Blog 2018-12-12T12:27:52-06:00

Things To Do on Panther Island – Thanksgiving Break

Skate at Fort Worth’s outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice with their special Thanksgiving Hours! For more icy info visit their full website. Thanksgiving Break Hours: November 25-29 Monday through Friday 11:00am-11:00pm Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm ICE WEBSITE While you’re there, warm up with some hot chocolate from the Coyote Canteen and watch a double feature on one of Coyote Drive-In’s three movie screens. For a full list of double features check out their website. COYOTE WEBSITE You’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with the family, but now you’re looking to get out of the house?? Stop by Panther Island Brewing, they are open Thanksgiving Day! BREWERY WEBSITE Grab the family and register for the Thanksgiving Day Run taking place on Thanksgiving, November 28, at Panther Island Pavilion. There is still time to register! REGISTER Enjoy the Trinity Trails that stretch over 72 miles throughout our city and run right through Panther Island! If running or walking the trails aren’t your thing, hop on one of the Fort Worth B-Cycle bikes from the Taylor Circle station and

Valley Storage

The future bypass channel will protect more than 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in Fort Worth from the highest level of flooding. However, the bypass channel can’t accomplish this alone. In times of flooding water will be moving through the future bypass channel but there has to be a way to slow that water down so we aren’t flooding our neighbors to the east. A series of valley storage sites (think creating water storage areas downstream to slow water down) is crucial to the Central City Project. The amount of material moved as well as the locations themselves were carefully chosen. These valley storage sites provide the needed flood protection but also provide multiple use opportunities. In many cases (Riverside Park and Gateway Park for example) USACE will excavate the valley storage site and then that area can be turned over to the City of Fort Worth to provide wonderful park amenities for our city. This site will also provide Ecosystem Improvements to the area: Existing grasslands dominated by non-native species would be converted to native grasslands, upland and riparian woodlands, aquatic (oxbow) stream habitat, or emergent wetlands; Existing upland woodlands would be enhanced or converted to riparian woodlands or

FRONT- Mentors & Protégés

The City of Fort Worth is launching a formal mentor/protégé program to help emerging Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (MBEs) build effective working relationships with established contractors and consultants. The Fostering Relationships, Opportunities and Networking Together (FRONT) program will allow Fort Worth’s MBEs to benefit from the knowledge, experience, and social capital of the area’s more established firms, so that they can develop long-term, sustaining relationships within the business community. Mentors are companies already established in the business community willing to invest time and resources to teach critical business strategies to a protégé from the MBE-certified community. Companies of any size within the construction or professional services industries are encouraged to apply as mentors. In order to be eligible to participate in the FRONT program as a mentor, firms must fulfill the following requirements at the time of their application: 1. Perform design, construction, or construction-related professional services as the primary function of their business. 2.Be in business at least five to seven years, with a demonstrated history of prime assignments for at least three years. 3. Have established, documented processes and procedures for major business/operations functions. 4. Have worked, or are currently pursuing work, with the

The need for updated flood protection in the city’s near north side, along with the community’s desire for an urban waterfront, have led the project partners to develop an infrastructure that not only makes our city safer, but also provides a unique opportunity for river recreation and development. The infrastructure constructed as a part of the Central City will eliminate the need for our current levee system – resulting in access right up to the waterfront. The 1.5-mile-long bypass channel and the associated infrastructure is a unique way to provide flood protection for over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our community, protecting them from highest level of flooding expected in the area. Pictured above is the future bypass channel between the Panther Island bridges on Henderson St. and White Settlement.

White Settlement Bridge Update October 2019

Significant progress continues on the White Settlement Bridge. Work completed in October to date includes three major pours on the bridge’s superstructure. The areas indicated in green (below) show the elements of the bridge pours in October. The blue areas in the graphics reflect August/September bridge concrete pours. Work is progressing from west to east on the bridge and it’s anticipated that additional pours will continue throughout the fall and winter. The lower box girder system, which serves as support for the roadway, on Bents 2 and 3 are now complete and the next steps will include the installation of the tie-beams, which will give the bridge span load carrying capabilities for the bridge deck. Check out the diagrams below to see where past and future pours will be taking place.

Stormwater Canal System Taking Shape

The area of our city directly north of downtown, known now as Panther Island, has historically been zoned light industrial providing warehouses, transportation, light assembly, and outside storage. However, under the City of Fort Worth’s Comprehensive Plan, the area is now zoned to deliver a mixed-use product with as many as 10,000 residential units and 3 million square feet of office, retail and residential development.  Although this change in land use and density provides great growth opportunities for our community, it also provides many challenges.  The area lacks even the most basic infrastructure needs to serve the growing area.  The simplest example (albeit kinda gross!) of the lack of system infrastructure needs can be clearly understood just by considering… ahem..  the need to use the restroom. Over the decades, the light industrial area may have had only a couple hundred bathrooms; however with the mixed-use density expected, the number of bathrooms that will be built will likely be in the tens of thousands. The area as it exists today is not setup to provide the density that the City of Fort Worth is planning for the area at full buildout. But increased sewer services is but

Electric Line and Power Poles Relocation

Oncor Electric Delivery is currently relocating a larger transmission electric line and power poles into the Panther Island area. Oncor and Tarrant Regional Water District have worked closely together to masterplan the location of the poles along the current levee system so that in the future, the power poles will be within the median of a major arterial street running along the edge of Panther Island. This will be beneficial to the future development of the area. TRWD coordinated this relocation with the USACE to maintain the current levee system’s integrity.

Valley Storage Work at Gateway Park is Underway

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has begun working on the second phase of valley storage work in Gateway Park. This work is a vital to providing needed flood protection for our city. Check out this brief video above of the progress being made. Map pictured above is of the two work sites for the second phase The work includes the mass excavation of an area in the park for the purposes of developing valley storage for the Fort Worth Central City project. Creating valley storage sites is pivotal to providing flood protection for our city. In addition to the mass excavation, the project includes tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, and site restoration using a variety of seed mixes, and incidental related work. The first phase of valley storage excavation in the park, which was completed earlier this year, involved removing over 1.4 million CY of material (enough material was moved in phase 1 to fill roughly 40% of AT&T stadium). For phase 2 work, roughly 81,000 CY of material will be removed and brought to a haul site within the park where the old wastewater treatment plant was located. Picture

  • Workers constructing the Henderson Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas

October 2019 Bridge Updates

Panther Island Bridge Updates October 2019 Henderson Street Bridge On September 26, the contractor completed the final signature V-Pier on the Henderson bridge. This means all 20 signature v-piers are now completed. With all of the signature V-Piers complete, you can expect to see the superstructure false work (the temporary support structure for construction) to begin spanning this bridge. The superstructure false work is currently under construction on both the north and south ends of the bridge. Once the superstructure false work is in place, the Contractor will begin installing the steel reinforcement for the bridge’s box girder system. The box girder is the portion of the bridge that supports the roadway. White Settlement Bridge Work is well underway on the box girder superstructure on the White Settlement bridge. The box girder is the portion of the bridge that supports the roadway. During the months of August and September, the bridge contractor performed six major concrete pours associated with the bridge’s support system. Major concrete pours have now been performed on three of the four

Bypass Channel – Flood Protection

The bypass channel and the associated infrastructure is a unique way to provide flood protection for over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our community, protecting them from highest level of flooding expected in the area.