Named for the Vandergriff Family, it’s one of the largest parks in the city. Although not a founding family, they helped shape modern-day Arlington into what it is today. Mayor Vandergriff served the City of Arlington from 1951 to 1977. His list of accomplishments is impressive. His leadership helped bring the General Motors Assembly Plant, Six Flags, Lake Arlington, the Texas Rangers, and many more things to our city. From jobs to the local economy and entertainment to tourism, the city still feels his impact today.
Vandergriff Park is a sprawling site over 100 acres in size. The site includes Vandergriff Park, the Bob Duncan Center (for events), and connects with Marrow Bone Spring Park. Inside the area are baseball/softball fields, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a skatepark, walking/biking trails, pavilions, picnic areas, playgrounds, and some local history. It’s a diverse area.
While in the park, look for the Vandergriff “V” — it’s blue and 30 feet tall, so it shouldn’t be hard to miss. (It’s between the skatepark and swimming pool if you need a hint.) The giant V used to be at the Vandergriff Chevrolet car dealership, which was at the corner of Collins and Division Streets for 30 years.
2800 S. Center Street
Post and photos by Jason S. Sullivan, 04-29-21