The bulldozers are rolling, the ground is moving, but does anyone really know what’s going on at Chandler Park? Quite simply, a lot.
The 13-acre park, located off Walnut Creek Drive near Debbie Lane, adjacent to both Wester Middle School and Asa Low Intermediate School, has been part of Mansfield’s park system since its first construction in 1976 as North Park. Previous improvements added football fields, restrooms and parking among other items, but nothing like the work currently underway.
The $3.5 million plan to renovated Clayton W. Chandler Park, named after the city’s current and long-time city manager, will bring several amenities not normally seen in one park. Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department collaborated with design consultants La Terra Studio to develop new plan, sure to be appreciated by residents from across the city. The football fields will remain, and will be joined by a lighted basketball court and sand volleyball courts. The existing tennis courts are being renovated, with improved lighting, new fencing and a plaza area.
For the littlest visitors, two new playgrounds are in store. Designed specifically for both the ages 2-5 and ages 5-12, the play areas will include something for everyone, planners say. Perhaps most exciting, Chandler Park will be home to Mansfield’s first splash pad, with a large play space open seasonally during regular park hours for visitors to cool off and have fun. The splash pad includes ground jet sprays, umbrella fountains and twirling above-ground sprayers. It also includes a recirculating system that recycles and disinfects the water as moves through the system, cutting down on costs and water waste while keeping everyone refreshed and safe.
“We’re all really excited about the splash pad,” said Chris Ray, city park planner and project supervisor. “I am always excited for new park elements, especially when they’re the first one in the city.”
Chandler Park will also feature another huge first for Mansfield: a dedicated skateboarding space, called a Skate Spot. Unlike a full-size skate park, Skate Spot is smaller and provides space for modular skating, a hybrid of urban plaza and modular pieces. Budding Tony Hawks will find plenty of opportunities to practice their skills and enjoy the facility that adheres to all State of Texas public skate safety rules and regulations.
Visitors looking for a slightly lower-impact experience can enjoy the quarter-mile concrete looped trail that winds around all of the facilities, with four fitness stations spaced along the way. The equipment focuses on the functional movement of different muscle groups and appropriate for all age groups and fitness levels. The park is topped off with pavilions, picnic tables, open play spaces, landscaping and a gorgeous half-acre pond.
Construction on Chandler Park began in fall 2016 and is expected to be completed this summer.
“This will be one of the most diversely, actively programmed parks in the city,” Ray said. “It will not only have the city’s first splash pad and skate spot, but it will also have basketball, volleyball, tennis, two playgrounds, a walking trail, outdoor exercise equipment, potential fishing, and a lawn for just relaxing. This park truly has something for everyone.”