Fire Station Park

Fort Worth, Texas


  • Recreational


  • structural engineering
  • electrical engineering


  • 1.35 Acres

BHB provided electrical and structural engineering services for the expansion of Fire Station Park in the Near Southside of Fort Worth. With the nearest skate park about 13 miles away via toll road, the location (1616 Hemphill Street, adjacent to the Fire Station Community Center) was selected to provide easy access to safe places to skate and socialize in a more convenient and centralized location.

New features of the park include 1) Dickies Skate Plaza, a 15,000-square-foot skate park featuring a diverse range of elements for skateboarders of all skill levels, 2) a 5,000-square-foot, closed-loop, concrete bicycle track consisting of rolling berms and other elements connected by banked-turns, 3) a community green for open play and public events, 4) a market plaza for local vendors and gatherings, and 5) an enclosed dog park for unleashed dogs to play.

BHB reviewed the skate park component, designed the steel structures, and assisted with geotechnical recommendations and how to implement them on the project.

The electrical distribution and design for Fire Station Park was designed in two phases. The initial phase provided for site lighting and a conduit backbone that would be utilized for future circuits to minimize landscape disruption in the event of future growth. The site lighting took on two distinct roles: functional and aesthetic. The skate park required higher lighting levels for use at night, while additional site lighting was chosen aesthetically to provide a more industrial feel. Power was planned and routed for the new custom LED entrance sign which illuminates the night with a dark orange hue.

A grassroots fund raising campaign for the $2.6 million expansion allowed Near Southside residents to provide input on design. Funding was largely comprised of corporate donations, individual donations, City of Fort Worth donation matching, City of Fort Worth park dedication fees collected from developers, and The Near Southside Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District.

Key People

  • Ken Randall, PE, LEED AP

  • Ronald Ishmael, PE, LEED AP

  • Thomas Wilson, PE