Here’s another reason for families with young children to move into the growing Walsh area of far west Fort Worth.
The area, which bills itself as “the next great neighborhood of Fort Worth,” soon will have a pediatric care center of its own.
The Walsh community, an area that not long ago was vacant prairie, has been chosen as the site for a new Cook Children’s Health Care System pediatric care facility.
The facility will offer urgent care, primary care and specialty services related to sports and orthopedics. That means parents of young children will be able to visit the facility for anything from vaccinations to wellness and newborn appointments, broken bones, influenza and many other medical needs.
The pediatric care center is expected to open in fall 2019. It is under construction on eight acres just south of Interstate 30 and accessible by Walsh Ranch Parkway.
“A lot of the folks in that area already come to our downtown area, and we wanted to get the services closer to that population,” said Spencer Seals, Cook Children’s vice president of real estate.
Cook Children’s, which operates a regionally known medical center and emergency room in Fort Worth’s medical district and also runs dozens of neighborhood medical facilities across North Texas, is scheduled to formally announce the new pediatric care center on Wednesday.
The Walsh development is being built on 7,200 acres of once-uninhabited, pristine prairie near the merge of Interstates 30 and 20. The area, which is within the Aledo school district, is expected to eventually be home to 50,000 people living in 15,000 homes. Several hundred home buyers already call Walsh home.
“The new Cook Children’s facility going in near the Walsh development will be able to flex and expand as that region of Fort Worth continues to grow,” Rick Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s, said in an email.