Arlington Parks and Recreation

Arlington Parks and Recreation • 13.5 acres • Undeveloped Features/Amenities 13 acres Undeveloped Acquired to preserve an undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie, this park is the last remnant in the metroplex of this type of tall-grass prairie land that dominated the region.

Operating as usual

BPNP....continuing to support native pollinators!
12/18/2019
City of Arlington, TX - City Hall

BPNP....continuing to support native pollinators!

Arlington is now the 100th city to be certified as a Bee City USA affiliate. Under the initiative, city leaders will take steps to improve the landscape for bees and other pollinators. 🐝

It's almost here:  Oct. 4-21!
10/02/2019
2019 Texas Pollinator BioBlitz

It's almost here: Oct. 4-21!

Pollinators and the plants that rely on them are a critical foundation for our native ecosystems and food supply. From October 4-20, 2019 we’re celebrating the bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, birds, bats, and other animals that serve as pollinators. Your observations can help us learn more abou...

Preserving rare N. Texas blackland prairie....a true gem, any day!     🌾🦋🌻🐢🐝🐾🌾
08/02/2019

Preserving rare N. Texas blackland prairie....a true gem, any day! 🌾🦋🌻🐢🐝🐾🌾

Today's #Parkoftheweek is Blackland Prairie Park, this park doesn’t have playgrounds or baseball fields or a pool or even a pavilion, and that’s perfect for those who visit it. It was acquired by the city to preserve an undisturbed part of the Blackland Prairie, a tall-grass prairie land that once dominated the region.

City Nature Challenge is this weekend:  Friday, April 26 - Monday, April 29.  Visit Arlington's Blackland Prairie Nature...
04/24/2019
DFW gearing up for iNat bioblitz

City Nature Challenge is this weekend: Friday, April 26 - Monday, April 29. Visit Arlington's Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve and record your observations!

Nature lovers needed to upload observations April 26-29.

11/08/2017
Texas Wildlife Diversity Program - Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept

Standing strong, APRD's Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve.....

The Texas blackland prairie, one of the rarest ecosystems in the state, was once home to animals such as bison, pronghorn antelope, grey wolves, and even jaguars. These tallgrass prairies created rich, fertile soil, which was well-suited for agriculture. Unfortunately, this, along with fire suppression, overgrazing, and urbanization, led to the complete destrution of the prairie. Today, less than 1% of native blackland prairie remains.

But we can make a difference by preserving the prairie we have left, while also restoring areas that once supported these tallgrass prairie communities. Help spread the word!

Thanks to Kelli Ebel, her son Christian Ebel, and the Thee Treehouse - Texas History homeschooling group in Sulfur Bluff, Texas for bringing attention to this important conservation issue!

Interesting post that explains the behavior of the "greeter" bees often found near the entry gate at BPNP:  just harmles...
04/06/2017
The Xerces Society

Interesting post that explains the behavior of the "greeter" bees often found near the entry gate at BPNP: just harmless male bees keeping watch.

Carpenter bees are one of the first species you'll see this time of year. There are both large carpenter bees (larger than bumble bees) and small carpenter bees (the size of ants) - and both are important pollinators. Once you read about these enigmatic creatures and their unique habits, we hope you'll move from loathing to loving them.

http://www.journal-news.net/life/home-and-garden/2017/03/carpenter-bee-time-once-again/

Fort Worth Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas
03/06/2017
Fort Worth Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

Fort Worth Chapter of Native Prairies Association of Texas

Saturday, April 1st
9:00am – 12:00pm
Fieldtrip to the Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve
4907 New York Ave
Arlington, TX 76018

Led by Jeff Quayle

Meet at 9:00am at the prairie. We will explore this 10 acre Blackland Prairie remnant, acquired and preserved by the City of Arlington. Here are some of the expected flora at the site: Prairie Bishop (Bifora americana), Two Flower Milkvine (Matelea biflora), Indian Plantain (Arnoglossum plantagineum), Old Plainsman (Hymenopappus scabiosaeus var. corymbosus), Yellow Star (Lindheimera texana), Prairie Groundsel (Packera plattensis), Sleepy Catchfly (Silene antirrhina), Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), Sensitive Briar (Mimosa roemeriana), Prairie Celestial (Nemastylis geminiflora), Trailing Ratany (Krameria lanceolata), White Prairie Larkspur (Delphinium carolinianum ssp. virescens), Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) and Prairie Bluets (Stenaria nigricans).

Hikes organized and led by Jeff Quayle. Please send an email to [email protected] or call (817) 729-0283 if you plan on attending any hikes or fieldtrips, so I will know who to expect. If there are any changes or a fieldtrip is cancelled, you will be notified.

