East Fort Worth

A guide to the neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood
Just a few miles beyond Cowtown’s Central Business District is the secluded White Lake Hills. Nestled in the hills surrounding White Lake, the established area is a scenic respite from the busyness of downtown, with 550-plus homes (some with a lake vista) and an active neighborhood association. The nearby neighborhoods of Meadowbrook and Eastern Hills have their roots in the historic Tandy Ranch, so it’s no surprise they border impressive green spaces like the Tandy Hills Natural Area—the prairieland is the prime viewing spot for everything from astronomical events (courtesy of monthly start parties) to an assortment of wildflowers that goes far beyond bluebonnets. Furry friends have their own amenities at Gateway Park, home to the county’s first off-leash dog park, Fort Woof. Best of all, these neighborhoods are just a 10-minute drive from all the kid-approved activities downtown.

Education
● FORT WORTH ISD

100 N. University Drive, Fort Worth, 817/871-2000; fwisd.org
Elementary schools: 82
Middle schools: 18
High schools: 16

Libraries
FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
fortworthtexas.gov/library
● EAST REGIONAL
Open Monday and Wednesday noon–8pm and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am–6pm
6301 Bridge St., Fort Worth, 817/392-5550
● EAST BERRY BRANCH
Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 10am–6pm and Wednesday noon–8pm
4300 E. Berry St., Fort Worth, 817/392-5470
● E-SKILLS LIBRARY
(formerly Meadowbrook Branch)
Open Monday noon–8pm and Tuesday–Thursday and Sunday 10am–6pm
2800 Stark St., Fort Worth, 817/392-6621

Health & Fitness 101
FORT WORTH COMMUNITY CENTERS
fortworthtexas.gov/parks/centers
● EUGENE MCCRAY COMMUNITY
CENTER (reopens October 2018)
4932 Wilbarger St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7146
● HANDLEY MEADOWBROOK COMMUNITY CENTER (reopens October 2018)
6201 Beaty St., Fort Worth, 817/392-2830
● MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. COMMUNITY CENTER
5565 Truman Drive, Fort Worth, 817/392-5966
● RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER
3700 E. Belknap St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7640
● SYCAMORE COMMUNITY CENTER
2525 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7650

● EASTSIDE YMCA
1500 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, 817/451-8276; ymcafw.org

Green Scene
● GATEWAY PARK
One of the city’s main attractions—and rightfully so—is this 1,000-acre park. The urban-programmed park offers disc golf courses, sports fields, biking trails as well as programmed environmental features to restore and preserve the riverbank, wetlands and parkland. Park at the Oakland Boulevard trailhead to access the east loop of mountain biking trails, or enter through Beach Street for the west loop trail or dog park. Coming for a view of the west fork of the Trinity River? Walk over to the scenic overlooks or launch your kayak for a trip down the Trinity.
1701 N. Beach St., Fort Worth, 817/698-0700; trinityrivervision.org/gateway-park

● TANDY HILLS NATURAL AREA
You won’t believe the variety of wildflowers and striking foliage that cover this 160-acre native prairie. Come during the day for a leisurely hike through the fields and after dark for the monthly star parties.
3400 View St., Fort Worth, 817/731-2787; tandyhills.org

Chow Down
● GRIFF’S HAMBURGERS
Satisfying the fried fix for many Meadowbrook and White Lake Hills locals, this old-school counter-service chain has the standard burgers and fries, plus a menu of sundaes using every Texan’s favorite sweet treat—Blue Bell ice cream.
4224 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, 817/534-8222; griffshamburgers.com

● TACO HEADS
East Fort Worth is only minutes from the heart of downtown, meaning that some of the city’s best restaurants are a quick car ride away. Locals love the fresh bites served up curbside by this famed food truck. Traditional dishes like carnitas tacos and shrimp ceviche are offered alongside more experimental fare like bourbon black beans and charred avocado tacos. Little ones can choose from kid-friendly options like quesadilla, tacos and hand-shucked corn. Save room for dessert—you can’t miss out on the dangerously addictive pan dulce with a scoop of Blue Bell ice cream.
1812 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, 817/615-9899; tacoheads.com

Family Factor
● FALL FESTIVAL
The annual festival kicks off with a 5K run and closes with a neighborhoodwide potluck dinner. During the festival, locals trace the town’s history from its roots as the home of the Comanche Nation to its requisite cattle-ridden Cowtown years to its current-day state as a family-friendly destination in Tarrant County. whitelakehills.org

● FOURTH OF JULY
Local veterans and furry friends have their chance to march or perch on a float during this annual celebration in White Lake Hills.
whitelakehills.org

● LOLA’S SALOON AND TRAILER PARK
The popular watering hole serves a long list of cheap brews, while the adjacent indoor/outdoor trailer park is a family- and dog-friendly venue that plays host to nightly live music and daytime events like monthly Rock ’n’ Roll Rummage sales, farmers markets, and music lessons and jam sessions. Check out the website for more information about upcoming events.
2735 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth, 817/759-9100; lolassaloon.com

● MEADOWBROOK GOLF COURSE
Tee off at the 18-hole course that is considered hillier than many other Lone Star courses. Experienced and novice golfers alike will be challenged on the green.
1815 Jenson Road, Fort Worth, 817/457-4616; fortworthgolf.org

● SYCAMORE SPRAY GROUND
Every day during the summer, cool off for free. Enjoy the waterfalls under the giant water bucket, or have some spray play with water cannons and bubblers at this splash zone outside the Sycamore Community Center.
2525 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth, 817/392-7650; fortworthtexas.gov/sycamoresprayground

Mom Groups
● MEET YOUR MOAI
If you’re new to White Lake Hills, look into joining one of the community’s many moais. These small groups of locals are designed to foster community relationships and healthy habits through fun activities like daily walks, potluck dinners and restaurant meetups. Visit the Blue Zones Project website for more information and to sign up.
meetyourmoai.com