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Best playgrounds in the Fort Worth area

Landon Jones, Zoe Fontenot and Preston Greer had a swingin' good time at Sunrise Creative Playground in Arlington. (Photo by Ron Ennis, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

This trio of tots had a swingin' good time at Sunrise Creative Playground in Arlington. (Photo by Ron Ennis, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

My kids and I searched high and low for the best playgrounds in the Fort Worth area. We needed lots of room to romp, shade, restrooms, seating and a toddler-friendly play zone. We found a half-dozen hidden treasures throughout Tarrant County. Our faves are listed below. What are yours? (Maybe we’ll meet you there for a playdate!)

OUR FAVES:

1. J.W. Dunlop Sports Center (Sunrise Creative Playground), 1500 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

  • Why we like it: It has nearly everything we look for in a playground: It’s large and shady, and little ones can play safely on the big-kid stuff; the screened-in play structure prevents falls from high up.  Plus, there’s a deep, roomy sandbox in the Tot Lot. NOTE: Watch out for cobwebs underneath the play structure.

2. Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive, Fort Worth

  • Why we like it: Lots of slides, tunnels, swings, things to climb on and into. The play area is massive and really shady. NOTE: Check out the duck pond, which you’ll find if you follow the winding road through the park. And definitely take a ride on the miniature train, which takes a 5-mile trip throughout the park. (Check www.fpmt.us for times and ticket prices.)

3. Glenview Baptist Church’s indoor playscape, 4805 N.E. Loop 820, Fort Worth (near Haltom City)

  • Why we like it: The three-story treehouse has five slides, one of which is the tallest spiral slide in Texas. Mazes throughout the treehouse lead to various levels of fun and adventure. There’s a “Romper Room” for crawlers and new walkers. Plus, it’s indoors and there’s no admission fee. (See www.glenviewchurch.org for hours; click on “Ministries,” then “Preschool & Children’s Ministry”)

4. Johnson Road Park, 640 Johnson Road, Keller

  • Why we like it: The castlelike play structure has bridges and towers all around. There’s also a sandbox, a climbing wall, several sets of swings and a ship-shaped playhouse; the play area is huge and offers  great spots to play hide-and-seek. And the “Tot Lot” has baby swings, slides, lower-to-the-ground monkey bars and a padded surface.

5. Chisholm Park, 2200 Norwood Drive, Hurst

  • Why we like it: Plenty of room to run and lots to do here, with a couple of play areas; six slides, several climbing walls, a handful of swings and a tot spot. Plus there’s something for nearly everyone: fishing, swimming, jogging trails and more. NOTE: Plenty of shade over the park itself but none over the playground.

6. Town Park, 500 N. Main St., Mansfield

  • Why we like it: Two play areas, which are partially padded, offer plenty of room to roam; five slides, swings, jungle gyms made of ropes, climbing wall, lily pads, paddlewheel; tot spot; spinning monkey bars were fun  (for moms and dads, too)!
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11 comments on “Best playgrounds in the Fort Worth area

  1. Shelley
    September 10, 2008

    Awesome post. So nice to find another “mommy blogger” that lives in Fort Worth.

  2. Crystal
    May 7, 2009

    I am looking for a park to have my son’s birthday party at. Would Johnson Park or Chisolm Park be a good area? We would need pavillion and restrooms. Thanks for your time.

  3. kristen
    July 3, 2010

    thank you so much for putting this post together! i am new to the ft worth area and this is very helpful.

    • Melinda Bradley
      February 20, 2014

      So helpful! I’m new to the area, and live in Northwest Fort Worth. I’ve been marveling at the lack of public parks! I’m going to have to drive a little, it seems. Thanks for your great post!
      Melinda

  4. latishawilliams
    March 26, 2012

    I’m looking for a park in fort worth to have my daughters birthday party. We will need a park with restrooms. I’m not from here so its pretty hard to find a good park. Is Trinity park a great park with restrooms.?

  5. latishawilliams
    March 26, 2012

    I’m looking for a park in fort worth to have my daughters birthday party. We will need a park with restrooms. I’m not from here so its pretty hard to find a good park. Is Trinity park a great park with restrooms.? It would be a great help if I could get feed back.

  6. Janna
    October 21, 2012

    THANK YOU for this! I have a 2 yr old and it is SO hard to find things to do with him!!

  7. angela
    November 3, 2012

    Thank you!!! We are checking out some of these parks today! :)

  8. brandy
    June 10, 2013

    South of I-30 off Forst Park is another fantastic park. I accidentally found this one and my kids love it. It has lots of slides, a small area for little ones, swings and a walking track as well as a great scenic view. I saw girl scouts bird watching and there is a secret trail that leads down to the Forest Park City Pool. It is a short walk but very neat.

  9. Kristy
    July 23, 2014

    Are there any parks that are in Johnson County, that are great for younger and older kids?

    • Felicia P.
      July 24, 2014

      I’m not familiar with Johnson County, Kristy. I would suggest going to your city/county website and looking at their Parks and Rec department to see what they offer. Then, take a field trip!

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