Beautiful, two-acre urban park designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker surrounded by high-rise office buildings and residences in the heart of downtown
We encourage you visit this beautifully renovated Downtown oasis. Downtown Fort Worth’s new backyard, Burnett Park, is centrally located between West 7th, 10th, Cherry and Lamar Streets. This fabulous Downtown green space is available by reservation for private functions, fitness activities, birthday parties, family reunions, corporate events and festivals! The park can accommodate events of up to 2,000 people.
In 2009-2010, the park underwent a renovation designed by renowned landscape architect, Peter Walker. Walker was the architect of record for the last Burnett Park award-winning renovation in 1984. The most recent renovation was made possible with funding from the Burnett Foundation. Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI), which has managed the park since 1985, coordinated the redesign process in cooperation with the City of Fort Worth. Additional funding was provided by Behringer Harvard and the US General Services Administration.
Land for the park was originally deeded to the city in 1919 by Samuel Burk Burnett, founder of the 6666 Ranch and a prominent Fort Worth leader. He gave the park to the City in honor of his children. An inscription on a monument wall entering the park reads as follows:
I, S. B. Burnett, do hereby give unto the City of Fort Worth, this land for the purpose of creating a place of recreation in the very heard of the city. As a public park and particularly for relief against the heat of our summers, and as a resting spot for tired mothers and their children….
The park has been renovated and updated several times over the decades and currently includes a monumental sculpture, play areas, granite walkways crossing through a lush green lawn and shady areas to enjoy the outdoors in the 3 acre space. The park features a "great lawn" for concerts and other events, unique playground equipment for children, enhanced lighting, updated landscaping, and moveable bistro-style tables and chairs.
Burnett Park is also proud to be home of Fort Worth Critical Mass - a monthly community bike ride which departs from Burnett Park on the last Friday of each month. Find more information about joining the ride at the Fort Worth Critical Mass Facebook page.
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- Ani Jarrett, DFWI Marketing and Projects Manager