FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Rosie Delgado often takes care of her toddler granddaughter Grace when Delgado’s son is busy. But Delgado steers clear of the park on her street, Terry Park. Its peeling, outdated equipment and playing surface are not appealing to little ones. And as night falls it becomes the haunt of suspicious characters.
“When I go there I just want to come back home,” Delgado said. “Because I get so scared. So I just come back home.”
Delgado’s neighborhood and others in north Fort Worth have been passed by the growth all around them. On one side of construction there are new restaurants and nice sidewalks and curbs. On Delgado’s side there are aging homes and cracked sidewalks.
“You see from the stop sign down there the streets are new,” she said as she pointed to the end of the road. “But not ours.”
Fort Worth has pulled together nearly $900,000 dollars to rebuild neighborhood parks and spark interest in these older neighborhoods. In one case, the neighborhood has had this park land set aside for nearly a decade, but there was no money to develop it. The city hopes the parks will bolster the value of the neighborhoods.
“A lot of studies show that proximity to park land will increase property values,” said Joel McElhany with the Fort Worth Parks Department. “So in other words, all things equal the closer the home is to a park there’s an increase in property value.”
For Delgado, there’s also the value of peace of mind and a renewed pride in her neighborhood.
“We were waiting for that park,” she said. “A new park! We are even going to have a handicap thing for the handicapped children. It’s going to be really nice. I’m excited to see it!”
Construction is to begin in September and finish in March 2016.