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The newest player on
the Parker County scene is Walsh, which debuted in 2017 and, at buildout, will be the largest master planned devel- opment in the United States. Conceived 30 years ago by Howard Walsh, the develop- ment is taking shape in the foothills of what was formerly the Walsh Ranch.
“Howard Walsh had the foresight to install water
and sewer sleeves under the highway (Interstates 20 and 30) before it was built,” said Bexie Nobles, Director of Community Relations for Walsh. “An original Master Concept plan for the area was completed around 2000.”
The plan included residen- tial areas, commercial areas, town centers, and true to the neighborhood’s agricultural roots, more than 2,300 acres of dedicated open space, where native prairie land is encour- aged to flourish.
“A balanced, authentic place is what Mary D. and Howard Walsh, known for their phil- anthropic nature and commit- ment to the education and arts, would have wanted,” Nobles said. “With that vision in mind, work on Walsh began in earnest a few years ago and will contin- ue for decades to come.”
While Walsh is technically part of the city of Fort Worth, most of the development will sit inside Parker County, with most of its students attending Aledo ISD. The school district, anticipating the forthcoming population explosion, opened it fifth elementary school – Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Elementary – in August 2017. Other campuses are expected in years to come.
Walsh already has a wide variety of amenities available to residents: a fitness center and multiple pools are open for business, as well as some off-the-beaten-path ideas such as a community greenhouse and maker space. Basketball, tennis, and other sport courts are slated for the future.
Walsh Village lies at the center of Phase 1 of the development.
 Walsh also debuted the Walsh Village Market last year, a twist on the average corner convenience store that also offers locally-sourced meals, grab-and-go snacks, and household essentials.
Plans for projects down the road include a dog park, demonstration garden, recre- ational lagoon, and musical playground.
“The progress we’ve made at Walsh has exceeded our expectations,” Nobles said. “Spring selling season was on par with expectations and the demand hasn’t dropped in the summer.”
Nobles said the community is beginning to build just as it was envisioned.
“The community is designed to bring neighbors together and encourages residents to rediscover the outdoors through its network of hike and bike trails leading to the heart of the neighbor- hood: The Walsh Village,” said Nobles. “Walsh was designed with these moments in mind to take place now and for genera- tions to come.”
- Rosealee Hoffman
The community garden is next to the neighborhood greenhouse.
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Amenities at Walsh include a fitness center and multiple pools.

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