Use of the iNaturalist app during fieldtrips is also encouraged, so you can contribute valuable data for our state and have your own personal list so you can learn more about what you observe as you go along.

You can view all the iNaturalist observations here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/blackland-prairie-nature-preserve

11/13/2016
Michael Forsberg

Listening carefully, these cranes might be heard here, passing over on their migration south.....

Crane music: Moonrise last night along the Platte River, as migrating cranes sing an ancient prairie lullaby. Listen..

#savingcranes #protectprairie #nebraska #greatplains #migration #solace #gratitude @natgeocreative @ilcp_photographers

Sneed Prairie is ~100 acres of blackland prairie located 13 miles west of Sherman.  Just an example of how Austin Colleg...
10/05/2016
Austin College’s Sneed Prairie celebrates educational milestone

Sneed Prairie is ~100 acres of blackland prairie located 13 miles west of Sherman. Just an example of how Austin College and the community combine the prairie's restoration with its use as an outdoor classroom.

A celebration was held Oct. 4 for the 10,000 child visitor to the Edith Sneed Environmental Research Area.

A City of Dallas program is just getting underway to manage blackland prairie remnants around White Rock Lake:
03/30/2016

A City of Dallas program is just getting underway to manage blackland prairie remnants around White Rock Lake:

A PDF, set up like a PowerPoint slide show, on prairie management at White Rock Lake. Prepared by Brett Johnson, the new urban biologist for the City of Dallas. Alas, Facebook does not permit PDFs, so here it is as a series of jpgs.

01/30/2016

Note the new meeting location for NPAT-FW:

Native Prairies Assoc. of Tx - Fort Worth Chapter
Second Monday Meet-Up
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30pm
Fort Worth Botanic Garden New Location
3220 Botanic Garden Drive, Fort Worth

Sustainable Grazing on Prairies
Speaker: Michael Brooks, District Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Topic: Sustainable cattle operations in North Central Texas. Grazing management on native prairies, including how much grass can be produced & proper stocking rates per acre. Drought factors will be discussed, as well as range resource inventories, good & bad management practices, control of invasive species & wildlife considerations.
Contact: [email protected]
http://www.fortworthnpat.wordpress.com/

01/18/2016
Alice Ashley Savanna Prescribed Burn

Prescribed burn management of E. Crosstimbers ecosystem at Fort Worth Nature Center & great video by Botanical Research Institute of Texas:

This video documents the Alice Ashley Savanna Prescribed Burn that took place at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge on Friday, January 15, 2015.

Great review of North Texas' Backland Prairies by Greensource DFW, including a mention of APRD's Backland Prairie NP!  h...
12/24/2015
North Texas Wild: Local conservationists are bringing back the Blackland Prairie

Great review of North Texas' Backland Prairies by Greensource DFW, including a mention of APRD's Backland Prairie NP!

http://www.greensourcedfw.org/articles/north-texas-wild-local-conservationists-are-bringing-back-blackland-prairie#.VlS8q_1mino.facebook

The Tallgrass Prairie, the most endangered ecosystem in North America, is coming back to life in North Texas with help from Blackland Prairie activists.

11/25/2015
Monarch Watch

Thankful that Arlington managed to preserve 12 acres of rare backland prairie. This TED talk features Missouri prairies, but the message is the same. Prairie preservation matters.

Carol Davit of the Missouri Prairie Foundation a good friend of Monarch Watch. She recently gave a moving TEDx presentation about prairie preservation. Why Prairie Matters—New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape. Thank you, Carol, for promoting this important issue.

It's probably been awhile since bears or bobcats frequented Arlington's Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve, but other tre...
10/21/2015

It's probably been awhile since bears or bobcats frequented Arlington's Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve, but other treasures, like big bluestem, are still there.

Tallgrass treasure box (5 of 5): Bobcat in the afternoon along a prairie trail. Prairie is the most endangered ecosystem in North America. Ninety eight percent is gone, its deep and fertile soils turned up by the plow. So the prairie remnants that remain are treasure boxes, containing rare jewels from bobcats to big bluestem. They speak both to our prairie past, and a hope to the commitment we need to continue to make for their future.

#protectprairie #conservation #nebraska #greatplains #wildlife #bobcat #tallgrass #audubon #natgeo @natgeocreative

A great opportunity to tour this small blackland prairie restoration.  Please RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/5604320507...
10/09/2015

A great opportunity to tour this small blackland prairie restoration. Please RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/560432050720716/photos/a.569438469820074.1073741827.560432050720716/835625116534740/?type=3&fref=nf

Frankford Preservation Foundation invites you to a guided tour of our four-acre native prairie at the Frankford site near the historic Frankford Church and Frankford Cemetery,
Please come and enjoy the beauty of a North Texas prairie in fall.
Saturday, 10/24/2015 from 10 am to 12 pm

and

Sunday, 10/25/2015 from 4 to 6 pm

Landscape architect Rosa Finsley and master naturalists Rich Jaynes and Matt White will lead the tours, identifying the fall grasses and wildflowers in bloom. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rare four-acre remnant of the Blackland Prairie.

