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Learn, at a glance, what's new and exciting in our parks and recreation world! From athletic news to urban forestry, we'll cover a little bit of everything. Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter if you want this delivered straight to your inbox! 

  • Master Plan for Urban Forestry
    trees.jpgPublic trees belong to the community of Denton, and the beauty of a lush green canopy is for all to enjoy. A striking urban forest can complement the built environment, offset the impact of urbanization, and enrich the lives of residents and visitors. An Urban Forest Master Plan (UFMP) provides a forum for community engagement, a shared vision, and a road map for the management of Denton’s urban forest resources over the next 20 years. 

    The development of the UFMP will include a comprehensive review of the existing resource, forestry operations, funding, municipal code, and planning policy, along with interviews with managing stakeholders and partners. The UFMP will be a living document identifying goals and action steps for the management and enhancement of Denton’s urban forest.

    The UFMP is currently under development and soon we’ll be looking for your opinion and participation at a community meeting.

    Staff contact: Haywood Morgan
    Haywood.Morgan@cityofdenton.com / (940) 349-8337
  • Butterfly Gardens
    Last winter, staff distributed over an acre of wildflower and butterfly seed mix on the south side of North Lakes Park. This was just before the beginning of the North Lakes Dog Park. The seed and flowers have quickly flourished and will be an added amenity for the dog park and an extension of the existing wildflower trail. 
    Also, the park system has a butterfly bed in the sign bed at the Civic Center Pool and a native Texas perennial bed at McKenna Park. Although the one at McKenna Park was not installed to be specifically a butterfly bed, it does contain many of the same plant material, but not milkweed.

    In the past, Keep Denton Beautiful has planted milkweed along the undeveloped tree lines at South Lakes Park and North Lakes Park. Denia Recreation Center also has a natural garden planted and maintained by Keep Denton Beautiful and volunteers.

    We are still exploring other areas within the park system to introduced the wildflower/butterfly seed mix. These butterfly gardens add to the beauty of the parks as well as reduce the need to mow the areas regularly.
  • Eagle Scout Project Improves Industrial Park
    As part of an Eagle Scout project, Daniel Stolle assisted the Parks Department in updating Industrial-Park-Project.jpgIndustrial Park. PARD supplied all the necessary supplies, and Daniel brought in 27 volunteers during the day who all dedicated their time and energy into updating the park.

    The group laid new sod, changed out the rocks on the side of the wall to decomposed granite, and assembled new picnic tables. The PARD crews installed the new tables and pads, and added granite to the west side of the park under the trees. It was a wonderful partnership and Industrial Park has benefited from the efforts.
  • Master Plan Overview
    The Purpose of the Plan

    The purpose of the plan is to serve as a road map for long-range priorities relative to existing and future parks, trails, recreation facilities, programs, operations, preservation, maintenance, and funding.The current Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan was adopted in 2001 and updated in 2009.

    The Need for the Plan

    Changes in the City’s Strategic Plan, community growth, development, and demographic trends, and emerging industry changes are some of the many reasons that make it necessary to revisit the needs of the community and redevelop the master plan. In addition to changes within the community, there is a need to revisit sustainability and maintenance management and approaches for aging inventory.

    The Process of the Plan

    Community engagement and public input are essential to the planning process and represent one of the three phases that will help us develop the plan. Together, we'll identify our current State of Play and engage the community to explore needs and priorities.

    Thereafter, we'll apply the data to establish plans and priorities that envision the next 10 to 20 years and present them to the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Board and City Council for consideration and approval to begin implementation.

    The Previous Plan

    Adopted in 2001 and last updated in 2009. Explore more below or review the entire 2009 Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan here.

  • Planning the Future of Parks

    Denton Parks, Recreation, and Trails Master Plan
    In November, staff began collecting data so we have a base of information to start the planning process. Staff selected 15+ consultants and industry association experts to assess and evaluate certain assets and services including, but not limited to, aquatics capital, recreation centers, forestry, trails, playgrounds, skate parks, mountain biking, athletics, maintenance, tennis, and more.

