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Projects & Initiatives

Parks planning and maintenance manage the design and 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.

  • Project Updates
    Evers Park Bridge and Trail Project:
    The City of Denton was awarded a $1,341,617 grant which requires $335,404 of local matching funds. This project is funded by the Texas Transportation Commission through the Texas Department of Transportation with a total project value of $1,677,021.
     
    Construction on the trail began February 1 and the contractor is setting forms and pouring the 12 feet wide trail along Riney Road, HWY 77, and towards the North Lakes Recycle Center. The trail is to be completed November 2017.
     
    North Lakes Adult Athletic Field Development Project:
    Phase I of this project includes four (4) adult athletic fields with parking and vehicle access. Phase II includes the installation of a permanent restroom/concession building. Both the site plan review and final plats are moving forward in the review process.

    Carl Young Splash Park CDBG Restroom Grant:
    On March 30, 2015, Parks requested $85,000 of Community Development Block Grant Funding to be matched by $10,000 of in-kind support to fund a restroom /changing room at Carl Young Park.
     
    The Spray Park will be funded with $200,000.00 of General Obligation Bonds and up to an additional $100,000 of various funds. The inclusion of a restroom facility is necessary to allow patrons an area to change clothes.
     
    A December 19, 2016 public meeting was held at MLK Jr. Rec Center for feedback and revisions to the Spray Park, restrooms, mechanical, electrical and plumbing submittals, as well as updates to the application for a Minor Plat. As of spring 2017, design is currently in revision.
     
  • 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