Learn about a new vision for Heritage Park and surrounding area – Welcome to the City of Fort Worth

Published on April 15, 2021

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives Inc. (DFWII), in cooperation with the City of Fort Worth, is promoting the Heritage Park, the Paddock Park and the associated street image projects in the city center.

After a qualification request process, DFWII signed a design services contract with MIG, a national design, planning and architecture firm. MIG has offices in San Antonio and most recently completed the Confluence: The Trinity River master plan. The MIG team includes the local partners Huitt-Zollars and Emraes. Bennett Benner Partners will continue to lead the way in the restoration of the Heritage Plaza.

“This is a milestone for DFWII and the city center,” said Eddie Broussard, chairman of DFWI. “Connecting the city center so directly with the Heritage Plaza and the river is a long-awaited destination for the entire community.”

Three virtual public meetings are planned to discuss design concepts, park improvements and receive community feedback:

Registration is required to receive a meeting link.

“The more public we have, the better the end product will be,” said Valerie Washington, assistant city manager. “This project will serve the entire city, our guests and visitors.”

The Heritage Park Plaza, 300 N. Main St., designed by the well-known landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, has been closed to the public since 2004 for safety reasons.

“The bluff is a natural resource that gave birth to Fort Worth,” said Louise Appleman, co-chair of the private fundraiser alongside Fort Worth architect Randy Gideon. “When we allow people to take advantage of the bluff and see the beauty of our topography, it opens up new opportunities for everyone to experience the river, our spectacular views, downtown and the bluff for themselves.”

Visit the DFWII website for more information.

Photo: Paddock Park, which now serves as the two-acre traffic median, is being converted into a new, elegant park at the foot of the Tarrant County Courthouse.

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