Arlington, Mansfield, Dalworthington Gardens, Grand Prairie
A guide to the neighborhood
Published July 2018 FortWorthChild
Updated December 19, 2018
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Welcome to the Neighborhood
These would be your typical suburbs if it weren’t for the entertainment mecca along Interstate 30—for residents in this part of Tarrant and Dallas counties, it’s an easy drive to Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Cowboys games and Texas Live!, the entertainment complex that will adjoin the Rangers’ new ballpark. And the recently opened Epic Waters indoor water park is a big bonus for families in Grand Prairie, who get discounted admission and membership. In fact, new construction is a theme around these parts—congestion notwithstanding, residents can look forward to a ton of amenities arriving in the near future, including expanded dining options, charter schools and the rest of Grand Prairie’s EpicCentral development, which will house a 10-acre all-abilities playground and a massive, family-oriented rec center. South of Arlington, Mansfield is a diverse suburb that’s quite a bit smaller and slightly further from Fort Worth; thankfully, continued growth has brought new shops, restaurants and parks to the city.

Education
● ARLINGTON ISD
1203 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, 682/867-4611; aisd.net
Early education centers: 1
Elementary schools: 52
Junior high schools: 10
High schools: 9

● MANSFIELD ISD
605 E. Broad St., Mansfield, 817/299-6300; mansfieldisd.org
Elementary schools: 23
Intermediate schools: 6
Middle schools: 7
High schools: 6

● GRAND PRAIRIE ISD
2602 S. Belt Line Rd., Grand Prairie, 972/264-6141; gpisd.org
Elementary schools: 11
Middle schools: 6
High schools: 3

● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Arlington (private)
The Montessori Academy, 1998-99

Arlington (Arlington ISD)
Pope Elementary School, 1985-86

Grand Prairie (private)
Immaculate Conception School, 1985-86

Libraries
ARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
817/459-6900; arlingtonlibrary.org
● EAST ARLINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm Monday–Thursday
1624 New York Ave., Arlington
● GEORGE W. HAWKES DOWNTOWN LIBRARY
This colorful, new downtown library opened in June 2018. Check out the interactive Discover wall and the playroom for story times and other library events.
Open daily; Monday–Thursday open till 9pm.
100 S. Center St., Arlington
● LAKE ARLINGTON BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
Monday–Thursday
4000 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington
● NORTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
Monday–Thursday
1905 Brown Blvd., Arlington
● SOUTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY
Open daily; Monday–Thursday till 8pm
900 SE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington
● SOUTHWEST BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
Monday–Thursday
3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington
● WOODLAND WEST BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
Monday–Thursday
2837 W. Park Row Drive, Arlington

GRAND PRAIRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
gptx.org/library
● BETTY WARMACK LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 8pm Monday–Thursday
760 Bardin Road, Grand Prairie, 972/ 237-5770
● GRAND PRAIRIE MAIN LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 9pm Monday–Thursday
901 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, 972/237-5700
● TONY SHOTWELL LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm
Monday–Thursday
2750 Graham St., Grand Prairie, 972/237-7540

● MANSFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm Tuesday and Thursday
104 S. Wisteria St., Mansfield, 817/ 728-3690; mansfieldtexas.gov

Health & Fitness 101
ARLINGTON RECREATION CENTERS
naturallyfun.org
● CLIFF NELSON RECREATION CENTER
4600 W. Bardin Road, Arlington, 817/561-2819
● DOTTIE LYNN RECREATION CENTER
A preschool program and adult classes are available, including aerobics and weight training.
3200 Norwood Lane, Arlington, 817/277-5001
● ELZIE ODOM ATHLETIC CENTER
1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, 817/459-6434
● HUGH SMITH RECREATION CENTER
Swim year-round at this rec center with an indoor pool.
1815 New York Ave., Arlington, 817/275-1351

● KIRBY CREEK NATATORIUM
The facility has heated indoor pools, water aerobics classes and space for you to host your little ones’ birthday parties. Call ahead for inquiries on booking party reservations.
3201 Corn Valley Road, Grand Prairie, 972/237-4170; grandfungp.com

● MANSFIELD ACTIVITIES CENTER
106 S. Wisteria St., Mansfield, 817/728-3680; mansfieldparks.com

● MANSFIELD ISD NATATORIUM
1001 N. Holland Road, Mansfield, 817/276-5230; mansfieldisd.org

YMCA OF ARLINGTON
amaymca.org
● NORTH YMCA FAMILY CENTER
1005 Skyline Drive, Arlington, 817/548-9622
● CENTRAL YMCA FAMILY CENTER
2200 S. Davis Drive, Arlington, 817/274-9622
● COOPER STREET YMCA
7120 S. Cooper St., Arlington, 817/419-9629

