, and there are at least a couple we can recommend.
Chisholm Park is the largest in Hurst, at 50 acres. One of its unique features is two lighted basketball courts in addition to four lighted baseball/softball fields. It also has an aquatic park for swimming and a pond with an island for fishing. Its jogging/walking trail is one and a half miles which overlaps somewhat with the exercise stations of the fitness course. You’ll find multiple picnic areas and pavilions and a couple of playgrounds too.
Rickel Park is a 29-acre park designed with the intent of preserving natural habitat. Its unique feature is a long winding stream complete with two bridges. There’s also a scenic overlook on the half-mile red trail. While walking and enjoying nature are first and foremost at this park, you can also enjoy multiple picnic areas and pavilions as well as a playground.
That covers seven of the parks in Hurst-Euless-Bedford, but as of this writing there are almost 50 parks in these three cities. Looks like you’ve got some exploring to do. Let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite area park.