M&C Review

COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 3/21/2017 

SUBJECT:   Authorize Execution of an Interlocal Agreement with Tarrant County for the Donation to the City of Approximately 41.326 Acres of Land Identified as Echo Lake Park (COUNCIL DISTRICT 9)


It is recommended that the City Council:

1. Authorize the execution of an Interlocal Agreement between the City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County for the acceptance of a donation by Tarrant County to the City of Fort Worth of approximately 41.326 acres of land identified as Echo Lake Park;

2. Authorize the execution and recording of the appropriate instruments; and

3. Dedicate the property as public parkland upon conveyance to be added to the park inventory as Echo Lake Park.


The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize an Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with Tarrant County (County) for the donation by the County to the City of 41.326 acres of land identified as Echo Lake Park and to dedicate the property as public parkland upon conveyance.

The legal description is as follows:

A 41.299 and .097 acre tracts of land situated in the G. W. Hartzog Survey, Abstract No. 697, as described by deed to Tarrant County, recorded in Volume 5890, Page 376, Deed Records; Tarrant Count, Texas (D.R.T.C.T.) and a portion of the tracts of land described in the deed to Tarrant County, recorded in Volume 5763, Page 709, D.R.T.C.T.

The County was deeded the property by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company and has owned and maintained the property as a public park known as Echo Lake Park since 1975.  The 41.326 acre park currently consists of approximately a 17 acre lake and park amenities consisting of five ballfields, two large group shelters, basketball court, two restroom structures, two playgrounds, a boat ramp/launch and paved roads and five parking lots.  In September 1989, the County deeded 2.3 acres to the City, for what is now the Worth Heights Community Center site.  The County has allowed the Southside Little League organization to utilize a portion of the property since 1976 and hosts several family reservations annually.  In 2016, the County approached the Park and Recreation Department (PARD) regarding conveying Echo Lake Park to the City as dedicated parkland since park management is not a core function of the County.  

In August 2016, the Park and Recreation Department (PARD) performed an assessment of all site improvements (attached).  The assessment indicated that many of the site improvements were beyond repair and did not meet City codes and/or did not meet state accessibility standards (TAS/ADA). The estimated cost to replace all site furnishings, except the two playgrounds installed by the City in 2006 (M&C C-20808) as part of an ILA with County (City Secretary No. 32048), is $2.5 million. However, all improvements will be evaluated and ranked against all maintenance and capital improvement needs of the whole park system.

The Environmental Division of Code Compliance has determined based on the Environmental Phase I and a limited Phase II sampling that the surface of  the lake is within acceptable limits and that the Department will perform additional sampling and minor mitigation of the lead surface contaminants found within the area of the circa 1942-1950 sportsman's gun club which previously operated on the property.

Key points/stipulations to be outlined in the proposed ILA are as follows:

  • The City will assume ownership of the property by May 1, 2017;
  • The City will assume ownership of the property in "As Is" condition;  
  • County will provide all instruments of conveyance (survey, plat, metes and bounds, title/deed, etc.);
  • County to complete all dam and drainage improvements, to the satisfaction of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Union Pacific railroad and TPW - Storm Water;  
  • County to convey all mineral rights to the City; all associated revenue received after the dates of the Texas Parks and Wildlife grants (grant 48-00295, December 1976; grant 48-00557, December 1980; and grant 48-00704, August 1979) still held by the County must be transferred to the City for future improvements at the park.
  • County to operate and maintain property through September 30, 2017;
  • Upon conveyance, and to immediately address the main public safety concern on the site, the Park and Recreation Department will schedule the removal of any site furnishings that do not meet City code or present an immediate safety concern within 90 days.

Upon City Council approval and subsequent ILA execution, it is anticipated that the ILA will be presented to the Commissioner's Court on March 28, 2017 for their consideration.

The Park and Recreation Department will be responsible for the maintenance of all existing improvements at an estimated annual cost of $41,562.00.

A year one demolition and repair cost for those improvements identified in the park assessment as incompatible with acceptable risk management practices or in non-compliance with current City code, is $20,000 for Fiscal Year 2018.

The parkland is located to the east of South Freeway, between E. Berry St. and E. Ripy St., in COUNCIL DISTRICT 9, Mapsco 91B.

This contract will be with a governmental entity, state agency or public institution of higher education:  Tarrant County.

The Director of Finance certifies that, upon approval, the donated Park will be recorded in the City's financial statements as appropriate.

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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Susan Alanis (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Richard Zavala (5704)
Additional Information Contact:
Scott Penn (5750)

  ECHO LAKE PARK_assessment.pdf