Green Scene
● ELMER W. OLIVER NATURE PARK
Explore 80 acres of nature and sign your little one up for educational classes, such as hiking with a naturalist and painting in the park. Open daily 5am–9pm from March–October.
1650 Matlock Road, Mansfield; olivernaturepark.com

● FRIENDSHIP PARK
Home to a playground, tennis courts, a drinking fountain, a basketball court and picnic tables.
525 Polo Road, Grand Prairie; grandfungp.com

● GRAND PRAIRIE FARMERS MARKET
Open Saturdays March–December
120 W. Main St., Grand Prairie; gptx.org/businesses/farmers-market

● GREEN’S PRODUCE AND PLANTS
This indoor-outdoor market sources foods from all over the country. Open year-round, Sunday 8am–6pm, Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm.
3001 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 817/274-2435; greensproduce.com

● JOE POOL LAKE
Nature-goers have plenty to explore in the surrounding parks, camping sites and marinas.
6399 FM 1382, Dallas, 972/299-2227; joe-pool-lake.org

● MANSFIELD FARMERS MARKET
Open April–October every Saturday from 8am–noon.
703 E. Broad St., Mansfield; mansfieldtxfarmersmarket.com

● PAPPY ELKINS PARK
Cast your fishing line into Elkins Lake, have fun on the playground’s four-person seesaw and play a game of catch at the R.W. Grimes baseball field—whatever you do, be sure to stay and watch the sunset over the lake. Come back in the spring for family photos in the bluebonnets.
3299 Elkins Drive, Arlington, 817/274-7368; cityofdwg.net

● RIVER LEGACY PARK
Escape to this massive 1,031-acre park for nature exploring with the kids. Bike through more than 10 miles of cross-country bike trails with stops at river overlooks, launch a canoe from the Collins Street access and come for more nature programs at the River Legacy Living Science Center.
701 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington; naturallyfun.org/river-legacy-parks

● SOUTHWEST NATURE PRESERVE
Learn about the Cross Timbers ecosystem on the boardwalk and nature trails at this 58-acre gem—if you’re feeling adventurous, make the trek to the peak of Kennedale Mountain for panoramic views.
5201 Bowman Springs Road, Arlington, 817/459-5474; swnp.org

Family Factor
● ARLINGTON SPLASH PADS, AQUATIC CENTERS AND POOLS
Add the Arlington splash pads and pools to your regular rotation, especially Don Misenhimer Splash Pad, which features play sculptures in the shape of a dolphin, turtle and whale. At the Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, discover what it feels like to swim in a vortex pool—one of the many swim features and amenities at this outdoor water park. Return for outdoor time at the playgrounds and short bike-and-hike trails even after summer ends.
naturallyfun.org/aquatics

● CLAYTON W. CHANDLER PARK SPLASH PAD
Mansfield’s first splash pad and first skateboarding plaza opened in August 2017.
1530 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield, 817/473-1943; mansfieldparks.com

● FREE PLAY ARCADE
School your kiddos in some old-fashioned games. This venue has old-school arcade games like Pac-Man® and Tron®, plus pinball machines. Entry fee is $10.
400 E. South St., Arlington, 682/302-1178; freeplayarlington.com

● GRAND PRAIRIE AQUATICS
Kiddos can cool off at three various pools and one splash palyground, Splash Factory Outdoor Water Playground, where they run through the ground sprays, magic touch water guns, water wall and more. Admission is $2 per person.
grandfungp.com/aquatics

● MANSFIELD 30 IN 30
Take the kids on a scavenger hunt to find all 30 paintings—from murals to tiny sidewalk drawings—around Main Street; pick up a free postcard with snippets of each artwork at the Mansfield Historical Museum and Heritage Center (call for open hours).
102 N. Main St., Mansfield, 817/473-4250; mansfieldhistory.org

● URBAN AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK
Kids have a blast rock climbing, bouncing indoors, participating in virtual-reality games and maneuvering through obstacle courses. The venue can also host birthday parties.
989 N. Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield; 682/232-1709; urbanairtrampolinepark.com

Mom Groups
● ARLINGTON MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (AMOM)
Meets every first Tuesday of the month at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ at 7pm.
6102 W. Pleasant Ridge Road, Arlington; amoms.info

● MOMS CLUB OF GRAND PRAIRIE AND MANSFIELD
Monthly meetings, field trips, and other events and support for moms. Participate for free for 30 days before you join. Dues for the first year are $20.
meetup.com/gpmomsclub

● MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF WALNUT RIDGE
Meets the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Walnut Ridge Church Main Campus. Dues are $31.95 per year.
1201 S. Highway 360, Mansfield; mops.org/groups/mopsofwalnutridge