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City Shapers and Place Makers: Fort Worth's Public Parks


Susan Allen Kline, Susan Allen Kline, Historic Preservation Consultant


CE Sessions
Environment/Community, Preservation/Restoration
1.00 HSW
1.00 LUH


Friday, November 8, 2013
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Class Code: 87

Room / Location

Room 200 / Convention Center Second Floor


In the late 19th and early 20th century, Fort Worth residents came to recognize that a comprehensive park system could address issues associated with the city's urban growth. Park master plans and individual park plans created by landscape experts George Kessler and Hare and Hare directly influenced the city's physical shape, as well as its economic and cultural development. These parks provided for the preservation of scenic and geographically diverse areas, and created open spaces within neighborhoods, giving all residents constructive ways to use their leisure time for the benefit of body and mind.

New Deal programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Civil Works Administration, and Works Progress Administration also had a profound impact on park development and left a physical legacy still evident across the city. In the last half of the 20th century, public and private partnerships created innovative programs and acclaimed park designs such as the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Heritage Park Plaza, while remaking areas of the city to reflect societal and aesthetic trends. Come explore how the history of Fort Worth's public parks has affected the nature of the city, and the community, over more than a century!


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