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Projects & Initiatives

Park Maintenance staff manage and maintain the development of parks, playgrounds, and trails. It's an evolving plan that requires a variety of processes including conceptual design, development, project management, and community outreach. In addition, we are committed to implementing initiatives that are created to respond to community needs. 

10-Year Parks, Recreation, and Trails System Master Plan

  • Project Updates
    Denton, TX Integrated Pest Management Program - Green Policy

    I-35 Art Medallions at North Texas Boulevard:

    Anticipated in November 2017, pending completion of North Texas Blvd. Bridge.
    Evers Trail (TxDOT Grant):
    This project is 95% completed with the projected completion date of February 2018.

    Lake Forest Dam Study:
    Staff received a proposal and will forward it to the City Manager for approval. Anticipated completion is February 2018.
    Loon Lake Trail Connection:
    The trail connection design is complete and Real Estate is purchasing easements in the Wind River Addition with an anticipated completion date of March 2018.
    Vela Soccer Complex:
    Project specifications and plans have been completed and additional project incentives are currently being added before Purchasing releases it for advertising.
    Oakwood and IOOF Cemetery Fence:
    The contract has been awarded to Rock Star Welding and work has begun with a projected completion date of June 2018.
    2014 Bond Playground Replacements:
    Staff is working on a Request for Proposal, with an anticipated completion date of April 2020.
    Recently Completed Projects:
    • Accessible swing at Ernest Dallas Park
    • Amenity rebuild, rearrangement and pyramid ramp installed at Skate Park
    • Londonderry playground replacement at South Lakes Park
    • Shade structure installation golf driving range
    • Wave pool at Water Works Park
    • Avondale sidewalk
    • Oakwood and IOOF Cemetery headstone repair phase 1
    • Resurface Avondale multipurpose court 
    • 9/11 Firefighters Memorial at Central Fire Station
    • Surls artwork at Denton Civic Center
    • Fred Moore Park athletic field
    • Carl Young Spray Ground
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Parks and Trails Water Fountains

    Stay hydrated and know before you go where water fountains are located throughout your City parks and trails.

    Water Fountain Locations

  • 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.