The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize the naming of the new universal playground, to be constructed in Trinity Park, as Frank Kent's Dream Park in honor of Frank Kent's life-long philanthropic contributions to the City of Fort Worth.
Dream Park Fort Worth (DPFW), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization has contracted with the City (CSC No. 48165) to design and construct a new universal playground in Trinity Park. DPFW has committed to raise $2,987,000.00 to fully fund the design and installation of the 21,000 square foot fully accessible playground. Upon completion the organization will donate the improvements to the City and establish a $250,000.00 safety surface replacement endowment fund.
In order to raise the funds for the project DPFW has applied for and received grants and donations from philanthropic institutions, private foundations, community service-based non-profits, businesses and individuals. As part of its fundraising strategy, DPFW solicited sponsorships for specific elements within the playground. Major sponsors and contributors will be recognized on a project donor wall.
DPFW has proposed recognizing the lead contributor to the project by naming the Dream Park Playground in the honor of his memory. More specifically the lead contributor being recognized is Frank Kent (1895-1987). Mr. Kent is being recognized for his life-long philanthropic efforts toward the betterment of life for the citizens of Fort Worth, the County and the state of Texas. This recognition is not made for the Frank Kent automobile dealerships; rather, for the individual who made significant philanthropic contributions to benefit Fort Worth and more specifically youth and children throughout his life.
As a condition of this naming, staff will work with DPFW to ensure the placement of a plaque in the vicinity of the playground recognizing Mr. Kent's community contributions and legacy of philanthropy benefitting the youth and children of the community. On August 22, 2018 the Park & Recreation Advisory Board endorsed staff's recommendation to naming of the new universal playground in Trinity Park as Frank Kent's Dream Park.
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.