Welcome to the Neighborhood
These four cities may not be as happening as nearby Southlake, but with a more central location and lower cost of living, this is a desirable part of town for families who appreciate the comfortable neighborhoods and kid-friendly recreation opportunities. You get the best of both worlds in North Richland Hills: a smalltown feel and a few big-city amenities and attractions, like a citywide trail system and NRH2O, a water park long beloved by Dallas- Fort Worth families. The city blends seamlessly with Hurst—one of the three Mid-Cities—at the nexus of Highway 183 and Loop 820, where tolled express lanes have made it even easier to head west to Fort Worth or east into Dallas. This junction is also the home of Hurst’s North East Mall, a family go-to with kid-approved restaurants like BJ’s (Pizookie, anyone?) and a three-story movie theater. Hurst, Euless and Bedford have a lot of older, more established neighborhoods, but Euless and Bedford command higher housing prices.
● BIRDVILLE ISD
Elementary schools: 21
Middle schools: 4
High schools: 5
Advanced learning centers: 1
● HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD ISD
1849 Central Drive, Bedford, 817/283-4461; hebisd.edu
Elementary schools: 20
Junior high schools: 5
High schools: 2
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
North Richland Hills (private)
St. John the Apostle Catholic School, 2008
North Richland Hills (Birdville ISD)
Green Valley Elementary School, 2005
North Ridge Elementary School, 1998-99
Smithfield Elementary School, 2017
Hurst Junior High School, 2010
Bear Creek Elementary School, 1998-99
Central Junior High School, 2010
Bedford (HEB ISD)
Harwood Junior High School, 1986-87
● BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open daily; Monday, Wednesday and Thursday open till 9pm
2424 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 817/952-2350; bedfordlibrary.org
● HURST PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; Tuesday and Thursday open till 9pm
901 Precinct Line Road, Hurst, 817/788-7300; hursttx.gov/library
● MARY LIB SALEH EULESS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 9pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
201 N. Ector Drive, Euless, 817/685-1480; euless.org/library
● NORTH RICHLAND HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Monday–Thursday 9am–9pm, Friday 9am–6pm and Saturday 9am–5pm
9015 Grand Ave., North Richland Hills, 817/427-6800; library.nrhtx.com
Health & Fitness 101
● AIRPORT AREA YMCA
3524 Central Drive, Bedford, 817/571-3371; ymcafw.org
● BOYS RANCH ACTIVITY CENTER
2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 817/952-2323; bedfordtx.gov
● HURST RECREATION CENTER
700 Mary Drive, Hurst, 817/788-7325; hursttx.gov
● NRH CENTRE
6000 Hawk Ave., North Richland Hills, 817/427-6600; nrhcentre.com
● ADVENTURE WORLD PLAYGROUND
This woodlands-inspired playground is located on the southern end of the 100-acre Cross Timbers Park with hike and bike trails (soft and concrete surfaces) that extend through the park.
7451 Starnes Road, North Richland Hills, 817/427-6620; nrhtx.com
● BEDFORD FARMERS MARKET
Open year-round: Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm, Sunday 9am–6pm
2824 Brown Trail, Bedford, 817/358-9510; facebook.com/bfmkt
● BEDFORD TRAILS LINEAR PARK
Walk or bike the 1.5-mile paved trail that runs from Woodpark Lane on the east, by the Bark Park at Meadow Park, to Forest Ridge Drive, then up the street to the Boys Ranch Activity Center.
● CENTRAL PARK
Tarrant County’s own Central Park features 17.5 acres of park land that includes a playground and a pavilion. With a capacity of about 40 and three picnic tables, it’s an ideal space to rent for birthday parties and other events.
700 block of Mary Drive, 817/788-7327; hursttx.gov
● CHISHOLM PARK
This 50-acre park is not only the largest in Hurst, with walking trails, two playgrounds and a fishing pond, but it also is home to the Chisholm Aquatics Center. The seasonal water park features slide towers that spill out into a lazy river, diving boards into a separate pool, a kiddie playground and a splash pad.
2200 Norwood Drive, Hurst, 817/788-7250; hursttx.gov
● VILLAGES OF BEAR CREEK PARK
Play at the two tree-shaded playgrounds in the park. For even more fun, explore the 3-mile nature trail—complete with educational signs about plant and tree species—that connects to the Preserve at McCormick Park and farther west to Bob Eden Park.
1951 Bear Creek Parkway, Euless, 817/685-1429; eulesstx.gov/pacs/parks
● BEDFORD SPLASH AQUATIC CENTER
During the summer months, beat the heat at this water playground. Big kids should head straight to the ProBOWL, a high-thrill body slide that spins riders like a water cyclone, while littles will love the water slide and beached boat in the tot pool.
2801 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, 817/952-2384; bedfordsplash.com
● CENTRAL AQUATICS CENTER
Kids can explore the splash pad and interactive water features, take turns on one of three berm slides or sail down the big slide that dumps into a receiving pool, and play in the activity pool with zero-depth entry.
715 Mary Drive, Hurst, 817/788-7327; hursttx.gov
● NATATORIUM AND AQUATIC PARK
Splash year-round indoors at the natatorium and during the heat of the summer at the outdoor water park with a toddler playground, lazy river and a lilypad walk.
300 W. Midway Drive, Euless, 817/685-1666 (natatorium), 817/399-4715 (aquatic park)
● MID-CITIES MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (MCMOMS)
Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at First Baptist Church of Hurst at 7pm. Email email@example.com for membership inquiries.
1801 Norwood Drive, Hurst; mcmoms.org
● MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS) OF LEGACY CHURCH OF CHRIST
Meets two Friday mornings every month.
8801 Mid-Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills; legacycoc.org/mops