Foster Park

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Summary

Foster Park is a simple and easily run path that unites with the nearby Kellis Park, as well as with the much larger Overton Park to the north. This is the largest beginning of the southern section of the larger Trinity Trails System that is still in the city proper.

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Chris Fox

Distance

1.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

5.2 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

0 hours

Time can be signficantly lengthened if runners continue beyond the end of Foster Park into Overton Park.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Foster Park is a simple and easily run path that unites with the nearby Kellis Park, as well as with the much larger Overton Park to the north. This is the largest beginning of the southern section of the larger Trinity Trails System that is still in the city proper. Foster Park is edged in a residential neighborhood of the same name. The pleasant running path bordered by a creek, a playground, and a large field, that ambles down a few hills offers a simple run, or for those who want to integrate Foster Park into the larger run of Overton Park to the north, as well as the larger Trinity Trails system.

What Makes It Great

This paved path that is unmarked is shared by cyclists, runners, and those out for a walk. The road passes through lush greenery and large trees, which increase in number the further north runners travel. The hills lead to several crossings of the creek, which offer beautiful views of the babbling water underneath, frequented by birds and even some frogs late in the evening.

The path features an outdoor and public gym set, with a variety of equipment for those who wish to incorporate other muscle building exercises into their runs. The path also passes by a large picnic area and over several wooden bridges to pass over the creek, with plentiful benches for runners who become fatigued.

After passing along the creekside for a mile and a half, the Foster Park path ends abruptly at a street with a small pedestrian crossing. Those who choose to cross the street will find themselves in Overton Park as notated by the trailhead marker across the road. Those runners who are content with their run may simply turn around and run back the way they came toward the parking lots and the beginning of the Foster Park trail.

Who is Going to Love It

Those looking for a short and simple run are rewarded for visiting Foster Park. The park is usually busy around evening, allowing for a nice public space with friendly passers-by while also being exposed to a tree-lined, lush pathway. The point to point path allows for runners to either simply turn around and return where they came from, or continue onward into Overton Park, whereupon they can form a significantly longer loop that will last them nearly an hour at a fair jogging speed.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From I-20, drivers can take Granbury or Trail Lake exits. Eventually, all drivers should take the Trail Lake road north, and will find parking for Foster Park easily visible and accessible. There are no fees for parking here.

Dogs are allowed, although owners are required to pick up after their pets. The park closes at dusk, and those who remain risk receiving a citation. In particular, police in the neighborhood are often harsh to those who leave their cars in the Foster Park parking lot by nightfall, and should runners not return in time, may find themselves with a ticket.

Location

Foster Park

32.684394, -97.374192

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