    As part of the planning process, we've initiated the development of several mini-plans to later supplement the full Master Plan.

    Outdoor Sign Plan
    In December, Assistant City Manager Mario Canizares delegated the development of a new outdoor sign plan to Parks and Recreation. The purpose of the plan is to unify sign design and fabrication for various facilities including City Hall, Parks and Recreation facilities, and maintenance centers. We're executing this plan in tandem with the development of a park signage plan.

    Urban Forest Master Plan
    Urban Forester Haywood Morgan hosted a kick-off meeting for the Urban Forest Master Plan on April 4 with the help of KDB, Streets, Engineering, Environmental Services, and more.

    Integrated Pest Management Plan
    The Texas Organic Research Center helped create a plan for 100% organic maintenance that City Council recently approved.

    Strategic Plan
    Staff have been working together to implement the new PARD Strategic Plan that rolls up and parallels the City's Strategic Plan. This new plan is based on the new brand that supports a Unite, Grow, Play mission and initiative.

  • Tree Mitigation

    Tree Mitigation
    The Tree Mitigation Fund is used to purchase, plant, and maintain trees on public property, to preserve wooded property that remains in a naturalistic state in perpetuity, to perform and maintain a city-wide tree inventory, and to educate citizens and developers on the benefits and value of trees.

    Tree Resources: Fannin Tree Farm, Texas A&M Forest Service, and University of Florida IFAS Extension

    Parks and Median Tree Planting Species
    Autumn Blaze Maple
    Burr Oak
    Cedar Elm
    Chinese Pistache
    Chinkapin Oak
    Live Oak
    Pond Cypress
    Shumard Red Oak
    Southern Magnolia

  • Playground Updates
    The Playground Replacement Plan outlines play structure replacements and anticipated costs for the next 15+ years. A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was approved to replace the play structure at MLK Jr. Rec Center and an application was submitted for unallocated CDBG funds to help replace one of the three play structures at Quakertown Park.

    So far in 2019, Denia Park, Milam Park, and Fred Moore Park playground structures have been installed and are currently open.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Neighborhood Fishin'
    Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) and Denton Parks and Rec offer Neighborhood Fishin' at the south pond in South Lakes Park, located at 556 Hobson Ln. The Neighborhood Fishin' program offers a quality fishing experience to urban families who want to enjoy the outdoors in their own communities. TPWD works with local governments to stock neighborhood lakes with fish that are fun and easy to catch. Click here for stocking details and a schedule.

    Fishing Regulations

    • Participants, age 17+, must have a valid fishing license with a freshwater stamp. 16 and under fish for free. Click here to find a location where licenses are sold.
    • Fish with pole and line only.
    • No more than two fishing poles per person.

    Bag Size and Limits

    • Five per day for channel catfish or rainbow trout.
    • No minimum length.
    • For limits on other species, see the Outdoor Annual.

    What to Fish

    Stocking of channel catfish begins the third week in April and continues through summer into fall. Fish are stocked approximately every two weeks, except in August. Catfish are attracted to strong-smelling baits. Try using nightcrawlers, chicken livers, shrimp, stinkbait, or cut hot dogs.

    Rainbow trout prefer cold water. In most parts of Texas, they can survive only in winter. Trout stocking begins in December and continues every two weeks until early March. Cheese, kernel corn, nightcrawlers, red wigglers, and meal worms make good trout baits. For lures, try a small inline spinnerbait or a spoon.
  • Denton Park Memorial Program

    A park memorial offers donors the opportunity to purchase a bench, tree, brick, or picket in honor of a loved one and allow their memory to live on in an act of service or enhancement to City parks.

    To submit a memorial request, contact Denton Parks and Rec at (940) 349-7275. Our goal is to assist you with your request by reviewing options, location, installation, payment, and dedication.