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Fritz Park Petting Farm

Subfacility of Fritz Park

Features

  1. Animals
  2. Guided Tours
Location of Petting Farm
The free petting farm is only open during the months of June and July, weather permitting. Located near East 15th Street and East Vilbig Road, the park is easily accessible from anywhere in the Metroplex.

Hours of Operation - June 1 to July 31
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
2 to 6 p.m. Sun.
Closed Mon.

About the Petting Farm
The Fritz Park Petting Farm opened in June 1970 under the supervision and direction of the City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department. The petting farm is a place where children of all ages can see animals up close and actually touch and pet them. This experience would otherwise not be available to many people residing in urban areas.

Petting Farm Features
The petting farm provides a peaceful setting where visitors can enjoy the animals in a clean, well-shaded environment. A variety of animals, such as cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and even peacocks, reside at the farm. The petting farm isn't just fun — it's educational as well! Children come with their school classes, and with their parents and grandparents.

Guided Tours
Day care centers, school classes and private groups can make reservations for guided tours of the petting farm. Staff will give a personal introduction to the animals and provide an educational experience for the children. Tours usually last about 30 minutes and can be scheduled between 10 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday. Call the Fritz Park Petting Farm during the months of June and July at (972) 721-2640.

Volunteers
Children 12 years of age or older may become petting farm volunteers if they possess the ability to follow directions, have a strong sense of responsibility, and a love for animals and children. Volunteers help in many ways at the petting farm: assist in the feeding of animals; help maintain a clean environment for both the animals and visitors; and assist staff in other ways, such as showing the animals. Volunteers provide an invaluable service on the petting farm, and we truly appreciate their contribution. The volunteers benefit from the program, which gives them the opportunity to work and learn. The number of volunteers is limited, so come to the Fritz Park Petting Farm early in the summer to assist.