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

Meet Darryl Brewer

Darryl Brewer has recently been hired as the new economic development manager for the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.      As part of that role, Brewer proudly serves on the Trinity River Vision Authority’s Fair Contracting Committee as one of the community stakeholders, representing the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. The Fair Contracting Committee is tasked with reaching out to Diverse Businesses in Fort Worth and Tarrant County to enhance awareness of opportunities with the Trinity River Vision/Panther Island project, as well as partner with local chambers, certification agencies, business assistance centers for events and available opportunities.    “I consider it an amazing opportunity to help improve the business and personal lives in our community.” Brewer said. “People are moving to Fort Worth from all over the country. This growth gives us a great chance to participate in the economic wealth that’s being created. We must do our part to our share of the pie. I thank God for preparing me for this time in my life.”    A U.S. Army and Army National Guard veteran, Brewer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is

Architecture Students from Toluca, Mexico Came to Visit

We were excited to have hosted the architecture students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico at our education center for a project briefing and then a tour of the project sites on April 16! The students heard a presentation giving an overview of the three projects and one initiative associated with the Trinity River Vision. They learned about the vision as a whole and the unique pieces that make it up from the needed flood protection to the revitalization of almost 800-acres of land in our Central City. After seeing the presentation, the students took a tour of the project area where they were able to get a first-hand look at TxDOT’S three signature bridges that are currently under construction and stop by the confluence of the west and clear fork of the Trinity River, which will one day be home to the expanded 33-acre town lake.

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Architectural Program from Mexico Partnering Locally

We are excited to host the architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico at our education center for a project briefing and then a tour of the project sites next Tuesday! Below is a press release from Fort Worth Sister Cities International detailing the students exciting trip to Fort Worth: ARCHITECTURAL PROGRAM FROM MEXICO PARTNERING LOCALLY Fort Worth, TX – Visiting delegation hosted by Sister Cities Fort Worth Sister Cities International will host a delegation of architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico. Architectural engineering students and their professor will be in Fort Worth for a mentorship program April 13-20. While in Fort Worth, the group will visit several businesses and universities to learn about the variety of potential careers in their chosen field, and to learn about the sciences behind those fields. The students will also learn about various structures throughout Fort Worth, known for their unique architecture. Students will visit: Bennett Benner Partners, Huitt-Zollars, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Central Library, Tarrant County Courthouse, Trinity

Phase 1 & 2 of Gateway Park

Over 1,625,000 cubic yards of dirt was removed during the first phase of Valley storage excavation at Gateway Park and the old river oxbow was restored. Plans for the second phase include dirt removal from a second area adjacent to Fort Woof and will be used to fill the old waste water treatment plant. This will create additional valley storage to reduce the effects of flooding. This phase is projected to begin late Spring/ early Summer. While the first phase of dirt removal in the Gateway Park area created a lot of on street traffic impacts, traffic impact from the second phase will primarily be contained within the Gateway Park limits. Once construction begins, the public will notice fencing and flag men within the park.

Economic Benefits of Panther Island Project

The need for updated flood protection in Fort Worth, have led the project partners to develop infrastructure that will provide needed flood protection to over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in Fort Worth.  The infrastructure put in place as a part of the Central City flood control project will eliminate the need for our current levee system through a system of gates, valley storage sites, three signature bridges, a downstream dam and a 1.5-mile bypass channel that will redirect potential flood waters. By looking at flood protection in a global way a once-neglected, industrial section of the Trinity River will be transformed  into a vibrant riverfront neighborhood with green spaces bustling with activity and opportunities for living, employment and education. Below are statistics taken from a study conducted by the Center for Economic Development and Research of North Texas in November of 2014. When completed Panther Island is expected to generate more than 29,600 full-time workers in the area. Panther Island will contribute over $3.7 billion in annual economic activity to our region Tax base will increase over a billion dollars from $129 million to $1.3 billion Open the development of over 800 acres connecting Downtown, Cultural District and Stockyards

Statement from Congresswoman Granger: USACE expresses great support for Fort Worth Flood Control Project

WASHINGTON—Today in Washington, top officials testified to their strong commitment for the Fort Worth Central City Flood Control Project. R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works, stated "I very strongly support the project.” James further added "It is a good project.” In response to the committee's questioning the Corps' commitment to finishing projects once started, like the Fort Worth project,  Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, Commanding General Chief of Engineers, responded "Absolutely." He closed by saying if the administration provides the funding, "we are absolutely committed to ruthlessly continuing to complete all projects and get them done." “It has been an honor to work with the Fort Worth US Army Corps of Engineers," said Congresswoman Granger. "Fort Worth appreciates their continued commitment and their recognition of how important this project is for the protection of our community." Background: The Fort Worth Central City project (known locally as the Trinity River Vision/Panther Island Flood Control Project) would deliver needed flood protection for over 2400 acres of existing Fort Worth neighborhoods valued at over $2.4 billion.  The Project includes cleaning numerous hazardous waste sites providing critical urban aquatic ecosystem restoration. Construction was initiated in 2009 using a combination

8 Things To Do on Panther Island

Walk, Run, or Bike the Trinity Trails There are 72 miles of Trinity Trails and lucky for us they run right through Panther Island! Bring your dog (on a leash), friends and family out for a nice time on the trails. Enjoy an Unique Movie Watching Experience The Coyote Drive-In experience allows you to enjoy a movie from your car or bring some chairs and sit outside of it. Also explore the playground, beer garden, place for kids to throw the ball around all for a great outdoor experience. Coyote shows double features every night on four different screens. Pet friendly and they show movies rain or shine. Attend an Event at Panther Island Pavilion Event season has officially kicked off at Panther Island Pavilion. They have a stacked calendar, year round, full of concerts, festivals, fun runs, tubing and more! Meet Major Ripley Allen Arnold Located at the McMillan Plaza right next to Panther Island Pavilion, stands the statue of Fort Worth’s founder, Major Ripley Arnold. Be sure to pay your respects and learn some of Fort Worth’s rich history! Drink a Cold One Panther Island Brewing is located at the corner of 4th

Environmental Restoration

The Panther Island Project is comprised of five project goals that are a guide for smart, sustainable redevelopment of our city’s core. Once flood protection measures are in place, a once-neglected, industrial section of the Trinity River will have the opportunity to be transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with green spaces and opportunities for living, employment and education. While previous levee construction has provided a level of flood protection, it left much of the Trinity River with little environmental character. For the last few decades, project partners, The Tarrant Regional Water District and Streams and Valleys, Inc. have taken major steps toward enhancing the river’s ecosystem. This project aims to maintain their restoration improvement efforts. Due to the historical industrial zoning, numerous environmental problems existed in the project area varying from chemicals and different pollutants including heavy metal contaminants, ground water and petroleum byproducts. From its inception, the project has been part of a Volunteer Cleanup Program (VCP) through the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This means every part of the ecosystem restoration related to the project is cleaned to residential standards. To date, 18 out of the 27 total properties identified