Fort Worth on the Trinity River The Trinity River has been an invaluable asset to Fort Worth, Texas, since its founding in 1849. As the city expanded, efforts were made to construct levees and safety features along the river to provide protection during high-water events. Recently, however, Fort Worth has outgrown the existing levee system’s area of protection.Recognizing the problem, the project partners, the citizens of Fort Worth, and businesses began pursuing a project to ensure the safety of their community while establishing a new mixed-use and entertainment district. The Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA) organized in 2006 as a group of stakeholders from local governments and regional water authorities to bring that project to fruition.Municipal Water Leader’s senior writer, John Crotty, spoke with TRVA Executive Director J.D. Granger about the efforts to ensure public safety and provide Fort Worth with a refreshed business district.John Crotty: What are the major flood control components of the Trinity River Vision?J.D. Granger: The Trinity River Vision plan is a plan to address our outdated levees. Our levee system was built for a population of 350,000 in 1960. However, the population has outgrown the system. Now we have a population of around 900,000
Recently, Travel Market Report put out an article highlighting the “top 5 most spectacular celebrations to share in across the nation for America’s birthday.” Along with major metropolitan cities Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta and New York, Fort Worth was recognized for our Fort Worth’s Fourth event. Fort Worth’s Fourth is the largest single day festival in Fort Worth and features the largest fireworks show in North Texas on the 4th of July. READ THE ARTICLE
Texas Sterling, the Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor for the Panther Island bridges, has been making major progress on the new White Settlement Bridge. The eighth and final concrete V-pier pour was completed in May, and the contractor has started constructing the superstructure that will allow for the construction of the deck structure — the part of the bridge motorists will drive on. The contractor is currently working on both the east and west ends of the bridge. The new bridge will serve as a connector across a new bypass channel and over the Trinity River. The bridge will join its partners at Main Street and Henderson Street as one of Fort Worth’s three iconic V-pier bridges. The Panther Island project is a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority, TxDOT, the City of Fort Worth, North Central Texas Council of Governments, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tarrant County.
Dallas Morning News: Why is Fort Worth called Panther City? Curious Texas investigates a regional rivalry
Have you ever wondered where the name Panther Island comes from? The City of Fort Worth and the panther have always had a rich history. From statues downtown to the Fort Worth Police Department the panther has been a mascot for Fort Worth since the late 1800’s. Read more about where Panther City got its name from this article in the Dallas Morning News. Dallas Morning News "Why is Fort Worth called Panther City? Curious Texas investigates a regional rivalry"
Encore Enterprises has broken ground on the first multi-family community on Panther Island. Encore Panther Island will be a 5 story, 300 unit apartment complex built directly over the first section of canal. See more on the construction progress of Encore Panther Island from CBS 11 reporter Jason Allen. CBS 11 STORY: Promise Of ‘Island Living’ In Fort Worth May Be Coming True
Visit Fort Worth put together this great video showcasing things to do on Panther Island. From concerts to kayaks Panther Island is your epicenter for outdoor activity. Visit trinityrivervision.org to see everything Panther Island has to offer. Experience Panther Island today!
Fort Worth Police Returning To Old Training Center That May Not Be Usable In 5 Years FORT WORTH (CBS11) – Seven years ago Fort Worth sold its aging police and fire training center on Calvert St., and moved out. Now, police are getting ready to move back in. City crews are putting in walls, adding doors, and finishing work turning training rooms into office space. The $2.2 million project includes upgrading electrical, heating, air conditioning and running cable for computers. A couple hundred employees are expected to move in in April. They may have to move out again though in less than five years. While the training center was aging, it’s also is in the way of the Trinity River Vision, an effort to reshape the city’s north side, and reroute the Trinity River. One of the new channels would run across the edge of the property, and potentially a road through the middle of it. That’s one of the reasons the city sold the property in 2011 for more than $4 million to the Tarrant Regional Water District. “When we sold this facility, we were getting out of it, and we weren’t coming back,” said Steve Cooke, the director
Fort Worth Business Press: Water District may put $250 million bond plan to voters Marice Richter firstname.lastname@example.org The Tarrant Regional Water District is set to ask voters to approve adding another $250 million to the tab for the long-planned Panther Island project north of downtown Fort Worth. The water district board of directors’ monthly meeting on Thursday includes an agenda item to call call the bond election on May 5. If voters agree, the cost of the project is expected to increase to $1.16 billion up from $909 million, according to TRWD documents. TRWD officials said the bond would not require a tax rate increase. In a document about the proposed bond issue, TRWD officials said the agency had been relying on natural gas revenues to pay its portion of the formidable project but the drop in natural gas prices has wiped out that revenue stream. “After thoroughly examining different options that respect the existing caps and maintained an expected zero tax rate increase, it was determined that this lost funding could be replaced with the issuance of an expected zero-tax rate increase improvement bond package,” the document states. Along with the lost natural revenue, the cost of the
Star-Telegram: Part of Fort Worth’s Main Street to close as work revs up on Panther Island bridges Motorists who use North Main Street to travel between downtown Fort Worth and the Stockyards should be prepared to use a detour — for roughly the next three years. Starting at 3 a.m. Saturday, North Main Street will be closed in both directions between Northeast Seventh and 11th streets — not far from LaGrave Field and the Coyote Drive-In theater. Traffic will be detoured to Commerce Street and delays for drivers are expected to be minimal. The reason? Workers will be building a new bridge as part of the nearly $1 billion Panther Island project that will eventually carry North Main Street traffic over a re-routed portion of the Trinity River. The bridge will be built over dry land so that when the money is available to re-route the river, the road will already be in place. Read the rest of the story on the Star-Telegram's Website >
STAR-TELEGRAM: $55 million Panther Island community taking shape in Fort Worth For years, it seemed as if the Panther Island project was going nowhere. While land was being purchased and buildings demolished to make way for the $910 million flood control and economic development project, sometimes it was hard to imagine if it would ever be built — much less what it might look like. That won’t be a problem in 2018. Work on all three of the project’s landmark bridges — White Settlement Road and Henderson Street and North Main Street — will pick up speed. On the White Settlement bridge, workers will complete pouring concrete in its eight signature v-piers and begin erecting the rest of the superstructure. During the first quarter of 2018, construction on the $55 million, 300-unit Encore Panther Island community is expected to begin. Besides being the first private development, it also will straddle the first section of one of the interior canals. Construction on the canal is expected to begin next year, too. Work on the valley storage areas to hold floodwaters will continue. The first phase of the excavation in Gateway Park in east Fort Worth will be completed and