By Leslie Graham

“A great place to live!” is a statement heard throughout the Park Glen neighborhood in north Fort Worth. After 13 years of living in the Park Glen neighborhood, I would have to agree.

My husband bought our house four years before we were married. He just wanted a place close to his work. Little did he know that he found a wonderful, family-oriented neighborhood. His bachelor pad has grown into a family-of-five home. We currently have three children in school, which makes us more aware of the bonus to have our children’s schools within our neighborhood.

The Park Glen neighborhood shares two school districts, Keller ISD and Birdville ISD, which are outstanding school districts in Texas. The roads to our schools have been updated with walking and biking paths to promote physical activity for our children. This has been a benefit of living here that we have recently taken advantage of by riding bikes with our children to and from school. It has been an unexpected bonding experience for us as a family.

Our neighborhood is within Fort Worth’s Public Improvement District No. 6. The benefit of living in an improvement district is that they offer the promise of maintaining property values in the neighborhood. The district is continually maintaining and improving the properties and surroundings. The Park Glen neighborhood includes seven parks, playgrounds, trails, disc golf, soccer fields, baseball courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts and lots of green space within walking distance from our home.

Within the parks, you can find many different types of vegetation and wildlife like rabbits, squirrels, birds, snakes, foxes, frogs, insects, bobcats, coyotes, etc. Our parks are certainly the jewel of our neighborhood with several opportunities for physical activity and nature appreciation. We enjoy hopping on our bikes and in minutes being in nature. This was a blessing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our children have even had their youth sports practices in the park, which really saves precious time during the weekday.

This area was developed in 1988 by Ross Perot Jr. and is still growing. There are 3,317 homes in 13 different villages in the Park Glen neighborhood. We are far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown but close enough to be there in minutes!

In the last few years, we have had a huge commercial growth in our area of Fort Worth. This growth has assured that everything you need is right around the bend. There are a variety of grocery stores, retail stores, pet stores, pharmacies, churches, home improvement stores, convenience stores, medical offices and hospitals, gyms, laundromats, coffee shops and a good variety of different restaurants. We have many local and family-run restaurants that are incredibly supportive of our neighborhood and schools, with fundraisers and donations.

Dr. Leslie Graham is a business owner and professor who has lived in the Park Glen neighborhood for 13 years.

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