Please click on the link below to reserve your spot.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b45a8ab2da1fa7-fall2/

Flower Mound is another NTx prairie site....about equidistant north from Birds Fort as BPNP is south. Imagine bison on t...
09/16/2015
Cowboys and Indians in Flower Mound | The Flower Mound Foundation

Flower Mound is another NTx prairie site....about equidistant north from Birds Fort as BPNP is south. Imagine bison on these prairies & other animals & tribes who made a living here & knew this area as home....long ago.

Sep 162015 0Comments Zoom Cowboys and Indians in Flower Mound by: Mark Glover in: Uncategorized tags:Cowboys & Indians, flower mound 0 Comments Bob Rheudasil & Dale Robertson We played Cowboys & Indians as kids. Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and The Rifleman were our favorite TV shows. When we went to the movi…

Maybe 'weeding' 5 acres...or 12..or ??...is too much to contemplate, too hard to see a goal, or even progress toward a g...
08/15/2015
Steve Hartman: "I have a weed addiction"

Maybe 'weeding' 5 acres...or 12..or ??...is too much to contemplate, too hard to see a goal, or even progress toward a goal. But for some who try it, it clicks....and the process of restoration can be so rewarding.....

CBS News correspondent confesses to a habit that has him spending hours with the grass

& 12 acres of that tiny remaining percentage of authentic backland prairie ecosystem are in Arlington, Texas!
07/29/2015
400 acres of Blackland Prairie restored

& 12 acres of that tiny remaining percentage of authentic backland prairie ecosystem are in Arlington, Texas!

At the Mueller Development in Austin, blackland prairie plants grow again on land that had been airport runways for half a century. In Dallas, stretches of lawn...

Please sign this online petition.  City of Arlington does a good job at promoting the use of native plants in prairie si...
06/14/2015
Encourage more Prairie Restorations; Thank Arlington, TX Leaders for Past Projects

Please sign this online petition. City of Arlington does a good job at promoting the use of native plants in prairie simulations in facility landscapes and in novel projects like this right-of way prairie simulation. A win for pollinators, the species that depend on them....and for Arlington citizens: really nice to look at, plus lower maintenance cost (less water, mowing, carbon emissions, etc.). Bravo!

Dear Ms. Dowell, I want to thank you and the City of Arlington for your innovation and successful installation of the beautiful prairie restoration site in the 800 block of North Cooper Street, on the west side right of way,...

04/29/2015
public.ntmn.org

A new downloadable booklet about blackland prairies and the species that call them home. Thanks to North Tx Master Naturalists!

04/12/2015

Friends of the Prairie Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, April 18, CANCELLED

Volunteer event postponed due to saturated conditions; we'll try to reschedule.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Great piece from Examiner.com about our very own Blackland Prairie!
06/10/2014
Blackland Prairie Park preserves a piece of the past

Great piece from Examiner.com about our very own Blackland Prairie!

The Blackland Prairie Park in South Arlington isn’t a park in the conventional sense of the word, as it has no amenities and no access for visitors.As it stands

Unplugging from our work, our devices and our hectic schedules is crucial for our health and wellness. Tell us how you c...
05/06/2014

Unplugging from our work, our devices and our hectic schedules is crucial for our health and wellness.
Tell us how you connect and show your support by spreading the message: http://naturallyfun.org/connect

Thanks to Examiner.com for their piece on the Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve!
11/25/2013
Blackland Prairie Park preserves a piece of the past

Thanks to Examiner.com for their piece on the Blackland Prairie Nature Preserve!

The Blackland Prairie Park in South Arlington isn’t a park in the conventional sense of the word, as it has no amenities and no access for visitors.As it stands

Photo Courtesy | Wesley Miller
11/07/2013

Photo Courtesy | Wesley Miller

A grouping of beautiful nature shots sent over by Wesley Miller.

Arlington Parks and Recreation's cover photo
05/05/2013

Arlington Parks and Recreation's cover photo

Address

Blackland Prairie - 4907 New York Ave
Arlington, TX
76018

Opening Hours

Monday 05:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 05:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 05:00 - 22:00
Thursday 05:00 - 22:00
Friday 05:00 - 22:00
Saturday 05:00 - 22:00
Sunday 05:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(817) 459-5474

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