07 May . 2021
A look at 2 new Frisco parks coming next to Hollyhock
Hollyhock’s hometown of Frisco is a city of parks – 49 to be exact, with more on the way.
That number will increase soon with two new Frisco parks coming next to Hollyhock – Frisco On The Green Park and Northwest Community Park.
From iconic observation towers to slopestyle mountain bike tracks, Frisco’s park planners are thinking outside of the box to envision some exciting new amenities for these two parks. Frisco is currently soliciting public input and will be finalizing the designs through the remainder of 2021.
There are already two things we know for sure.
One, Frisco is prioritizing preserving the natural existing Blackland Prairie environments and creating major outdoor educational and recreational opportunities at both parks. Safe trail connections to surrounding schools and neighborhoods will also be a priority.
Two, Hollyhock is located so close to both parks, residents will be able to walk or bike over. Hollyhock’s trail system connects directly to Frisco On The Green, and the trail continues down Teel Parkway to Northwest Community Park.
Here’s what we know so far about Frisco On The Green and Northwest Community Park.
Frisco On The Green
Located on Teel Parkway, this 27-acre park touches Hollyhock’s southern boundary along Poppy Vine Road. Bisected by Panther Creek, the wooded site includes a two-acre pond and a diverse wetlands area, with hilly topography that slopes down to the water.
The design vision calls for an event lawn, pavilion and playground in the flat, open area near Hollyhock.
For the area near the pond, the proposal includes a boardwalk trail system and an iconic observation platform that would be suspended above the wooded and wetland areas. Due to its height, the platform would be a highly visible landmark from Teel Parkway and would provide an outdoor classroom and bird observation blind.
The park could also include a loop trail system meandering through native Blackland Prairie habitat and wooded upland areas.
More than 90 percent of the park site would be preserved for trails and natural open space.
Northwest Community Park
Mostly undeveloped until now, Northwest Community Park has long been a favorite with local bikers for its rugged network of mountain bike trails, built and maintained by the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association.
The park site is located along Teel Parkway, adjacent to Lone Star High School and just north of Panther Creek Parkway.
The proposed design vision would transform this park into a regional destination for recreation and entertainment, complete with an iconic tower that could rise up to 40 feet. This tower would offer scenic views of PGA Frisco and other landmarks, but its most exhilarating purpose would be to feed bikes into the park’s new gravity and flow trails.
The bike tower would be part of an overall trail system that would include a skills loop and pump track for users of all skill levels.
One vision for the park includes nearly 11 miles of trails overall, including 7 miles of dedicated single-track bike trails. Other trails would be for pedestrian use and shared bike/pedestrian activity.
Other proposed components include several playgrounds, an entry plaza with a pavilion and food truck court, and courts for pickleball and other games. The designers also envision a great lawn with a stage, a splash playground and a dog park.
Preserving nature will be a priority for this new park, which contains a five-acre pond and native Blackland Prairie habitat that planners estimate could be up to 500,000 years old.
Some of the natural components proposed include native gardens, a nature pavilion, rain gardens and picnic bosques.
As with Frisco On The Green, planners have created two design visions for Northwest Community Park.
One vision, called Destinations, calls for built amenities such as playgrounds, game courts and picnic areas to be scattered throughout the site and connected by trails.
The Hub vision calls for built amenities to be clustered in a centralized area.
Both visions are very similar in the variety of amenities they provide, but the Hub concept dedicates slightly more space to trails and open natural areas.
At Northwest Community Park, for example, the Hub approach would dedicate 85 percent of the site to natural areas, compared to 90 percent for the Destinations concept.
Park planners estimate that the design and planning process will be finalized in the first half 2022, with construction taking the next 18 to 24 months to complete.
Learn more about plans for these two exciting new Frisco parks.
Photo/image credit to Play Frisco – Parks & Recreation.
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