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

DID YOU KNOW: Urban Revitalization

Did you know the new infrastructure updates needed for flood protection will aid in restoring 800+ acres of underutilized, industrial land on the island? The new bypass channel and associated flood control infrastructure will aid in restoring more than 800 acres of underutilized land resulting in opportunities for housing units, commercial and retail space as well as connect Downtown with the Cultural District and The Stockyards. Panther Island is expected to… Generate more than 29,600 full-time workers in the area Contribute over $3.7 billion in annual economic activity to our region Increase the tax base by over a billion dollars from $129 million to $1.3 billion Connect Downtown with the Cultural District and The Stockyards Add 12 miles of developable waterfront in our central business district

2019 Financial Recap

2019 Financial Recap The Tarrant Regional Water District will provide the final installments of its $200 million loan to the Panther Island flood control project within the next year, leading to a possible bond sale to pay for the remaining local components. The District expects to provide the final $13.3 million of its loan commitment for construction of the $1.16 billion Panther Island project, which will create a waterfront community on an 800-acre island north of downtown Fort Worth. The District will complete funding their loan by mid-2019, meaning that the District’s board members will next consider selling bonds to sustain the $32.9 million budget adopted in September for the 2019 fiscal year. “At some point they will have to decide if they (the TRWD Board) want to switch over from the loan to a bond sale,” to continue funding, said Sandy Newby, the District’s Financial Director following a presentation to the District’s board at its December meeting. “Our board wants to make sure the public knows how the money is being spent and when we get to the point where bonds will have to be sold. They want to authorize the first use

DID YOU KNOW: The Confluence

The area of water where the Clear Fork and West Fork intersect and continue to flow east is referred to as the confluence.  The confluence will undergo an expansion that is an important part of the Central City Project. With the levee system that is in place today, the flood control portion of that area is not withstanding the population growth in Fort Worth which in return causes the water to fill up that space quicker. Eventually, the confluence will have a 33-acre expansion, making it into basically the size of Town Lake in Austin, TX. This expansion will not only create an urban lake to the island but will aid in the flood control of the Central City Project by adding space for storage of water during a flood. The urban lake will eventually turn into a focal point for outdoor activity on the island, including kayaking, paddle boarding and people being able to get out and enjoy the water. Click on the button below to read more about the other steps being taken for flood protection and other project goals. Project Goals

Bridge Tour October 25, 2018

On October 25, a group of aspiring Civil Engineers from The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University had the opportunity to visit the signature v-pier bridges involved in the Panther Island Project. A few students were members of The American Society of Civil Engineers from their respective universities. The group had the opportunity to hear from project partners and consultants. They saw firsthand the progress being made on all three bridges.  TxDot, City of Fort Worth and other project partners were able to show the construction elements that go into a bridge design that has never been constructed before. These students gained invaluable experience by getting up close and personal with the signature v-pier bridges while listening to project managers explain the process. The ASCE Fort Worth Branch and TexITE Greater Fort Worth Section were the sponsoring organizations. The speakers/tour guides on the tour are listed below: Alex Garcia, P.E., Freese & Nichols Mildred Palangan, P.E., TxDOT Fort Worth District Brad Watson, P.E., Freese & Nichols Scott Cooner, P.E., Texas A&M Transportation Institute Doug Rademaker, P.E., City of Fort Worth

Fort Worth ISD Schools on Skates — Week One Recap

Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas and Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth, thousands of FWISD elementary students from 23 Fort Worth ISD schools will get the opportunity to experience Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice! “We are so excited to launch this program with the Trinity River Vision Authority and give some of our very deserving students a chance to experience one of Fort Worth’s newest holiday traditions,” said Tobi Jackson, FWISD Board President. “Without the program most of these students would not have had the opportunity to experience the ice rink,” she said. We kicked off the Fort Worth ISD Schools on Skates program with Greenbriar, Charles Nash, and M.L. Phillips Elementary School's 3rd graders last week. They were the first to enjoy Panther Island Ice this year before the rink opened to the public on Friday, November 16. Thank you to Blue Zones Project - Forth Worth and Bank of Texas for helping us make this program possible! “We are proud to partner with Trinity River Vision Authority again this year to support Fort Worth ISD and ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity

Panther island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2018 Panther Island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program Schools on Skates Media Day to be held on November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FORT WORTH, TX – Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas and Blue Zones Project - Fort Worth thousands of FWISD elementary students will get the opportunity to experience Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice. FWISD Schools on Skates is a program which will allow students from 23 FWISD elementary schools to experience ice skating at Panther Island Ice. The media is invited for photo and interview opportunities on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to kick off the Schools on Skates Program with students from Greenbriar Elementary. The Trinity River Vision Authority has partnered with Bank of Texas who have generously covered the cost of student transportation for the FWISD Schools on Skates program. “We are proud to partner with Trinity River Vision Authority again this year to support Fort Worth ISD and ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to enjoy Panther Island Ice,” said Mark Nurdin, Fort Worth

Does Your Bid Have Bang? Workshop

Trinity River Vision Authority hosted "Does Your Bid Have Bang? - Meet The Project Managers" workshop on November 8, 2018. Attendees heard advice from project managers that would help prepare them for upcoming Panther Island/Gateway Park bid opportunities and how to create a bid packet with a bang at our for future proposals.

fortworth Magazine: What’s Up With Panther Island: The Latest on the Trinity River Vision

Trinity River Vision Project on For years, Fort Worth residents, new and old, have heard tales of the Panther Island Project and the potential of having a San Antonio-type riverwalk in our own backyard. Unfortunately, it seemed the Trinity River Vision (TRV), a master plan for 88 miles of Trinity River shoreline in Fort Worth, took a backseat to other Tarrant County developments popping up in all directions. But, after years of being stalled by unforeseen circumstances, the project is finally taking off. “I came up with the concept of TRV while I was mayor,” U.S. Representative Kay Granger says. Surveying the landscape, she recognized Fort Worth had a hidden asset. “Fort Worth has a river that connects the historic Stockyards, the revitalized downtown and the nationally renowned museum district,” she says. “Unfortunately, because of how the flood control had been constructed in the past, the levees hid the river and broke up access to the three key areas of Fort Worth.” You see, everything changed after the great flood of 1949, which completely swamped the West Seventh corridor and forced residents to maneuver the streets in fishing boats. Miles of levees

White Settlement Bridge Update 10/23/18

Hear from Doug Rademaker with the City of Fort Worth, Panther Island Bridges Project Manager, as he explains the progress being made on the White Settlement Bridge.

Women in Leadership: Construction Panel

The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce celebrates and supports women in leadership roles who are trailblazers in their industries. The past  Women in Leadership breakfast that was held on October 18 featured women in construction. The event moderator will be Becky Fetty. Women in Leadership Panelists included: Tracey Hart, Byrne Construction Services Crystal Cantu, The Beck Group Stacy Beeson, Trinity River Vision Gwen Wilson, City of Fort Worth Business Development Bianca Sandoval, Austin Industries