After 65 years from its initial development, Bunche Park has come back to life once again.
Bunche Park, located at 5600 Ramey Ave., has completed the first phase of a redevelopment project. On Thursday, June 6, Fort Worth city officials held a dedication ceremony to commemorate the park and its history.
Fort Worth Independent School District leased the park’s land in the 70s. About 10 acres of land, between Jacquet Middle school and Dunbar High School, was left uncultivated. The park had remained vacant for decades.
The city managed to get the land back after Councilwoman Gyna Bivens was elected as the District 5 representative who pushed for the park’s redevelopment.
“The improvements to Bunche Park will have a positive impact on the quality of life in this community,” Bivens said in a statement. “Folks can walk, connect with friends and learn about this historic place.”
New trails, benches and picnic tables have been added to the park.
Additionally, Texas Health Resources and the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth donated a combined $86,768 to purchase and install playground and fitness equipment at the park.
To initial the redevelopment, Bivens succeeded in receiving about $500,000 in funding through the Community Development Block Grant, a program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A 2004 bond program also contributed $40,516 to the project.
A monument to the UN diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph J. Bunche and a monument on the history of Stop Six neighborhood will also be added later.