Welcome to the Neighborhood
Between the shops, free activities (like kids’ yoga) and food trucks at Clearfork plus the new development at Waterside with a green space where families can gather, Southwest Fort Worth is quickly becoming the go-to place for active families. If you love the locavore lifestyle, this corner of Cowtown will especially appeal to your tastes (ha!) thanks to several standout farmers markets, community gardens and urban farms. Outdoorsy types will feel at home beside the Trinity River, where the Trinity Trails and sprawling green spaces offer recreation opportunities for the family all year round. And though new housing developments have accompanied the retail boom near the river, the traditional neighborhoods near Texas Christian University and Colonial Country Club (including the family favorite Tanglewood) have old-fashioned charm and school spirit in spades—for those prepared to pay a little more.
● FORT WORTH ISD
Elementary schools: 82
Middle schools: 18
High schools: 16
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
Fort Worth ISD
Tanglewood Elementary School, 1991-92
FORT WORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
● RIDGLEA BRANCH LIBRARY
Open Monday noon–8pm and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am–6pm
3628 Bernie Anderson Ave., Fort Worth,
● SEMINARY SOUTH BRANCH LIBRARY
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am–6pm and Wednesday noon–8pm
501 E. Bolt St., Fort Worth, 817/392-5490
● SOUTHWEST REGIONAL BRANCH
Open Monday and Thursday noon–8pm and Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday 10am–6pm
4001 Library Lane, Fort Worth, 817/392-5860
● WEDGWOOD BRANCH
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am–6pm and Tuesday noon–8pm
3816 Kimberly Lane, Fort Worth, 817/392-5480
Health & Fitness 101
FORT WORTH COMMUNITY CENTERS
● CHISHOLM TRAIL COMMUNITY CENTER
4936 McPherson Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/392-8070
● COMO COMMUNITY CENTER
4900 Horne St., Fort Worth, 817/392-5300
● GREENBRIAR COMMUNITY CENTER
5200 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 817/392-6270
● RD EVANS COMMUNITY CENTER
3242 Lackland Road, Fort Worth, 817/392-7400
● SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CENTER
6300 Welch Ave., Fort Worth, 817/392-7613
● VICTORY FOREST COMMUNITY CENTER
3427 Hemphill St., Fort Worth, 817/392-8200
Cowtown’s newest community center opened in March 2018 and includes a computer lab, children’s play area and state-of-the-art teaching kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes.
YMCA OF METROPOLITAN FORT WORTH
● ER VAN ZANDT SOUTHWEST YMCA
4750 Barwick Drive, Fort Worth, 817/292-9612
● RYAN FAMILY YMCA
8250 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, 817/346-8855
● THE CLEARFORK FARMERS MARKET
Open year-round on Saturdays from 8am–noon. Check the website for free events like kids’ yoga, and stick around for shopping at The Shops at Clearfork or set off to bike the Trinity Trails.
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Fort Worth, 817/999-9791; farmersmarket1848.com
● COWTOWN FARMERS MARKET
Open year-round on Saturdays from
8am–noon. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/763-0193; cowtownmarket.com
● ELIZABETH ANNA URBAN FARM& MARKET
Store open Thursday–Saturday 9am–5pm
2825 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, 817/922-0930; elizabethanna.net
● TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK LEARNING GARDEN
3251 Sappington Place, Fort Worth,
● HURLEY HOUSE
Enjoy their takeaway, family-size meals and baked goods, like cookies, cupcakes and Chex® mixes. Workshops on hospitality and whiskey are also available, starting at $20. Open Monday–Friday 9am–6pm and Saturday 9am–2pm.
5512 Bellaire Drive S., Fort Worth, 817/349-8934; hurley-house.com
● FOREST PARK POOL
Fort Worth’s oldest public pool is an oldie (first opened in 1922) but a goodie. Do cannonballs from the diving board, race two friends on the three slides and swim the Olympic-size pool from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
2850 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth, 817/392-5589; fortworthtexas.gov/aquatics
● THE HAPPY LARK
This boutique for newborns to kids 6 years old also has an indoor play area (that has coffee ready for you mamas, too). Drop-in rates start at $10, or give in and get a monthly membership for unlimited play.
5816 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, 682/841-1027; thehappylark.com
● LA GRAN PLAZA
Get some shopping done and enjoy some family-fun entertainment. The mall hosts kiddie and cultural events, like live musical performances, singing competitions and clowns.
4200 S. Freeway, Fort Worth, 817/922-8888; lagranplazamall.com
Head for The Grove, a green space with chalkboards, bocce ball, public restrooms and plenty of Instagram opportunities (ignore the “No Social Media” sign—it’s just ironic public art); take a bike ride on the Trinity Trails; or grab a bite from the likes of Zoës Kitchen and Steel City Pops. Plus, Whole Foods!
Bryant Irvin Road and Arborlawn Drive, Fort Worth; watersidefw.com
● FORT WORTH MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES (MOM)
Meetings take place every Third Thursday of the month (except December) at the Western Hills Church of Christ. Email email@example.com for membership inquiries.
8800 Chapin Road, Fort Worth; fwmom.org
● LA LECHE LEAGUE OF FORT WORTH
Meets the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30am at University Christian Church. Pregnant and nursing moms are welcome, as are mothers with older children.
2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth;