Incorporated in 1909, Mansfield began when R.S. Man and Julian Feild build a grist mill on 540 acres of Texas soil. At the time, their mill was the first one in the state to use steam power. During the Civil War, the mill supplied the Confederate Army with flour and meal and because of that, the community was one of only a few in the area to prosper through the war. In the last century, the city has continuously grown from a small rural community to one of the fastest growing suburban cities in North Texas. In 2014, CNN/Money Magazine named it in the top 20 on their “Best Places to Live” list for the fourth time in almost as many years. Today, there are more than 60,000 people residing in Mansfield, yet the city somehow continues to maintain its small-town feel.
The city of Mansfield offers its residents a lifestyle unlike any other place in the Dallas and Fort Worth area, with more than 500 acres devoted to a park system that rivals the best in the nation. This system includes 14 playgrounds and almost four miles of paved trails for taking a bike ride or a quiet evening stroll. There’s a nature park that stretches 80 acres, four athletic fields, and two esteemed golf courses – Walnut Creek Country Club and Mansfield National Golf Club, voted Evergreen Alliance Golf Course of the Year in 2002.
In Mansfield, family is everything and the most important aspect is the children. The city offers several facilities for Youth Baseball, Softball, and Soccer. Mansfield Sports Complex, located on N. Holland Road, includes nine lighted baseball fields and eight soccer fields. Just a few blocks away is the Philip Thompson Soccer Complex, featuring eight acres of irrigated fields. But most impressive is Big League Dreams, a sports park that features eight baseball fields, all of which are exact replicas of some of the most famous MLB diamonds. A few of these include Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of our Rangers! Big League Dreams also provides an indoor pavilion for soccer, banquets, and special events, batting cages, and two restaurants overlooking the replica fields.
Another recreational hotspot in Mansfield is Hawaiian Falls Water Park, located next to Big League Dreams. The park features a lazy river, several water slides, a wave pool, and a spray pad area for the little ones.
The city is home to one of the oldest downtown districts in the state of Texas, located in the same spot Feild and Man built their mill more than a century ago. The historic district attracts residents and visitors alike with a number of shops and restaurants, the city’s Historical Museum, and the famous Farr Best Theater. The theater, which was established in 1917, is the city’s go-to place for live music and performances. Downtown Mansfield plays host to several annual events as well, like the St. Paddy’s Day Pickle Parade, Hometown Holidays, and the Hot Beats & Cold Brews Concert Series in October.
Remember what we said about the youth? Well, education is another huge priority in this great city and it is served by one of the best school districts in the state. Mansfield Independent School District has an accountability rating of “Met Standards” on all four required indexes. In 2011, the district opened Frontier High School with a focus on providing students with a college experience by allowing technology to be more easily integrated into the classroom.
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