By Ken Molestina

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Some much needed green space is coming to a historic Fort Worth neighborhood.

City officials announced they bought extra land adjacent to the Fire Station Community Center in the Fairmount area to expand a park that’s already there.

Fort Worth council member Ann Zadeh represents that district and said the expansion plan is both needed and highly desired.

“The idea is to keep some open green space in the urban core,” said Zadeh.

The extra space is a 1.35 acre lot located on 1616 Hemphill Street. It sits directly behind the Fire Station Community center, which has served the community for many years.

The current Fire Station Community center is 1.7 acres in size.

Zadeh said they haven’t made a final decision on what exactly the new green space will be developed into but it help in revitalizing the Hemphill Street corridor.

She added, “Well I have my own personal vision, which includes a lot of open and green space. Places for people to congregate and meet.”

The land was purchased with city redevelopment funds from the Southside Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

One Fairmount resident, Whitney Myers said, “I would love to see some sort of splash park for the kids.”

Public meetings will now be held to hear what suggestions residents of the area have for the green space.

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