Welcome to the Neighborhood
For a room with a view—while still holding on to your job downtown—this is your neck of the woods. (Literally!) The woodsy Northwest Tarrant area offers a respite away from city life while still boasting metropolitan amenities, like Azle’s city-funded performing arts scene and access to thriving independent school districts in Azle, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw and Lake Worth. Homes on the banks of Lake Worth are a hot (and costly) commodity, but families can still enjoy a daily dose of nature in one of many planned communities.
● AZLE ISD
Elementary schools: 7
Junior high schools: 2
High school: 1
● EAGLE MOUNTAIN-SAGINAW ISD
1200 Old Decatur Road, Fort Worth, 817/232-0880; emsisd.com
Elementary schools: 15
Middle schools: 5
High schools: 4
● LAKE WORTH ISD
6805 Telephone Road, Lake Worth, 817/306-4200; lwisd.org
Elementary schools: 3
Intermediate school: 1
Middle school: 1
High school: 1
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Azle (Azle ISD)
Cross Timbers Elementary School, 2016
Fort Worth (private)
Fort Worth Country Day Upper School, 1997-98
● AZLE MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Open Monday–Saturday; open till 8pm Tuesday and Thursday
333 W. Main St., Azle, 817/444-7216; azlelibrary.org
● MARY LOU REDDICK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Tuesday–Saturday; open till 7pm Wednesday and Thursday
7005 Charbonneau Road, Lake Worth, 817/237-9681; lakeworthtx.org
Health & Fitness 101
● NORTHWEST YMCA
5315 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, 817/237-7237; ymcafw.org
● EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE
This fishing destination is also home to Eagle Mountain Lake Park, with hiking trails that include restrooms and picnic tables along the routes, and Twin Points Park, with a sand beach and swimming area open during the summer.
10201 N. Shore Drive, Fort Worth, 817/237-8585; trwd.com/recreation/locations/eagle-mountain/eagle-mountain-lake
● FORT WORTH NATURE CENTER & REFUGE
Register online for educational programming scheduled year-round inside the Hardwicke Interpretive Center and throughout the refuge, such as the bison hayrides.
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, 817/392-7410; fwnaturecenter.org
● RAYL FAMILY PARK
Lake Worth Park has plenty of amenities for families—including a skate park—but this smaller park (complete with a windmill) is a quieter escape with trees for shade, ducks to visit and a playground to climb on.
3402 Pueblo Trail, Lake Worth; lakeworthtx.org
● BULL FROG GRILL
You can tell this hole-in-the-wall joint in Lake Worth used to be a Dairy Queen; now it serves up authentic Texas barbecue and can’t-miss peach cobbler, plus kids’ plates for the littles.
6700 Azle Ave., Fort Worth, 817/237-9111
● CAFE 10:31
This prime lunch spot makes fresh bread daily in addition to specials like meatloaf sandwiches on Fridays and quesadillas on Mondays. Kiddos get a package of animal crackers with their meals.
404 W. Main St., Suite 104, Azle, 817/752-2233; cafe1031.com
● AZLE ARTS ASSOCIATION
The Popcorn Players—celebrating their 20th year as a troupe—put on multiple theater shows a year and host a summer program for kids.
1012 SE Parkway, Azle, 817/238-7529; azlearts.org
● AZLE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Learn about the history of Azle through photos, documents and artifacts. Open Saturdays from March through the first week of December.
124 W. Main St., Azle, 817/270-3037; cityofazle.org
● BURGER’S LAKE
Wade into this spring-fed lake from sandy beaches, or jump in from the signature trapeze swing, six diving boards and even more slides.
1200 Meandering Road, Fort Worth, 817/737-3414; burgerslake.com
● MUSIC IN THE PARK
Every Friday at 8pm in June and July, come out to Azle’s Central Park amphitheater for a free community concert and a couple of food trucks.
263 W. Main St., Azle; cityofazle.org
● MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS OF ASH CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH (MOPS)
Meets the first and third Friday of the month during the academic school year. Bimonthly meetings include activities such as games and crafts along with speakers. Dues are $131.95 per year.
300 S. Stewart St., Azle, 817/444-3219; facebook.com/azlemops